Maya Albanese believes that everyone has a story and has set out to craft cinematic narratives about as many of the world’s unsung heroes as possible. Her empowering content has a magical and bittersweet aura to it. She is currently writing to direct a magical realism scripted feature.
Maya has a Master of Science in Multimedia Journalism & Documentary Filmmaking from Columbia University in New York. With background as a reporter and an artist, Maya usually acts as a Creative Director in the development phase, finding and nurturing her own stories and characters.
She has directed commercials and branded content for clients including Nike Women, Kids Foot Locker, John Frieda, Ketel One, Capital One, JCPenney, Chevrolet, Dressbarn, Rosetta, Manchester United, and Capital Group.
She has reported and made multimedia content on four continents that has been published by NBC News, Food Network, The Today Show, Telemundo, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Popsugar, VOX, Racked, EATER, Tastemade, The Miami Herald, In Cuba Today, Narrative.ly, GreenBiz, Fresh Cup, Coffee Talk, IFC Center, and Heritage Radio.
In addition, Maya has directed, shot, and edited independent documentaries, including "Cuba’s Violin" (2014), a bilingual story about a donated violin that stealthily travels from NYC to a talented young musician in Havana, which screened at festivals worldwide and can be now watched on 5 digital publications in the U.S. and Cuba, and "Blind Date" (2015), a documentary that follows three diverse blind New Yorkers on their quest for love in the digital age, which screened at festivals including DOCNYC, Nevada International Film Festival, and Middlebury Film Festival.
Maya is also a host, interviewer, and correspondent who has interviewed world leaders and culture icons at major events including Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, New York.
She has spoken at dozens of events, including 'Sustainable Brands' and 'Summit Series,' about making and integrating sustainability-focused media into business.
Maya graduated Phi Beta Kappa with two B.A. degrees Summa Cum Laude in Global & International Studies and French from the University of California at Santa Barbara and L'Institut Catholique in Paris, France.