Filmmaker

Based in New York

about

Bio

Maria del Mar Rosario is a filmmaker from Puerto Rico. In her work, which traverses documentary and fiction film, she explores themes at the intersection of gender and colonialism. A graduate from Columbia University, where she double-majored in Creative Writing and Film Studies, Maria del Mar ultimately completed her graduate degree at the International School of Film and Television of San Antonio de Los Baños, Cuba. Her thesis short, La Bonita – awarded at aluCine, Latin Film +Media Arts Festival – looks closely at painful procedures to unmask the violence of normative feminine standards of beauty.

Maria del Mar has been awarded the IFP-Marcie Bloom Fellowship in Film 2018-2019. She is an IDFAcademy-2018 alumni and is currently a mentee in the Independent Studies Program of Contemporary Art Museum of Puerto Rico where she is developing her first feature. Her films have premiered in festivals such as IDFA, Hot Docs and Muestra Joven ICAIC, among others. She holds an MFA in Media Arts from the City University of New York, lives in Harlem, and hopes to expand her work to her native Puerto Rico.

work

Nymph

Short, narrative.

Pressured by her economic situation, a newly arrived immigrant in New York enters a world of embellished sex work.

  • Palm Springs International ShortFest, 2020
  • New York Latino Film Festival, 2020
  • NALIP Latino Media Fest, 2020
  • Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival, 2020

Nymph

Short, narrative.

Pressured by her economic situation, a newly arrived immigrant in New York enters a world of embellished sex work.

La bonita

Short, documentary. 18 min

Acrylic nails, hot wax, and permanent make up: this construction serves as a coat that mask an unidentified female pain.

  • World premiere: IDFA, International Documentary Fiilmfestival in Amterdam. November, 2018
  • North American premier: Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Festival, April 2019
  • Exposición “Hacer Ventana” Toledo, Marzo, 2019
  • Muestra Joven ICAIC, Cuba, Abril, 2019
  • Fall programming at Metrograph Theater in New York City, September, 2019
  • AluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival, October, 2019
  • Déli Doku Contemporany Latin American Documentary Film Festival October, 2019
  • Shnit Worldwide Short Film Festival, Switzerland, October, 2019

Doce

Short, documentary. 13 min

Melaine is a 12 year old who confronts adolescence while she helps her mother takes care of her younger sister. This direct cinema style documentary explores the dichotomies between games and responsibilities during her initiation to womanhood.

  • Cuba In-Film Festival - Frankfurt, 2018
  • Muestra Joven ICAIC - La Habana, 2018
  • 23 Festival de Cine de Lima, 2019

Doce

Short, documentary. 13 min

Melaine is a 12 year old who confronts adolescence while she helps her mother takes care of her younger sister. This direct cinema style documentary explores the dichotomies between games and responsibilities during her initiation to womanhood.

  • Cuba In-Film Festival - Frankfurt, 2018
  • Muestra Joven ICAIC - La Habana, 2018
  • 23 Festival de Cine de Lima, 2019

Tú andas conmigo

Documentary Short Film, 13 mins

Lisaida is a young Caribbean woman trapped in her situation as a young mother while she and her partner are still growing up. This was a pre-thesis exercise at EICTV. Shot in Bauta, Cuba.

  • Muestra Joven ICAIC - La Habana, 2018
  • Tlachana Fest, Festival de Cine y Arte Digital - Mexico, 2019
contact

mariadelmar.rosario@gmail.com