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Maria Fortiz-Morse

Maria Fortiz-Morse

Documentary Film and Video


Maria Fortiz-Morse seeks to communicate the essential humanity of her subjects through the use of intimate observational camerawork. Her experience growing-up in a multiracial family has inspired her to document stories that can bridge cultural differences and compel viewers to become invested in social change. Prior studying documentary filmmaking at Stanford University, Fortiz-Morse has worked as an associate producer and researcher for a PBS affiliate in New York City.



Student Symposium Fellow, Telluride Film Festival, 2009

Little Mom 

hd video
JUNE, 2010

Shayna and Kassandra are twelve-year-old girls from different families, but they share a unique responsibility -- they help their mothers take care of their disabled brothers. Through observational footage, this film offers a rare glimpse into the plight of child-caregivers in the USA, a hidden population of over 1.4 million. This film speaks to the sacrifices that child-caregivers must make each day in order to keep their families together.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Semi-Finalist, Angelus Student Film Awards, 2011
Nominee, IDA/David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award, 2010
UNAFF, 2012
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2012
Sprout Film Festival, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012
Sene Film Festival, 2012
Capital City Film Festival, 2012


16mm color film
JUNE, 2009

A profile of people who must "trash-out" the remains of economic crisis.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Buying and Selling: Stanford Student Filmmakers on Bay Area Economies, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 2013
Broadcast on POV, PBS, 2010
Independent Film Channel (IFC) Center (Doxita Season 3: Life is a Progress), 2010
True/False Film Festival, 2010
AFI Silverdocs, 2010
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2010
Starz Denver Film Festival, 2010
Dallas Video Festival, 2010
San Francisco Frozen Film Festival, 2010
Crossroads Film Festival, 2010
Kansas City Film Festival, 2010
RiverRun International Film Festival, 2010
Southern California Business Film Festival, 2010
The Coolidge Corner Theater, Boston, 2010
Ashland Independent Film Festival, 2010
Burbank International Film Festival, 2010
Chicago Filmmakers, New Documentary Showcase, 2010
Gig Harbor Film Festival, 2009
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, 2009
Atlantic Film Festival, 2009
Virginia Film Festival, 2009
Great Lakes Independent Film Festival, 2009
Rockport Film Festival, 2009
Southern Appalachian International Film Festival, 2009
High Desert Shorts International Film Festival, 2009
Mandurah Short Film Festival, Australia, 2009

Keith and Daniel

(originally titled: Come Away Sweetly)

hd video
Co-directed by David Alvarado
MARCH, 2009

An intimate portrait of a family in Iowa whose lives begin to change when their first son is diagnosed with a rare behavioral disorder.

Syndirella and the Lipstick Conspiracy 

16mm black and white film

Motivated by the opportunity to become the new drummer for a transgender band called 'Lipstick Conspiracy', Syndirella moves from Michigan to San Francisco and begins her transition from masculine to feminine.



June 12, 2010

Free and Open to the Public

June 11, 2009

Free and open to the public

March 17, 2009

Free and open to the public

December 9, 2008

Free and open to the public