Director Morissa Maltz signs with UTA

United Talent Agency has signed director and artist Morissa Maltz to represent her across the board.

Maltz’s latest film “The Unknown Country” premiered at SXSW this year and marks the artist and filmmaker’s first feature film.

Filmed in the style of an observational documentary, “The Unknown Country,” stars Lily Gladstone (also in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming movie “Killers of The Flower Moon”) as Tana, a grieving young woman who, thanks to an unexpected invitation, takes a solo wilderness journey through the American Midwest. She struggles to reconcile the losses of her past with the dreams of her future.” Maltz wrote the screenplay, and collaborated on the story with Gladstone, Lainey Bearkiller Shangreaux, and Vanara Taing.

Since SXSW, the film has been making its way across the festival circuit, competing in the Narrative Feature section at the Bentonville Film Festival and screening at the Mill Valley Film Festival, where Maltz was nominated for the 2022 Creation Mind the Gap (MTG) Award, which highlights “exciting new voices” In cinema that demonstrates creativity of vision and exceptional use of the film medium.”

Music Box Films acquired the North American rights to the film earlier this month, with plans to release the film theatrically in 2023.

Maltz holds a degree in Fine Art from Columbia University. Her artwork, films and performances have been shown at MOCA in Los Angeles as well as at MCA in Santa Barbara and other galleries internationally. Her debut documentary ‘Ingrid’ (2018) premiered on PBS, following her 2013 short ‘The Caretaker’, which won Best Short Fiction at the LES Film Festival, and 2014’s short ‘Odyssea’, which premiered At the Slam Dance Film Festival. Maltz is a 2018-2019 Austin Film School (AFS) Scholarship recipient, 2019 Narrative Lab Fellow (IFP), and also participates in the American Advancement Program in Poland and AFS Artist Intensive Participation.

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