María Agui Carter
President, Iguana Films
Harvard University Class of 1986
Ms. Agui Carter is a writer/director, and the founder of Iguana Films, LLC. She has won George Peabody Gardner, Warren, and Rockefeller Awards, and served as a visiting scholar at Harvard, Tulane and Brandeis. A graduate of Harvard University, she is an Assistant Professor of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College. She is passionate about using media storytelling to inspire social change, working in both English and Spanish language films and trans-media. A national advocate for diversity in media, she has served as past Chair of the Board of NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers), founded the Artist Retreat Center for diverse women screenwriters and documentary directors, and currently serves as a member of the Writer’s Guild of America Diversity Alliance.
Over a dozen of her documentaries have broadcast nationally and internationally, and premiered at festivals from Tribeca to Frameline. Selected recent projects include the PBS documentary film Rebel (rebeldocumentary.com), about a Latina woman soldier and spy of the American Civil War, winner of a 2014 Erik Barnouw Award for best historical films in America, that she wrote, produced and directed; and her play 14 Freight Trains, about the first American to die in Iraq, Jose Gutierrez, who received American citizenship post-humously, that opened to excellent reviews at Arena Stage in Washington, DC fall of 2014.
Her latest project is the upcoming SciGirls Latina (scigirlspress.org) a national PBS broadcast and trans-media series, for which she served as director of the opening episode, and series advisor, that premieres Feb. 2018.
Ms. Agui Carter is now developing THE MARIPOSA PROJECT, a theatrical film, print, and new media venture. She workshopped her magical realism script, called The Secret Life of La Mariposa, as a Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab Intensive Fellow, and is slated to direct the theatrical feature film. In this coming-of- age story about immigrant girls’ rights and environmental stewardship, Ms. Agui Carter draws on her own experience growing up undocumented in America.