Maria Burton (Director, Producer, Actor)
Named by Variety as “talent to watch,” has directed five successful feature films. A Sort of Homecoming, the feature film starring Laura Marano (Austin & Ally), Katherine McNamara (Shadowhunters), Parker Mack (Chasing Life), Michelle Clunie (Queer as Folk, Teen Wolf) and Kathleen Wilhoite, was acquired by Mar Vista and released in May 2016, now available on iTunes, Amazon, etc. In April, 2016, Burton helmed For the Love of George, a comedy starring Nadia Jordan, Tate Donovan, Rosanna Arquette, Rex Lee and Kristen Johnston, currently in post production.
Burton’s earlier films are Just Friends (AMC/WE), Temps (Netflix), and Manna From Heaven(MGM/SONY), and Sign My Snarling Movie– a documentary about the popular a cappella singing group, The Bobs. Burton recently directed the webseries, Old Guy, starring Peri Gilpin (Frasier) and produced The Happiest Day of His Life(MTV/Logo), Kings, Queens & In-Betweens, and Julia Sweeney’s Letting Go of God (Showtime.)
Burton helms her production company, Five Sisters Productions, with her real-life siblings, and also works on social and political campaigns, including commercials for the “Mamas for Obama” Campaign and the Campaign for the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, featuring Julia Ormond. Other directing work includes Stephen Kanner: A Retrospective, a short film about visionary architect Stephen Kanner for the A+D Museum, “Act I” for the USA Pavilion for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai,”The Path to a Cure” for MGH’s ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic and commercials for the “Faces of Ford – Your Ford Story” Campaign for Ford Motor Company.
Burton is an Emeritus Board Member of the Alliance of Women Directors, as well as Global Girl Media, an organization which celebrates and connects the voices of young women around the world through new media technologies to support social change. Burton is also a member of Film Fatales.
Burton is developing an indie TV pilot, MidLife, as well as her next feature film, a drama inspired by the “Mercury 13” women who were tested for the original astronaut program in 1961-62.