Meet the Filmmaker: Maureen Lee Maloney, “Girl Aspiring”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
MM: I was finishing a graduate degree in biology, and my mentors were really pushing the need for more science communicators, when I met a young woman who was making a documentary. I had been interested in photography for a long time, and the idea of making documentaries really appealed to me. Soon after I took a filmmaking bootcamp class and totally fell in love with it, bought a camera, and started traveling the world making short films.

Q: What are we going to see at EFPalooza? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
MM: Girl Aspiring is a web series featuring women in a variety of careers. Episode 1 will be shown at EFPalooza, and it is about a local cider maker. Girl Aspiring can be viewed on Youtube, and I plan to feature lots of cool women all around the world.

Q: What else are you working on?
MM: I am currently finishing a pilot I produced and directed for an unscripted show titled Hidden Tigers, as well as developing a feature-length documentary.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
MM: I’ve had over 20 different kinds of jobs in my life.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
MM: MaureenLeeMaloney.com

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about EFPalooza or The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
MM: It’s so great having a place to show my work, and see other local artists.

Girl Aspiring will screen Thursday, February 21st at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre as part of the Emerging Filmmakers Project block during the 2019 EFPalooza Film Festival.