MaryLee began in the commercial film and entertainment business 20 years ago as a model and actor. Finding a passion for the other side of the camera, she began working as a P.A. and steadily moved up to positions of Wardrobe/Makeup, Props Manager, Talent Coordinator, 2nd A.D., 1st A.D., Producer, and Director. As a filmmaker with a vision, MaryLee takes a daring approach to create strong stories with characters that are emotionally complex, at times contradictory, and certainly not one-dimensional.

After graduating from the University of Dayton, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, MaryLee moved to Colorado and began working in film and commercial productions, eventually finding her niche as a director and producer.

She produced projects with other local creatives, then MaryLee stepped into the role of director, with a desire to create entertaining, character-driven stories.

In 2011 MaryLee premiered her debut film, The Necklace, an award-winning short she produced and directed. Featuring music by Dido, The Necklace is an empowering drama starring Kimberlin Brown (The Young and The Restless) and Traci Dinwiddie (Supernatural). The Necklace has screened at film festivals throughout the U.S. and in Canada.

MaryLee was then hired by the U.S. Air National Guard's Wingman Project, a suicide prevention program, to create her second award-winning film, Ashley Waits.

In 2013 MaryLee wrote her first feature screenplay. She has also stepped back in front of the camera to act in several short films including The Bike Ride and Ultimate Bike Race Fan (co-director).

In 2016 she directed the short film, Beggar Girl, a challenging look into the intracacies of Middle East politics and the news media. The film was scored by Acadamy Award winning composer, Joe Renzetti.

Based in Los Angeles, MaryLee is honored to be a member of Women in Film.

MaryLee's take on captivating storytelling is simple: Draw them in, make them feel, then let them go. Inspired.

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