MariaMercedesRusche@gmail.com | 508.439.0706
Originally from Boston, Maria honed her eye for visual storytelling at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she focused on cinematography and lighting. Her narrative work includes One Good Pitch, which was an Official Selection at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016 and Starry Night, a short film that was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Production Grant and is currently being developed into a feature. Her commercial work includes clients such as Delta, Verizon, Smirnoff, Bank of America, American Express and more.
Maria got her start as a gaffer and lighting technician on major feature films and television shows, where she developed her eye for lighting and the collaborative skills that are essential to a cinematographer.
Most recently, she finished principal photography on the feature film Big Exit, Stephen Harris's directorial debut.
She was featured on Women In Film Portraits
Member of the cinematography collectives CinematographersXX and the I.C.F.C
Owns an ARRI Alexa Plus, ARRI D21 and C300 mk II