Director Maria Capp.heic

Maria Capp has served the arts community on Long Island, NY and in Los Angeles for over 20 years. Her multi-disciplinary expertise includes work as an award-winning writer, director, producer, entrepreneur, and acting coach. She has served as an advocate, speaker, committee and board member for such organizations as Women In Media, The Millie D’Agostino Scholarship Fund, Breaking into Hollywood, Youth Biz Alliance, NYSTEA, EdTA, BOCES – Arts in Education, and Kids for Kids Productions.

 

Maria is the CEO of Cappricielli Productions and the company’s first feature, Reach starring Garrett Clayton, Jordan Doww and Joey Bragg released in 10 of the top 20 major markets throughout the US and received a North American distribution deal with Entertainment Studio's Freestyle Digital Media, and MSC handles International Sales. The film’s success and award winning screenplay was an official select in the prestigious Dances With Films Festival, the LGBTQ Outshine Film Festival and nominated for best feature, best screenplay and honored Maria as best female producer at the Westfield International Film Festival. Garrett Clayton was awarded best lead actor in a drama at the CATE Film Festival in Santa Monica.  In line with REACH’s message “the power of kindness” and Maria’s youth advocacy, the short documentary Find An Identity which she wrote and directed, is currently finding success in the festival world and explores the age old questions “Who am I” and “How do I fit in?”. Exploring similar themes, Maria produced the post, sales and distribution of the high school comedy feature DIVOS! starring Jason Busey, Nicole Sullivan and Marissa Jaret Winokur. 

 

A lover of music and successful collaboration with her daughter Raffaela, the mother-daughter duo consistently creates award winning music and music videos including ​HURRICANE ​featuring Emmy award winning rapper Chris Redd (Saturday Night Live). 

 

After returning to her roots and with the successful world premiere of the one act play, Pizza & Whine at the Hudson Guild Theatres in New York and Los Angeles, Maria along with screenwriters Elliott Estrada and Raffaela Capp brought the two main characters, Jennifer and Natalyn to the screen in the soon to be released, Four Cousins and a Christmas starring Teri Polo, Nicholas Turturro, Raffaela Capp and Robert Davi, Jared Sandler, and Natasha Capp making this feature Maria’s directorial debut.

 

Maria strives to be an example to others entering the entertainment industry specifically that age and gender DO NOT matter. As a woman over 40, and in partnership with the Cappricielli team, she continues to create content, writing, directing and producing while aligning with other like minded content creators taking projects from development through sales in film and television.