Mary Mazzio, an award-winning documentary film director, Olympic athlete, and former law firm partner, is Founder and CEO of 50 Eggs, Inc., an independent film production company dedicated to making socially impactful films. Mazzio’s newest documentary film, A Most Beautiful Thing, narrated by Academy Award-winning artist, Common, and produced with NBA stars Grant Hill and Dwyane Wade, was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, a Critics’ Choice Award, as well as nominated for Best Documentary by the International Press Academy. The film was featured on the TODAY Show, and called “amazing” by Richard Roeper of The Chicago Sun-Times; “evocative” by The Los Angeles Times; “poignant” by The New York Times, “an absolute must watch” by Deadspin, and “one of the most important documentaries of this decade” by ChicagoNow. Other press includes The Saturday Evening Post (“The best documentaries lull you into thinking they’re taking you for a nice float on a lazy stream — then abruptly suck you into a chasm of Class 5 rapids that have you holding on for dear life. That’s the kind of ride we get in director Mary Mazzio’s new film…”) and a two page spread in Sports Illustrated. A scripted series adapted from A Most Beautiful Thing is now in development with Amazon Studios.
Mazzio also wrote, directed, and produced several other highly-acclaimed and award-winning films, including I AM JANE DOE (which catalyzed bipartisan federal legislation and was featured on The TODAY Show); Underwater Dreams (which raised $100 million dollars with the White House for underserved students and was featured on The Colbert Report); TEN9EIGHT (called “one of the most inspirational films you will ever see” by Tom Friedman in The New York Times); A Hero for Daisy (called “a landmark film” by The New York Times, and which helped to inspire a lawsuit that was decided years later by the US Supreme Court); The Apple Pushers (with an innovative partnership with Whole Foods); Apple Pie (called “priceless” by The New York Times and “fantastic” by NPR), and I am Little Red (an animated short written with Academy-Award nominee, Alec Sokolow (Toy Story).
An Olympic athlete (1992 Olympic Games – Rowing), Mazzio is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Georgetown Law School. She is the recipient of several awards including an honorary degree from Mount Holyoke College; the Ricky Martin Foundation Humanitarian Award; an NAACP Image Award nomination; a Critics’ Choice nomination; the Hope Award (from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children); the Women’s Sports Foundation Journalism Award; a Gracie Award; an International Press Academy nomination, a Myra Sadker Gender Equity Curriculum Award; a Henry Luce Foundation Fellowship (to Korea); a Rotary Foundation Graduate Fellowship (to France); and an American Heritage Award (from the American Immigration Council). Mazzio, formerly a partner with the law firm of Brown Rudnick in Boston, has served on several Boards of Directors including Shackleton Schools, Sojourner House (a homeless shelter); The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras; The Head of the Charles Regatta; The National Rowing Foundation; and World T.E.A.M Sports (supporting disabled athletes). She will be inducted into Mount Holyoke College Athletics Hall of Fame and The Schlesinger Library at Harvard University has requested all of Mazzio’s papers for its collection.
Mazzio and her work have been featured on The TODAY Show, The Colbert Report, NBC Nightly News, and in The New Yorker, Esquire, Vogue, Cosmo, People Magazine, Elle, Good Housekeeping, The New York Times, The Financial Times, Fortune, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Business Week, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Sports Illustrated, The Economist, WIRED, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Town & Country, CBS Early Morning, ABC News Now, CNN Sunday Morning, NPR, The Los Angeles Times, Business Week, The Washington Post, The Saturday Evening Post, The Daily Beast, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, The Dr. Oz Show, Tucker Carlson Tonight, The Atlantic.com, MTV.com, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, The Seattle Times, St. Paul Pioneer Press, The Village Voice, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Marie Claire, The Chicago Sun-Times; Deadspin; Forbes.com, Buzzfeed, MSNMoney.com, Al-Jazeera, Bloomberg, CNN’s This Hour, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox Business News, Fox News Latino, PBS Nightly News Report, CNN Headline News, BBC World News, NPR (On Point, The Connection, It’s Only A Game, Here and How), Telemundo, mun2, Oxygen, ESPN’s Sports Center, Baseball Tonight, and Cold Pizza, GOOD Magazine, Yahoo News, Washington Times, Huffington Post, Women’s Wear Daily, among others. Mazzio’s story has been chronicled in the books One Person, Multiple Careers (by former NY Times columnist Marci Alboher) and 168 Hours (by USA Today writer Laura Vanderkam).
Mazzio has given keynote addresses for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women; the YPO Global Convention (South Africa); Aspen Ideas Festival; Clinton Global; convenings at the White House (under two different presidents); the OECD (in Paris); The McCain Institute Human Trafficking Symposium; the Massachusetts Children’s Alliance Annual Conference; the State of Nebraska Convention on Economic Development; the NCAA Title IX Convention; the Women’s Sports Foundation Convention; the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools Convention; the National Association of Collegiate Women’s Athletic Administrator’s Convention, the Ad Club Women’s Leadership Forum, among hundreds of other events.
Mazzio’s work has been supported by The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, The Bezos Family Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Angel Foundation, CoStar, The Lovelight Foundation, New Balance, Pepsi, Target, FILA, BlackRock, The John Templeton Foundation, Vanguard, JP Morgan; Welch’s, 3M, Campbell’s Soup, McDonald’s, Liberty Mutual, The Virginia Piper Charitable Trust, Babson College, Wellesley College, The Massachusetts Department of Education, the Kauffman Foundation, the Sahsen Foundation, the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Nike, Clif Bar, Staples, among others. She is currently Filmmaker-in-Residence at Babson College.
LELA DAVIDSON, BUSINESS PUNDIT
MICHAEL FITZGERALD, BOSTON GLOBE MAGAZINE
Mazzio has been a keynote speaker for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW); at the Aspen Ideas Festival; Clinton Global; the OECD; the YPO Convention (South Africa); the Massachusetts Children’s Alliance 8th Annual Statewide Conference; the State of Nebraska Convention on Economic Development; the NCAA Title IX Convention; the Women’s Sports Foundation Convention; the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools Convention; the National Association of Collegiate Women’s Athletic Administrator’s Convention; USA Hockey’s Patty Kazmaier Awards, among hundreds of other events.