Mary Mazzio: Educating Audiences and Amplifying Underrepresented Voices
From the Olympics to directing and writing compelling stories and her most recent film, A Most Beautiful Thing, Mary Mazzio describes her mission to provide underrepresented voices a platform to tell their stories.
What attracted you to filmmaking?
” Throughout training camp for the Olympics, I would often daydream and write screenplays during my breaks. I constantly asked myself, ‘where are the fully formed women in film?’ As the mother of a young daughter, I decided I was going to raise her to be unapologetically strong. It needs to be ok for little girls to get dirty and explore their limitations and I wanted to write stories representative of that notion.”
What message do you hope the audience takes away from the film, A Most Beautiful Thing?
“When we see school shootings on national television, many forget that in places like the West Side, shootings are witnessed on a daily basis. This is just one example of the profound inequality of safety. The untreated trauma in this country is a result of the lack of urgency to act and rectify the profound disparity of basic safety in neighborhoods like the West Side.”
The entertainment industry is historically a male-dominated world. How do you rectify this as a female director?
“The entertainment sector is traditionally made up of white men who bring a perspective to storytelling that is not representative of everyone in America It is my job to break through these barriers. It is humbling to do the kind of work that I do, it is my job to continue amplifying voices that are unrepresented.”