Maria Burton, named by Variety as "talent to watch," has directed five successful feature films, the latest of which was acquired by Mar Vista for release in 2016 and Netflix 2017. 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, is now available on Netflix and iTunes. Burton's sixth feature, For the Love of George, a comedy starring Nadia Jordan, Tate Donovan, Rosanna Arquette, Rex Lee and Kristen Johnston, is currently set for a 2018 release.
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. An Emeritus Board Member of the Alliance of Women Directors, as well as Global Girl Media, Burton also works on social and political campaigns, including commercials for the #MarchingForward viral video produced for The Representation Project and Global Girl Media, 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 a member of Film Fatales and was recently elected a Co-Chair of the DGA's Women's Steering Committee.
Burton is one of 3 drama directors chosen for the CBS 2017-18 Directors Initiative. She was also selected for the Rodrigo Garcia/Jon Avnet Indigenous Incubator ProjectHER in conjunction with Conde Nast, for which she wrote and directed Good Eggs which will be released Spring 2018. Her Mercury 13 screenplay has been named to the Athena List, the Bechdel/Bitch List and is a 2016 Nicholl Quarterfinalist.
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.
"Her movies have a touch of magic in them."
- Maria Jacquemetton, Writer/Executive Producer Mad Men
"A problem solver. Good with comedy and good with drama."
- Darin Henry, Producer/Writer Seinfeld, The War at Home, Shake it Up, KC Undercover
"She has a keen eye for a good shot and is well liked by those both in front of
and behind the camera."
- Don McGill, Executive Producer CSI, NCIS Co-Creator