Maria Burton, named by Variety as "talent to watch," has directed six successful feature films, the latest of which are currently available on Netflix and Amazon: A Sort of Homecoming, a coming of age story set in the world of high-school debate, starring Laura Marano (Austin & Ally), Katherine McNamara (Shadowhunters), Parker Mack (Chasing Life), Michelle Clunie (Queer as Folk, Teen Wolf) and Kathleen Wilhoite; and For the Love of George, a comedy with stars including Tate Donovan, Rosanna Arquette, Rex Lee, Marina Sirtis and Kristen Johnston.
Burton has just been selected as one of the directors in the Disney/ABC 2018-20 Directing Program; she was also chosen for the 2018 Ryan Murphy HALF Initiative and as one of the 3 drama directors in the CBS 2017-18 Directors Initiative. She was also tapped for the Rodrigo Garcia/Jon Avnet Indigenous Incubator ProjectHER, for which she wrote and directed Good Eggs, a short pilot currently on Amazon in the ProjectHER series.
Burton's earlier features 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. As Co-Chair of the DGA's Women's Steering Committee, Alt to the National Board, and an Advisory Board member of the Alliance of Women Directors, as well as Global Girl Media, and member of Film Fatales, Burton actively works for inclusion and equity both in our industry and in our world, and is passionate about telling stories of women and other under-represented people.
She has done 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 developing an indie TV pilot, MidLife; the limited series Searching for Tamsen Donner, based on her Mom's novels, and her next feature film, a drama inspired by the "Mercury 13" women who were tested for the original astronaut program in 1961-62. The script has been selected for the Athena List, named to the Bechdel/Bitch List and is a Nicholl Quarterfinalist.
"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