Producer and Director
Band of Sisters is Mary Fishman’s filmmaking debut. In her previous career Mary was an architect and urban planner. She attended Catholic elementary and high schools in Chicago, where sisters were her teachers, but it was during the making of this film that they became her friends - and they’re still her teachers. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in architecture and French, and practiced architecture in Chicago, in southern California, and in Strasbourg, France. While in California she attended UCLA and received a master's degree in urban planning. Returning to her hometown, she then specialized in historic preservation and zoning for the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development. She began work on Band of Sisters in 2004 after taking film courses at Columbia College and at Chicago Filmmakers, where she is now on the board of directors. Mary is an Associate Member of the Sisters of Mercy. Her upcoming job is with WTTW Chicago as an Associate Producer on a 3-part documentary series for PBS called 10 that Changed America - ten homes, ten towns, and ten parks.