Competition: US & Canada
Maris Curran’s films have shown at Berlinale, TIFF, MoMA, the NY Times Op-Docs, the National Gallery of Art, and PBS’s Independent Lens. Her most recent award-winning feature, JEANNETTE, follows Jeannette Feliciano, a survivor of the Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre and provides an intimate window into the aftermath of trauma. Her fiction feature, FIVE NIGHTS IN MAINE, starring David Oyelowo, Dianne Wiest, and Rosie Perez, premiered at TIFF and was released theatrically in 2016. Her work has been supported by Cinereach, the Tribeca Film Institute, IFP, Film Independent, Frameline, and SFFILM. Her two short award-winning documentaries, WHILE I YET LIVE about five quilters and freedom fighters from Gee’s Bend, Alabama and THE MAN IS THE MUSIC about the artist and musician Lonnie Holley played over one hundred festivals and museums around the world. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program, was a Fulbright Fellow in Mexico City, and was named a 2023 Guggenheim Fellow. Raised in Philly, Maris now lives in Los Angeles with her partner and young son.