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.