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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, who began her career as an actress at off Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company and in films for James Gray and Andrew Jarecki, came up as an emerging director via American Film Institute’s prestigious Directing Workshop for Women. Her award winning short Some Boys Don’t Leave, starred Jesse Eisenberg and played over 50 festivals, garnering awards at both Tribeca Film Festival and the Palm Springs International Shorts fest. Soon after, Maggie received the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant for her debut feature, Brightest Star. The film, starring Chris Lowell and Academy Award winner Allison Janney, was released by Gravitas. Later films include Dial a Prayer, starring Brittany Snow and William H Macy released in the Spring of 2015 and thriller Caught starring Anna Camp for Mar Vista Entertainment. Caught world premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival as one of eight films in competition in the genre section: Nightfall and was later acquired by A & E.

Buoyed by the support of many diversity programs including the Fox Directors Lab, Film Independent’s Directing Lab and WeForShe, Maggie made the transition to episodic directing after being selected as the first participant in Ryan Murphy’s Half Initiative. Her debut episode of Scream Queens was well received and launched a fast paced two years. Her notable TV work includes Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix), Marvel’s The Gifted (Fox) 9-1-1 (Fox), American Horror Story: Cult (FX), Riverdale (CW), Insatiable (Netflix), Impulse (YoutubeRed) and George RR Martin’s Nightflyers (SyFy/Netflix).

Most recently Maggie directed the pilot episode of Katy Keene for showrunners Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Michael Grassi. The Riverdale spin off was produced by Warner Brothers Television/Berlanti Productions and ordered to series on the CW. Other recent television work includes the anthology series What/If starring Renée Zellweger for Netflix and this year’s musical episode of Riverdale featuring songs from Heathers the Musical.

Maggie is currently serving as Co-Executive Producer and Director on Season 2 of Dirty John for Showrunner Alex Cunningham, UCP and USA. Maggie will helm four episodes of the show, including the premiere and finale.

‘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