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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 has been a fellow 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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