Maria Pusateri is the director/producer/writer of the feature documentary Vito After. Maria has worked in various aspects of television and film production and publicity, and she is also an actress who has appeared in theater and independent films.
Maria was inspired to tell the story of her NYPD homicide detective brother-in-law, Vito Friscia, after witnessing his emotional trauma and health issues in the aftermath of 9/11. Her passion and vision for documentary filmmaking – exploring people’s intimate worlds through the social issues impacting their lives – was influenced by the works of critically-acclaimed documentarians such as Judith Helfand (Blue Vinyl, Healthy Baby Girl), and Bruce Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger (Brother's Keeper, Paradise Lost).
Pusateri got her start in television production at Cablevision’s MetroChannels, producing lifestyle segments, film reviews, and interviews ranging from celebrities to man-on-the street. For their groundbreaking series Unblinking Eye, she created cultural arts programming covering literary, theater, music, and film events in New York City, earning her several Omni Intermedia and Communicator Awards, as well as a New York Emmy nomination for Programming About The Arts.
Maria was associate producer for the 2013 Academy Award-nominated documentary short, Mondays at Racine, from Oscar-winning director Cynthia Wade and HBO. The owners of Racine Salon offer free services to women battling cancer; and as the film explores the lives of these inspirational women, the story unfolds into an unexpected look at womanhood, marriage and survival.
Pusateri’s narrative film production credits include assistant producer for the romantic-comedy feature Split Ends, from writer/producer Gila Zalon’s Back Pocket Productions. Maria was script supervisor on the short Pandora’s Box, starring Joe Montegna and Frances Fisher, based on Zalon’s award-winning screenplay and upcoming feature film, No Alternative. She also wore many hats in the production of filmmaker Myra Velasquez’ comedy short, Kung Fu Granny.
Through her DreamSlate Productions, Maria has produced corporate videos, including “Patients' Stories” for Stony Brook University Hospital’s Burn Center.
Maria is a member of New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) where she has co-produced documentary panels and programmed numerous screening series. She was also a board member of the former CineWomenNY nonprofit organization, where she programmed monthly women's film screenings at the legendary Two Boots Pioneer Theater.
For more information about Maria, please visit: www.mariapusateri.com