is an American award-winning documentary film
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maker, attorney, and a rower for the United States in the 1992 Olympics
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. She founded the independent film company 50 Eggs.
Mazzio received a B.A. in philosophy and political science from Mount Holyoke College
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in 1983 and a J.D. from Georgetown University
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in 1987. She studied film production as a graduate student at Boston University
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. She is a former partner with the law firm of Brown, Rudnick, Freed, and Gesmer.
A Hero For Daisy (1999)
Her 1999 film, A Hero for Daisy,, called "a landmark film" by The New York Times, is about Title IX pioneer and two-time Olympian Chris Ernst, who (in 1976) led her Yale University
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rowing team in a protest that increased athletic opportunities for women. This film, which won a Gracie and a Women's Foundation Journalism Award, aired nationwide on ESPN, Oxygen, and WTSN (Canada), was invited to screen at The Smithsonian, and is in thousands of classrooms across the nation.
Apple Pie (2002)
Mazzio followed up with Apple Pie in 2002, featuring Drew Bledsoe, Mia Hamm, Shaquille O'Neal, Grant Hill, Kenny Lofton, and other athletes, which was called "illuminating... told with deftness and emotion...priceless" by The New York Times.
Lemonade Stories (2004)
She produced Lemonade Stories, featuring Richard Branson, Arthur Blank, Russell Simmons, and other entrepreneurs, which was the subject of a USA Today cover story and is being shown throughout the world on television and in classrooms, board rooms, business schools, and consulting firms.
Mazzio's TEN9EIGHT tells the inspirational stories of several inner city teens who discover the power of entrepreneurship and compete in a national business plan competition. The title, TEN9EIGHT, refers to the fact that every 9 seconds a teen drops out of a U.S. high school. TEN9EIGHT was released in the fall of 2009 in a first-of-its-kind partnership with AMC Theatres in New York, LA, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami and Kansas City. BET and CENTRIC networks broadcast TEN9EIGHT initially on February 7, 2010 as part of Viacom’s GET SCHOOLED initiative with the Gates Foundation. The broadcast coincided with a special screening at the White House Summit hosted by the US Department of Education and the Library of Congress, as well as the release of a companion book to the film, Teens Blast Off, published by Scholastic. New York Times columnist Tom Friedman said this about TEN9EIGHT: “Obama should arrange for this movie to be shown in every classroom in America. It is the most inspirational, heartwarming film you will ever see.” The film was also called “inspiring… should be compulsory viewing in high schools around the country” (Lael Lowenstein, Variety), “very well made” (Mike Hale, The New York Times) and “important,” (Marshall Fine, Huffington Post).
- The Gracie Award
- Women's Sports Foundation Journalism Award,
- Myra Sadker award
- Henry Luce Foundation Fellowship (Korea)
- Rotary Foundation Graduate Fellowship (France)
- Rhode Island Film Festival - 1st Place Judge's Commendation for Best Documentary