Maren Olson is the President of independent film company Traction Media, LLC, where
she is responsible for the creative development, packaging, production, financing and sale
of independent films.
Since joining the company in 2005, Olson has represented domestic and/or worldwide
distribution rights to over 70 finished films, including Academy Award winner The
Secret in Their Eyes, festival favorites such as An Oversimplification of Her Beauty,
Natural Selection and Red Flag, and Sundance Audience Award winners This is Martin
Bonner, Valley of Saints and Kinyarwanda.
As a producer, she was responsible for critically lauded Short Term 12, which premiered
at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury and Audience
Awards. The film went on to win 19 other awards including the Gotham Award for Best
Actress and Independent Spirit Award for Best Editing.
Her latest production, Ava’s Possessions, will premiere at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival.
Ava’s Possessions, written and directed by Jordan Galland, follows a girl who is
recovering from demonic possession. Olson has worked with Galland twice previously,
having represented domestic distribution rights to his first two feature films, Rosencrantz
and Guildenstern are Undead and Alter Egos.
Additional upcoming projects include true-life gangster story The Wannabe, starring
Vincent Piazza and Patricia Arquette, which will premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film
Festival, and post-apocalyptic drama Orion, starring David Arquette and Lily Cole, both
of which she executive produced.
Olson’s previous industry experience includes working in script development for
producer Lawrence Bender (Kill Bill, Good Will Hunting, Pulp Fiction).
She graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television
with a B.A. in Film Production and a minor in Business.
University of Southern California