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, and then as a multimedia consultant for the government in Washington, DC.
Student Symposium Fellow, Telluride Film Festival, 2009
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.
16mm color film
A profile of people who must "trash-out" the remains of economic crisis.
An intimate portrait of a family in Iowa whose lives begin to change when their first son is diagnosed with a rare behavioral disorder.
16mm black and white film