The Filmmakers

Mary Fishman

Producer and Director

Mary Fishman is an independent documentary producer/director. Band of Sisters is her filmmaking debut. 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 began work on Band of Sisters after taking film courses at Columbia College and at Chicago Filmmakers, where she is now on the board of directors. Most recently, she was Associate Producer for the WTTW national PBS documentary 10 Towns That Changed America (2016), and for WTTW’s Architect Scott Merrill: The Power of Simplicity (2016).

Mary is also an architect and urban planner. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in architecture and French, and practiced architecture in private firms in Chicago, in southern California, and in Strasbourg, France. While in California she earned a master's degree in urban planning at UCLA. Returning to her hometown, she was Preservation Architect and Director of Design Review for the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development, specializing in historic preservation and zoning.

Mary is an Associate Member of the Sisters of Mercy.

Bernadine Colish


Bernadine Colish has edited a number of award-winning documentaries. Herb & Dorothy (2008), won Audience Awards at Silverdocs, Philadelphia and Hamptons Film Festivals, and Body of War (2007), was named Best Documentary by the National Board of Review. A Touch of Greatness (2004) aired on PBS Independent Lens and was nominated for an Emmy Award. Her career began at Maysles Films, where she worked with Charlotte Zwerin on such projects as Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser, Toru Takemitsu: Music for the Movies and the PBS American Masters documentary, Ella Fitzgerald: Something To Live For. Additional credits include Herb & Dorothy 50X50Rise and Dream, The Tiger Next Door, Absolute Wilson and for PBS, The Buffalo WarMuslims, and Beyond the Motor City.

Miriam Cutler


Emmy nominated composer Miriam Cutler wrote the original score for American Promise, which won the Special Documentary Jury Prize at Sundance 2013. She also scored Vito which premiered at the 2012 NY Film Festival and Ethel, Rory Kennedy's documentary about her parents, Bobby and Ethel Kennedy, which premiered at Sundance 2012. Other award winning and festival favorite credits include: Academy Award nominated Poster Girl (IDFA,Telluride, HBO); One Lucky Elephant (LAFF, IDFA, OWN), which Miriam also co-produced; The Fence (Sundance/HBO); Paul Goodman Changed My Life (Film Forum), Desert of Forbidden Art (PBS Independent Lens, Cine Eagle Award); and Emmy Award winner Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (Sundance, HBO). Miriam is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and has served as lab advisor for the Sundance Institute Documentary Composers Lab.

Ines Sommer


Ines Sommer is a Chicago-based documentary filmmaker, who frequently collaborates with other filmmakers as a cinematographer. Ines' camera work has been featured in two PBS Frontline programs directed by Marian Marzynski, in Maria Finitzo’s Peabody Award-winning Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita, and in Joanna Rudnick’s Emmy-nominated In the Family. Ines was a recipient of a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for her camera work on A Doula Story: On the Frontlines of Teen Pregnancy. Other credits include shared cinematography on the PBS series The Calling as well as the forthcoming @home. Ines' recent directing credits include the feature-length human rights documentary Beneath the Blindfold.

Bill Glader


Bill Glader is an Emmy Award winning filmmaker whose credits include several documentaries for PBS such as American Idealist: The Story of Sargent Shriver, No Place To Live, and Inside Streetwise. As a Director of Photography, Bill has collaborated with a variety of directors on documentaries and independent narratives. Bill has also created scores of advocacy programs for social justice organizations including National Center on Poverty Law, Voices for Illinois Children, The Better Government Association, Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Hope Children’s Hospital, Public Interest Law Initiative, La Casa Norte, and many others.