Named by Variety as "talent to watch," Maria Burton has directed 6 successful feature films, the latest of which are currently available on Netflix and Amazon: A Sort of Homecoming, starring Laura Marano and Katherine McNamara, and For the Love of George with Rosanna Arquette, Tate Donovan, Rex Lee & Kristen Johnston. Earlier films include Just Friends, Temps, and Manna from Heaven (MGM/SONY), Sign My Snarling Movie – a doc about The Bobs – as well as the web series Old Guy, starring Peri Gilpin (Frasier) and her dad, Roger Burton (Baskets), based on his real life experiences as an actor late in life. She helms Five Sisters Productions with her real life siblings and has produced Julia Sweeney's Letting Go of God (Showtime), The Happiest Day of His Life (MTV/Logo), and Kings, Queens & In-Betweens.
Burton is one of the directors chosen for the current DGA DDI Mentorship Program and the Disney/ABC 2018-20 Directing Class and has been selected for Television Directing Programs including the 2018/19 SONY Diverse Directors, the 2018 Ryan Murphy HALF Initiative, the 2017-18 CBS Directing Program, and the Conde Nast, Rodrigo Garcia - Jon Avnet Indigenous Incubator ProjectHER, for which she wrote and directed Good Eggs.
She's a Co-Chair of the DGA's WSC and recently elected as Alternative to the DGA's National Board, as well as a member of Alliance of Women Directors and Film Fatales. Burton is currently developing three projects: MidLife, a thematic companion piece to Temps; Searching for Tamsen Donner, based on her mother's award winning books; and The Mercury 13, a drama inspired by the "Mercury 13" women who were tested for the original astronaut program in 1961-62. The script has been selected for the Athena List, named to the Bechdel/Bitch List and is a Nicholl Quarterfinalist. See more at http://www.mariaburtondirector.com/