Discipline: Film/Video – screenplay

Maria Clara Escobar

Discipline: Film/Video – screenplay
Region: São Paulo, BRAZIL
MacDowell fellowships: 2013, 2022

Maria Clara Escobar is a film director, screenwriter and a poet. She wrote and directed the feature film Desterro, which premiered at the 49th Rotterdam International Film Festival and is scheduled to be on Netflix worldwide in 2022. Her first, Found Memories, has won 28 awards. She also wrote and directed The Days with Him, a documentary feature film awarded in DocLisboa (Portugal), and Habana Film Festival (Cuba), among others.

Maria Clara also wrote and directed the two short films: Domingo, selected for the school session of San Sebastian Film Festival, and Passeio de Família.

In 2019 Maria Clara released her first book of poems Medo, Medo, Medo and in 2021 Um Novo Mar Dentro de Mim.

In residence, she worked on her second feature film's script.

Portrait by Melle Meivogel



Maria Clara Escobar worked in the Mixter studio.

Built in 1927–1930, the Florence Kilpatrick Mixter Studio was funded by its namesake and designed by the architect F. Winsor, Jr., who also designed MacDowell's original Savidge Library in 1925. Mixter Studio, solidly built of yellow and grey-hued granite, once had sweeping views of Pack Monadnock to the east. The small building was originally entered on the…

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