Talent Guide

Maris Curran

  • Discipline:Director, Writer
  • Program Year:Fast Track 2014, Fiction Fellow 2017


Maris Curran uses film to delve into the drama of the everyday and tell stories that take on race, disability, illness and sexuality. Her feature film debut, Five Nights in Maine starring Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo, two-time Academy Award Winner Dianne Wiest and Academy Award Nominated Rosie Perez world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released theatrically by FilmRise in 2016. She participated in IFP’s No Borders, Film Independent’s Fast Track, Tribeca All Access, received a San Francisco Film Society KRF Grant, two Cinereach Grants, and a Panavision New Filmmaker Camera Grant. Maris received a BA from Smith College and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program and was a Fulbright Fellow. Maris recently completed a short documentary on artist and musician Lonnie Holley entitled The Man Is the Music that will have its European premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest and is preparing to shoot her second feature, Selene, later this year.

Current Project



Selene fears she has laryngitis again. On a routine doctor visit to get antibiotics, she is diagnosed with a rare condition that leaves her permanently voiceless. As her life turns upside down and she struggles to communicate and adapt, she discovers that this limitation leads to the opening of a new world.