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About

‘For all the Hollywood obsession with high-concept and special effects, sometimes there’s something enchanting about a simple story simply told, and a movie of small rather than grand gestures. Case in point: the pleasant and enchanting Brightest Star, a narratively slight but well acted and keenly observed romantic dramedy about a twentysomething guy’s romantic fumblings and occupational uncertainty. The feature film debut of Maggie Kiley, Brightest Star isn’t a movie of conventionally structured catharsis.’
— Paste Magazine

Maggie Kiley was one of eight directors selected for AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women and one of twenty filmmakers chosen for the FOX Global Directors Initiative. Most recently, Maggie was selected by Ryan Murphy as the first participant in his newly formed Director Mentor program.  

Maggie's AFI short film, SOME BOYS DON’T LEAVE, played over 50 festivals, garnering awards at Tribeca and Palm Springs. Maggie received the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant for her debut feature, BRIGHTEST STAR. The film, starring Chris Lowell, Rose McIver and Allison Janney, was released by Gravitas theatrically and SVOD in early 2014. Her second film, DIAL A PRAYER, starring Brittany Snow and William H Macy, released in the Spring of 2015. More recently she directed the thriller CAUGHT starring Anna Camp for Mar Vista Entertainment, marking an impressive three features in just three years. CAUGHT world premiered at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival as one of eight films in competition in the genre section: Nightfall and was later acquired by Lifetime.  On the series side: Maggie most recently directed SCREAM QUEENS for FOX, GUIDANCE for Awesomeness TV and the pilot of CARING starring Hannah Dunne and Mickey Sumner for Superdeluxe (Turner).

Maggie is an ensemble member of off Broadway’s critically acclaimed Atlantic Theater Company and part of the filmmaking collective Film Fatales.  Upcoming feature projects include Eyal Alony’s SKIN DEEP (for which she is a Directing Fellow at Film Independent) and Alissa Dean’s CRICKET with producers Lynn Hendee and Bill Chartoff.

‘Maggie Kiley, the writer-director of Dial a Prayer, is a sly puss. Her film begins as a seemingly snarky satire of all those God-for-a-dollar movements, with Cora the most virulent atheist there ever could be. But gradually, its deeper meaning sets in—i.e., the need of everyone for some kind of deep solace in their crazy lives, with bad-ass, former hard-partying girl Cora the most in need of all. The film becomes a rather touching portrait of a young woman’s human growth, laced with a salutary number of small yet piquant observations along the way.’
— Film Journal International
‘Kiley comes by these character studies earnestly, one of her most distinctive and endearing qualities as a filmmaker being the sincerity with which she explores the often flawed people at the center of her stories.’
— Stephen Saito, The Moveable Feast