Welcome to the Portfolio website of Dede Maitre.Dede Maitre

Originally from Western Massachusetts, Maitre is a graduate of the MFA program in Film & Media Arts at Temple University. A filmmaker who has produced nearly 20 independent and commercial projects, and a media professional with extensive experience in post-production workflow as both an editor and filmmaker, Maitre's independent work focuses on international collaborative efforts for the working poor in Haiti. Her documentary "Fishing for the Future" features Dr. Valentin Abe (aquaculturist and Fulbright scholar from Cote d'Ivoire working in Haiti) who was personally nominated by president Bill Clinton as one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world.

More recently, Maitre was producer and post production supervisor on the award-winning narrative feature film The Destiny of Lesser Animals. The film premiered at MoMA through The Film Society of The Lincoln Center and its 40th Anniversary of New Directors / New Films. The film also won the 2012 PAUL ROBESON AWARD for BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE at the Newark International Film Festival. Maitre's company, Maytree Mulitmedia, LLC created all web and print design for the promotion of the film.

Maitre has taught undergraduate Film and Media Arts coursework since 2004. Courses include Intermediate and Advanced Editing & Sound, Writing for Media, Screenwriting, Introduction to Film, Film History, Emerging Cinemas, Postmodernism & Cinema and Media & Culture. She has taught as an Assistant Professor in the Cinema & Digital Arts Department in the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University, as well as Saint Joseph's and Temple University.

Her current work in progress, Is God Sleeping? is an interactive, web-based documentary about a young Haitian painter, Wilfrid Dantis, as he struggles to find connection among American and Haitian NGOs before and after the earthquake that ravaged the small Caribbean nation in January 2010.

In addition to filmmaking, Deirdre has extensive experience in still photography. Her most recent photo essay Permission features personal portraits of the residents of Saint Marie, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The series aims to counterbalance negative imagery featuring Haitians in conflict and poverty that often permeates the mainstream American and foreign press.

Deirdre lives with her husband and their dogs in Philadelphia.

contact: deirdre.maitre@temple.edu