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Meet Maria Servellón & Hyphen in Greater Boston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maria Servellón.

Maria, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am a filmmaker, multimedia artist, performer, educator, and traveler from Boston, MA. Since a young age, I’ve immersed myself fully in the arts and have continued to combine, transcend, break away, and transform myself within different genres. But a lot of that came from working independently to fully understand my place in the world and later for my art. My art comes in the forms of short films, digital/mixed media, songs, choreography, poetry, essays, and lectures. My work is as fluid as the metamorphosis and self-evolution I go through every day.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Having worked with women, minorities, youths, and other urban artists in Boston, I realized this city is rich with stories not different from my own. Strong positive art can come from struggle and hardship, transforming into work of faith and hope. Often times these exist without an elevated enough platform. They exist and are in places you’d least expect. Different communities should come together to help the next generation have more voices present at the forefront.

Self & Hyphen – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am the writer, director, and producer of Hyphen (hyphenmovie.com), a new short film where 4 fictionalized versions play my memories and experiences. I’m excited to share this original kind of short film as the cast, crew, and first round of an audience have found a little bit of themselves in my film. I regularly work as a freelance multimedia content creator and videographer, as well as an arts educator. Creating this film from a wild idea to the screen has been a long journey with an overwhelming support from many people. I gladly was able to do personal work at a larger scale and am excited to bring it to regional, national, and eventually, international audiences. I am happy my art will connect with others in a new, unique way.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
There’s a certain beauty in this craft that grows when people connect with you and with each other. Whether behind or in front of the camera, or later at the screening. It’s always a proud moment for all of us to catch that glimmer of excitement in the audience’s eyes. I’m sure mine is just as visible as well.

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