Maria Niro


Film Projects

Public bio

Maria Niro Director/Producer/Cinematographer based in NYC.

The Art of Un-War is her debut feature documentary.

Maria Niro is a New York City-based filmmaker and artist whose work crosses a number of disciplines: film, video, photography and sound. Whether she's creating feature documentary films or experimental short videos, she focuses her lens on societal issues to explore challenging subjects. Her current project “The Art of Un-War" is a feature-length documentary exploring war, trauma, and displacement through the work of avant-garde artist Krzysztof Wodiczko.

Niro's films touch upon social issues such as voyeurism, surveillance and the camera in Station to Station (2020); political tension In an Alien Land (2018); war, technological innovation and mass destruction in Glitch Telemetry (2011); the voiceless disenfranchised in Amerika Reflect (2010); collective consumption in Torso (2011), among others. To date, she's completed over 40 short films with original sound she's created. Her films weave together found sound, images, and poems, to create a collage of aural and visual prose. She blends poetic visuals and sounds with non-narrative forms in both her film and photography work but also experiments using traditional narrative forms to comment on our everyday conflicts and realities.

Niro's films have screened and exhibited worldwide including at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, European Media Art Festival in Germany, Whitechapel Gallery UK, WNDX Festival in Canada, Anthology Film Archives, Exit Art Gallery, Millennium Film Workshop, Video DUMBO, Los Angeles Art Organization, Festival Internacional Del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano CUBA, The Berlin International Directors Lounge, and many others. Select scenes from “The Art of Un-War" have been projected at museums and art centers across the world including DOX Center for Contemporary Art in Prague, Museum Sztuki, Łódź, Poland, the Museum of Modern Contemporary Art in Seoul Korea, and at FACT, Liverpool during the Liverpool Biennial 2016.

Niro studied Film and Media Studies at The New School for Social Research/ New School University. She has served on the Board of Directors at The New American Cinema Group / The Film-makers' Cooperative in New York City. She serves on the Advisory Board of More Art, a nonprofit organization that fosters collaborations between artists and communities to create thought-provoking public art and educational programs that inspire broad discourse regarding social and cultural issues. She lives and works in New York City.