Maria Brooks

Maria Brooks currently lives in Oakland, California, not far from the docks. This one-time high-school teacher has produced, written and directed nine historical documentaries that have appeared on PBS stations around the country. Her programs often focus on labor and on maritime, Alaskan, and women's themes. These documentaries capture characters in conflict, responding to events beyond their control. The filmmaker is particularly drawn to true life stories unknown to most TV audiences. Her films depict individuals driven by inner turmoil to face challenges – but they don’t always succeed. For more information about her films, see her webpage: