Marilyn Agrelo

Marilyn Agrelo is an award-winning New York-based directer and producer. Mad Hot Ballroom (2005), Agrelo’s directorial debut, enjoyed a theatrical run of over 24 weeks and was short-listed for Best Documentary Feature at the 2006 Academy Awards. Marilyn’s latest film, Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021) had its world premiere at Sundance 2021. Street Gang will be released theatrically by Screen Media Films in the spring, and will appear on HBO in fall 2021. Marilyn’s feature film debut was An Invisible Sign, shot in the fall/winter of 2009 and released by IFC Films. She has directed numerous commercials and branded content films that have aired around the world, and several projects for television and new media, including the Emmy-winning children’s series Sesame Street and The Electric Company, and The Untold Stories of Motherhood for the Oxygen Network. Her documentary shorts No Small Parts and Good Muslim Girls enjoyed wide play in international film festivals. Good Muslim Girls, about two outspoken young women in Iraq, was shot while she was there in 2014 with the American Film Showcase teaching a documentary storytelling workshop. A Cuban-American raised in New York, Agrelo's background and immigrant identity shaped an early awareness of social themes she continues to explore through her work.