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Maria Giese is an American feature film director and screenwriter. A member of the Directors Guild of America, and an activist for parity for women directors in Hollywood, she writes and lectures about the under-representation of women filmmakers in the United States.
She has a bachelor's degree from Wellesley College and a Masters of Fine Arts in film directing from the University of California, Los Angeles's Graduate School of Film and Technology. While at UCLA, she produced the student film A Dry Heat, for which she won a CINE Golden Eagle Award.
She wrote and directed the 1996 British film When Saturday Comes, produced by Capitol Films, UK, starring Sean Bean, Academy Award nominee Pete Postlethwaite, and Emily Lloyd. She also wrote, directed, and co-produced Hunger, based on Nobel laureate Knut Hamsun's 1890 existentialist novel of the same title. "Hunger" was the first digital film ever made based on a classic work of literature. It starred Joseph Culp and Robert Culp and received two Best Film Awards and a Best Underground Film award.
Giese's other directing work includes, a short doc “A Lotta Lambada,” award-winning short, “Take Your Seat” (aka Jewish Water) which also won a Cine Golden Eagle, and an episode of th TV sitcom “Solo En America” for Columbia TriStar. She rewrote “North Star” from Christophe Lambert, James Caan, and Catherine McCormack; directed by Nils Gaup.
She has taught film & TV production at UCLA Extension, lectures regularly, and writes extensively.
Giese is an active member of the Directors Guild of America since 1999 and currently serves as the Women’s DGA Director Category Rep.
Giese is the recipient of numerous awards including two Golden Cine Eagles, a Kovler Writing Award, a Spotlight Award, First Prize at the American International Film Festival, a Charles Speroni Scholarship, and an MPAA Award of Excellence.
Giese is an activist for women directors and is the co-founder of the globally read web forum, “Women Directors: Navigating the Boys’ Club.” Giese is a member of the Alliance of Women Directors.
Giese lives in Venice, CA
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- Giese, Maria. "Lights, Camera, Inaction!". MS Magazine. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
- Giese, Maria. "DGA Celebrates Women Directors, But What's the Next Move?". Indiewire. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
- Maria Giese at the Internet Movie Database
- Official website
- Official blog
- Maria Giese on Twitter
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