Maria Abraham is a filmmaker and audio artist from Las Vegas, Nevada. She has an M.F.A. in Film & Video Writing and Directing from Columbia College Chicago and a B.A. in European Studies from UCLA. In 2010-2011, Maria received a Fulbright grant to live in Ecuador and complete research for a feature-length script, Girl With Child, about a teenage human trafficking survivor making her way home with her toddler. Maria's short film of the same name explores similar characters and won the award for Best Short Short at the 2013 Aspen Shortsfest, qualifying for submission to the Oscars, and the City & State Award at the 2013 Chicago International Film Festival. Maria is interested in stories about characters who are adrift and looking for home. She hopes to film her feature script in Ecuador soon and recently finished a short documentary about a shared moment between strangers on a 1961 New York subway train. She is also working on an audio installation about displacement and migration.