Maren Olson is the President of independent film company Traction Media, LLC, where she is responsible for the creative development, packaging, financing and sale of independent films. Since joining the company in 2005, Ms. Olson has represented domestic and/or worldwide distribution rights to over 70 finished films, including Academy Award winner The Secret in Their Eyes, festival favorites such as An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, Natural Selection and Red Flag, and Sundance Audience Award winners This is Martin Bonner, Valley of Saints and Kinyarwanda.
In addition to representing distribution rights, she acts as a producer. Most recently, she produced critically lauded Short Term 12, which premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards. Other recent projects include South African social issue documentary Angels in Exile, and upcoming films The Wannabe and Orion, all of which she executive produced. She is currently producing writer/director Jordan Galland’s third feature, Ava’s Possessions, which is in post.
Ms. Olson’s previous industry experience includes working in script development for producer Lawrence Bender (Kill Bill, Good Will Hunting, Pulp Fiction). While at Lawrence Bender Productions she helped develop films Innocent Voices, The Chumscrubber and Killshot, and also acquired and developed popular Japanese fantasy series The Guin Saga for the company.
She graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television with a B.A. in Film Production and a minor in Business.