Maria Finitzo


Maria Finitzo is a two-time Peabody award winning social-issue documentary filmmaker. She has been producing and directing documentary films for network television, public broadcasting, cable TV and the Internet for more than 25 years. Her body of work has been honored by every major broadcast award granted to documentary films. Ms. Finitzo’s films demonstrate a depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise, tackling a wide variety of subjects including the controversial science of stem cell research, the command and control of nuclear weapons on an international level, and the complex psychology of adolescent girls.

Featured Films

Life Lessons

A young girl struggling to master the art of ballet learns that life is all about the choices we make.


My Mother's Idea

The documentary companion to Life Lessons is a memoir that examines the artistic process in the context of the writer/director's experience as a ballet student at one of the most renowned studios in the world and as a filmmaker.