Mary Mazzio ’83 is a former corporate lawyer and founder/CEO of 50 Eggs Productions, an independent film production company. When she made the shift from law to filmmaking, her goal was to produce movies about remarkable women.
A Hero for Daisy (1999), Mazzio’s debut film, chronicles the first highly visible demonstration for equal athletic facilities for women as mandated by the federal legislation known as Title IX. It’s the story of two-time Olympian Chris Ernst, who galvanized her rowing team to storm the Yale athletic director’s office in 1976 to protest the lack of locker room facilities for women. The film, which was broadcast during prime time on ESPN Classic, received numerous awards, including the Gracie Award and the Women’s Sports Foundation Journalism Award.
Mazzio subsequently wrote, directed, and produced the critically acclaimed Lemonade Stories and Apple Pie. In 2009, she produced TEN9EIGHT, an inspiring film about inner-city teens participating in a business plan competition. The Apple Pushers, a film about immigrant street-cart vendors rolling fresh fruits and vegetables into New York’s inner-city neighborhoods, was released in 2011. Another film is forthcoming in 2012.
Mazzio graduated from Mount Holyoke College with majors in philosophy and political science. Though she’d never rowed before joining Mount Holyoke’s crew team, she ultimately competed with the U.S. Olympic rowing team at the 1992 games in Barcelona, Spain. Mazzio earned her law degree from Georgetown Law School and later studied filmmaking at Boston University. The Schlesinger Library at Harvard University recently requested her papers.