Maria Collette Sundeen is a journalist, writer, and filmmaker with a background in television and film production. Her experience includes working as a producer/director for programs airing on CNN, the Sci-Fi Channel, USA Network, and UCTV. She has worked with the Katahdin Foundation, Frame of Mind Films and Habitat Media, which produce award-wining films for PBS and international film festivals.
Maria has written two short films and two feature films, with an emphasis on stories of social and political significance. In 2011 she produced and directed her short, "The Once & Future Bride," which was shown at the Cannes Short Film Corner and the Palm Springs Short Film Marketplace. This script won Honorable Mention in the Script Gems Short Film Screenwriting Competition.
She is currently conducting research for a historical drama, and has submitted a treatment to Paramount and Warner Brothers Studios for a Hitchcock-like thriller entitled, “Voo Doo Army.” In 2018, she wrote the New Orleans-based play "Masks in the Attic" and is planning to mount the production in Spring 2019.
Barbie & Her Sisters in a Puppy Chase
Video (Animation) Director Barbie and her sisters discover everything's better when you do it together in this splashy, sun-kissed adventure. After the girls and their pets arrive at an island paradise for Chelsea's big dance competition, they decide to make a quick side trip to see the nearby Dancing Horse Festival. But when their furry friends go missing at the event, it's up to the sisters to find them before Chelsea's show. While the puppies are out having an adventure of their own, the girls must use their imagination and work together to find their furry friends in this tail-wagging good time.
The Once and Future Bride
Film (Short, Comedy and Drama) Director A short, quirky little comedy with snappy dialog, a goth teen pregnant bride, and a matronly mom who hallucinates and spills her guts: While choosing a wedding dress, a young woman, her best friend and her mother explore the meaning behind making life choices. Combined with the story of a young teen bride, the mother accidentally ingests a hallucinogenic and we learn the mystery behind her well-meaning concern. The moral: In the end, people have to just believe in their choices. Written by Anonymous
Women of Tibet: Gyalyum Chemo - The Great Mother
Film (Documentary) Miscellaneous Crew Women of Tibet: Gyalyum Chemo - The Great Mother recounts the compelling story of Dekyi Tsering, the mother of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Dekyi Tsering, known by Tibetans as 'Gyalyum Chemo' or 'Great Mother,' gave birth to 16 children, three of whom were recognized as incarnate lamas. Weaving anecdotal threads and personal reflections from her children, grandchildren, and friends, with never before seen photographs from their family collections and rare footage of Tibet, the film offers an intimate glimpse into Tibet's first family and the woman who inspired them. His Holiness talks about how his mother helped shape the man he is today and the relationship between healthy family and healthy humanity, and how it all begins with a mothers love. Dr. Marion Woodman (Addiction to Perfection), Alice Walker (The Color Purple), and Angeles Arrien (The Second Half of Life) link this uniquely Tibetan story to a much broader perspective of motherhood and how the Great Mother lives within ... Written by Rosemary Rawcliffe