María Agui Carter immigrated to the U.S. from Ecuador as a child, grew up an undocumented "Dreamer," and graduated from Harvard University. She is an award-winning filmmaker specializing in visually arresting and complex storytelling as a writer, director and producer. She is an advocate for Latino and social issue filmmakers, and has served as Chair of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, and of the Filmmaker’s Collaborative. She has been the winner of a Rockefeller, a George Peabody Gardner, and a Warren Fellowship, and has been a visiting scholar/artist at Harvard, Tulane and Brandeis. A working writer, producer and director, her most recent films are No Job For a Woman (Producer), and REBEL (Writer, Producer, Director) touring in 2013/14 on the festival and semi-theatrical circuit and broadcast on national PBS.
The greatest documentaries grab the viewer and never let go. Documentary is not just the recording of reality, but an author's rendering of reality told in a time-based medium. It is a storyteller's art. How do you approach shooting your story to ensure a smooth edit? What do you look for in your film characters? How do you select the best material to help you craft that tale in interviews and in your filming? How do you structure your story beats for greatest impact in the edit room?