Maris Lidaka’s interest in a film career began while he was attending high school in Copenhagen, Denmark. Upon graduation, he moved back to his hometown of Chicago to pursue a Film Directing degree at Columbia College.
Over the past decade, Maris has held multiple producing and camera department roles in film, television, and live events, and his in-depth knowledge of these positions has helped him hone his skills as a director. He has directed several short films to date, with Sprout being his latest. He is now in pre-production for Control, a semi-autobiographical short film.
A Fair Trade Crime ⋄ Drama ⋄ Thriller A Fair Trade chronicles the journey of Cesar as he escapes a life of crime in mexico and enters the United States as an undocumented worker. One evening, Cesar is cornered by a federal agent who offers him a shocking deal in exchange for citizenship. Will he choose to follow his moral code or keep his new life?
Bloodwater Rising Drama ⋄ Thriller After hurricane Katrina, Felix finds himself alone in Houston. He comes across a bag of stolen money and takes it to rebuild his hometown. When a hitman comes to collect the money, Felix convinces him to join forces to rebuild part of new orleans.
Convict Blue Thriller Convict Blue tells the story of Michael Blue, a crooked cop who has just been released from prison in America. He returns to his homeland in Denmark to collect the money that he has stashed away and pay back a biker gang that's been protecting him. He finds that it has been stolen by his daughter and she’s not the only one who is after it.
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Columbia College Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)