Meet the Filmmaker: Marlo Poras


Name: Marlo Poras

Home Town: Brooklyn, NY

Inspiration for film: To introduce viewers to worlds and people they might not have known or cared about otherwise and to help them connect with the contradictions that are both specific to the film’s subjects and present in all our lives.

Female Role Model: Granny D

 Favorite  Book: When The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman

Film Fetish: HBO’s The Wire


Bio: Marlo Poras began her film career as an apprentice to Thelma Schooonmaker at Martin Scorsese’s Cappa Productions and worked in the editing room on independent films such as Greg Mottola’s DAYTRIPPERS and Alison Anders’ GRACE OF MY HEART. Later, she was living in Vietnam, producing teen oriented HIV/AIDS education films for The Population Council when she was inspired to make MAI’S AMERICA, her first film. MAI’S AMERICA screened at dozens of festivals worldwide and won numerous awards, including the Audience Award for Feature Documentary at the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) and Best Feature Documentary by the International Documentary Association (IDA).   The film aired on P.O.V., PBS’ award winning non–fiction showcase.

Marlo’s second film, RUN GRANNY RUN, traveled to numerous festivals and won the Audience Award for Feature Documentary at the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW), and Honorable Mention at the Woodstock Film Festival.  The film garnered much critical acclaim and aired on HBO, and on numerous stations internationally. 

Marlo is currently finishing production on THE MOSUO SISTERS, an intimate portrait of two spirited daughters from China’s last remaining matriarchal ethnic minority who are thrust into the worldwide economic downturn when they lose the only jobs they’ve ever known.   Marlo is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.