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The Secret Life of La Mariposa | Maria Agui Carter - Writer, Director Barbara DeFina - Producer.

Currently in pre-production.


Mari, a 13 year-old with a special connection to the Monarch butterflies of her native Mexico, escapes abuse through fantasy, until the fantasy takes over her reality.


Maria Agui Carter and her script have been fellows at the following:

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creative team

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MARIA AGUI CARTER

WRITER • DIRECTOR

Maria Agui Carter is a playwright, screenwriter and an independent director and producer. She grew up undocumented and graduated from Harvard.

A Professor of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College, and President of Iguana Films, LLC, she has won George Peabody Gardner, Warren, and Rockefeller Awards, and served as a visiting scholar at Harvard, Tulane and Brandeis. Her recent projects include:

  • Rebel (2013) Writer, Director, Producer - Winner of a 2014 Erik Barnouw Award-Best Historical Films in America

  • No Job for a Woman (2012) Producer

  • 14 Freight Trains (2015) Playwright

  • SciGirls Latina (2018) Director, Series Advisor

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BARBARA DEFINA

PRODUCER

Barbara DeFina has been a producer in the film industry since 1986.  Her first project was The Color of Money for director Martin Scorsese.  She went on to produce such films as :

  • Michael Jackson: Bad (1987)

  • The Last Temptation of Christ Cape Fear (1988)

  • GoodFellas (1990)

  • The Grifters (1990)

  • The Age of Innocence (1993)

  • Casino (1995)

  • Bringing Out the Dead (1999)

  • Hugo (2011)

  • Silence (2016)

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