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.
graduating from the University of Dayton, cum laude,
with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, MaryLee began pursuing
opportunities to work in films and commercials, eventually
finding her niche as a director and producer.
M.L. Herrmann Productions, LLC., was started in 2010 from
a desire to create entertaining, enlightening character-driven
In 2011 MaryLee premiered her debut film, The Necklace,
an award-winning short she produced and directed. An empowering
conversation between two sisters, the film stars Kimberlin
Brown (The Young and The Restless) and Traci Dinwiddie
(Supernatural), and it features music by Dido. 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.
produced and directed a series of PSAs for It Stops With
Me, a campaign to end domestic violence featuring players
with the Denver Roller Dolls as well as directed a PSA with
the Colorado Avalanche.
2013 MaryLee wrote her first feature screenplay. She has also
stepped back in front of the camera to star in several short
films including The Bike Ride and Ultimate Bike
Race Fan as well the full-length films Mistaken
and A Dance Among the Pines, both currently in production.
She is presently writing a new feature film to be shot on
location in Lyons, Colorado.
MaryLee is honored to be a member of Women in Film, Los Angeles
and the Colorado Film Video Association.
MaryLee's take on captivating storytelling is simple: Draw
them in, make them feel, then let them go. Inspired.