Producer and Director
Band of Sisters is Mary Fishman’s filmmaking debut. She attended Catholic elementary and high schools, 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. In her previous career Mary was an architect and urban planner. She grew up in Chicago, graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in architecture and French, and practiced as an architect 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 home, she specialized in historic preservation and zoning for the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development. She left her job to help care for her mother, and began work on Band of Sisters in 2004 after taking film courses at Columbia College and at Chicago Filmmakers, where she is now a member of the board. Making films is a dream come true for Mary, joining her love of movies with her desire to work for social justice.