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 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 stories.

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.

She 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.

In 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.

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