Maria Mealla was conjured in the Andes Mountains of Bolivia. She was raised by storytellers that encouraged her to pursue filmmaking, a path which eventually led her to the beautiful city by the bay. She ventured into movie-making in 2010 and learned the craft through work trade by collaborating with other talented filmmakers on their projects. She has since written, produced and directed the feature film Women and Cigarettes, a collection of romantic short films titled Business Affairs, and a handful of shorts on lower-middle class millennials. When she's not working on narrative films, she freelances as a video producer/editor throughout the Bay Area. It helps her put food on the table. Her favorite foods are hot dogs and mashed potatoes and she is of average height.