Maria Agui Carter
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Director: Maria Agui Carter
One of the thousand women said to have fought in the Civil War, Loreta Janeta Velazquez altered her sex, ethnicity, and identity in order to become a Confederate soldier spy and double agent for the Union, only to be dismissed as a hoax after revealing her story in her scandalous 1876 memoir, The Woman in Battle. REBEL is a detective story about a woman, a myth, and the politics of national memory.
Maria Aqui Carter, Director
Maria Agui Carter immigrated to the U.S. from Ecuador, grew up an undocumented “Dreamer,” and graduated from Harvard University. She has been a grantee of, and has served as a panelist and juror for institutions including film festivals and organizations such as ITVS, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has won a George Peabody Gardner, a Warren, a Corporation for Public Broadcasting/PBS fellowship, and a Rockefeller Fellowship, among others, and has served as a visiting scholar/artist at Harvard, Tulane and Brandeis universities. She is a trustee of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers and on the Advisory Board of the Filmmaker’s Collaborative. Agui Carter has been a working member of the Writer’s Guild since 2000. Her new play 14 Freight Trains opened to excellent reviews at Arena Stage in Washington, DC in fall of 2014. Her new script about an undocumented teen code-writer enamored of the Monarch butterfly called The Secret Life of La Mariposa, was a Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab finalist. She is currently developing a documentary on immigration called Mother Land.