Maggie is an award-winning writer/director with a passion for intimate, deeply felt storytelling. Using color and movement to build evocative worlds within the strict geometry of the frame, Maggie has a particular love for stories that dramatize emotional transformation through a crisis in the body. Her ultimate goal as a director is to create empathy by transporting audiences to places and perspectives beyond their own lived experience.
Maggie's short film UNBOUND, a fable about a penniless Japanese girl whose fingers sprout priceless silk threads, won multiple awards, including Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy film and an audience award at the 2017 HollyShorts Festival. An official selection at numerous Academy Award-qualifying festivals, UNBOUND is a sensitive and visually haunting adaptation of "Reeling in the Empire," a short story by the Pulitzer-Prize-nominated writer Karen Russell.
Maggie is currently directing her first feature film, SAY IT IN GERMAN. Set during World War II, the films tells the true story of a family's struggle to cope, emotionally and economically, after their father is quarantined with tuberculosis. Starring Sarah Drew (GREY'S ANATOMY, RADIO) and Cam Gigandet (TWILIGHT, BURLESQUE), the film is set to shoot this summer.
In addition to her work in narrative film, Maggie has written, directed, and produced dozens of award-winning commercials, web series, and branded content campaigns. Ranging from luxury brands to mission-driven nonprofits, her clients have included Disney Digital, Paramount Studios, Saatchi & Saatchi, Toyota, Tongal, and the National Sikh Campaign.
A graduate of the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women, the Fox Filmmakers Lab, A&E's Broad Focus, and Ryan Murphy's HALF Initiative for television directors, Maggie also served as executive assistant to showrunner David Greenwalt on NBC's GRIMM from 2012 through 2015.
In her nearly nonexistent spare time, Maggie is writing the pilot episode for an original television series based on the true story of a forgotten feminist icon of the American West. She is also in pre-production for Zero to Sixty, a coming-of-age story about high school wrestling, skater culture, and surviving abuse. Zero to Sixty placed in the top ten at the 2019 HollyShorts Screenplay Contest.
Maggie is represented by The Gersh Agency.