Filmmaker Bio

Maria PorasBorn on a U.S. army base in Fort Campbell, Kentucky during the Vietnam War, Marlo Poras spent the majority of her childhood in Framingham, Massachusetts, where she currently resides. After receiving her BA from Washington University (in St. Louis), Marlo Poras worked as an apprentice to Thelma Schoonmaker at Martin Scorsese's Cappa Productions and was an apprentice and assistant editor on independent films such as Greg Mottola's Daytrippers and Alison Anders' Grace Of My Heart. She was living in Hanoi, producing teen-oriented AIDS education films for UNICEF and the Population Council, when she was inspired to make Mai's America. For more about Marlo Poras, check out her website at