Maria Niro


Film Projects

Public bio

Filmmaker, Cinematographer, Photographer

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 past films have touched upon social issues such as war, technological innovation and mass destruction in "Glitch Telemetry" (2011); the voiceless disenfranchised in "Amerika Reflect" (2010); and collective consumption in "Torso" (2010), among others. She's completed over 40 short films with original sound she's created. Her art video works weave together found sound, images, and/or 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 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 lives and works in New York City.