Maria Agui Carter

Iguana Films LLC

Full Bio

Ms. Agui Carter immigrated to the U.S. from Ecuador, grew up an undocumented Dreamer, and graduated from Harvard University. She is passionate about using media storytelling to inspire social change and specializes in visually arresting and complex storytelling, working in both English and Spanish language films and transmedia. She is an advocate for diversity in media, and believes in the power of media to effect social justice. She is a trustee of NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers) and on the Advisory Board of the Filmmakers Collaborative.

Over a dozen of her films (written, produced, directed by credit) have shown on PBS, on Cable and in film festivals. Her film on censorship of Jazz and Hip Hop, The Devils Music was hailed by the New York Times as a documentary that addressing the complex interaction of race and class engages viewers in a conversation as vigorous as the art it chronicles.

Her most recent works aired on national PBS are: No Job For a Woman (producer),

Professional Credits

Rebel Writer, Producer, Director Iguana Films, PBS Natnl. broadcast 2013, (75 min. & 52 min.) Doc and transmedia project based on the memoir of Loreta Velazquez, soldier and secret agent of the American Civil War. 2014 Erik Barnouw Honorable Mention Award, Best Historical Film in America, 2014 Gutsy Gals Best Feature of the Americas. Frameline Film festival premiere. REBELDOCUMENTARY.COM

Secret Soldier Writer, Producer, Director Iguana Films, 2012, National Parks, 20 min.

Short about Loreta Velazquez for screening in U.S. National Parks for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Voices of Dreamtown Consulting Producer projected 2015 broadcast and theatrical release

Feature verite documentary about Afro Ecuadorean soccer players overcoming poverty and racism.

No Job for a Woman Producer Hurry Up Sister Productions, 2011, PBS World Broadcast 2013, 65 min.

Senior producer and business consultant for feature documentary and new media project about the women journalist
Industry Awards

Gutsy Gals Award for best feature of the Americas 2014 awarded for Rebel at Berkshire Conf. women

NALIP 15 for 15 National Association of Latino Independent Producers choice as one of the 15 outstanding Latino filmmakers in the last 15 years in the USA, 2014

Powermeter100 El Planeta News, One of the 100 Most Influential to Hispanics in MA, 2014

Erik Barnouw Honorable Mention Award Best historical film in America, (Org. Am. Historians) Rebel 2014

Independent Television Services 2008 postproduction grant for Rebel, 2009 New Media grant

National Black Programming Consortium 2006 New Media Institute consulting producer

Corporation for Public Broadcasting/PBS Producers Academy 2005 fellow

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities 2004 & 2008 grant

National Association of Latino Independent Producers Academy 2003, 2006 Producers Lab fellow

Latino Public Broadcasting 2003, 2004 grants, production and post production

Massachusetts Cultural Council 2002 grant

National Endowment f