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Dorothy has a wide range of television and feature film experience spanning 25 years and has most recently produced Patriots Day with Peter Berg directing and Mark Wahlberg in the leading role. The story follows the accounts of the Boston Marathon bombing and the events that led to the capture of the terrorists.
Prior to that Aufiero produced Walt Disney Pictures’ The Finest Hours based on a true story of the US Coast Guards’ most daring small boat sea rescue; and Aufiero produced the highly-acclaimed feature film The Fighter, based on the life stories of boxing brothers Dicky Eklund and Irish Micky Ward for Paramount Pictures.
Aufiero was one of the co-founders of Scout and with her former partners Michael Williams and David Collins, built one of the most successful Production Companies on the east coast – creators of Queer Eye For the Straight Guy. Aufiero has also Produced such films as: Brad Anderson’s Session 9; Errol Morris’ Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Lutcher, Jr.; and held key production roles in such high-profile films as: David Mamet’s Spartan and State And Main; Brad Silberling’s Lemony Snickets: A Series of Unfortunate Events; Gus Van Sant’s Good Will Hunting; and Michael Corrente’s Outside Providence and America Buffalo.
Writer / Director / Producer
María Agui Carter is a filmmaker, and Assistant Professor of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College. She has won George Peabody Gardner, NEH, Warren, and Rockefeller awards, and served as a visiting scholar at Harvard, Tulane and Brandeis.
An advocate for diversity in media, she has served as Board Chair of NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers), and is on the Writer’s Guild of America Diversity Alliance. She is co-author of the 2017 “White Paper on Gender Inequality in Film and Television” and completing a 2018 “White Paper on Diversity in Media.”
Over a dozen of her documentaries have broadcast nationally primarily on PBS and internationally, and premiered at festivals from Tribeca to Frameline. Her recent projects include the documentary Rebel, about a Latina soldier and spy of the American Civil War, winner of an Erik Barnouw Award (best historical films in America), PBS; the play Fourteen Freight Trains about the first US soldier to die in Iraq, an undocumented Latino man, premiered Arena Stage, Washington, DC; and the PBS and trans-media series, SciGirls Latina. She is slated to direct her new fiction script The Secret Life of La Mariposa, selected as a Sundance Screenwriter’s Intensive Lab in 2019. A fable about an undocumented girl, immigrant rights, and the environment, the script is based on her own experience growing up undocumented.
Executive Producer, MullenLowe
Mary Robinson is an award-winning Executive Producer at MullenLowe, a global creative advertising agency, which was named to the Ad Age Agency A-List 2018. Mary currently leads production on the E*TRADE brand for the agency and recently produced their multi-platform Super Bowl campaign “This Is Getting Old” which landed in the top ten of USA Today’s ad meter and was declared “One of the Top 5 Ads of the Super Bowl” of 2018 by Fast Company.
Mary cut her teeth at some of the most highly-respected creative agencies in the country; at Arnold Worldwide she worked on Volkswagen and Truth/American Legacy Foundation and later at Modernista! on the Cadillac account. In her 14-year career, Mary has produced commercial films both domestically and internationally for clients such as Acura, Google, JetBlue, FAGE and Indeed.
Mary graduated from Simmons College where she was captain of the soccer team. She is a three-time Boston Marathon finisher, also serving as fundraising chair on the 2011 American Liver Foundation charity team. These experiences have driven her passion for motivating teams and creating breakthrough work for her Clients.
Virginia Johnson is a costume designer for the film and television industry and a small business owner in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Johnson recently wrapped up the film, Mile 22 with director Peter Berg starring Mark Wahlberg, Iko Uwais, and Lauren Cohen which will be released in August of this year. She previously designed the costumes for Peter Berg's film about the Boston Marathon bombings, "Patriot's Day" and last summer costumed Josh Boone's X-Men: New Mutants as part of the Marvel X-Men series. Johnson began her career designing costumes for the stage and transitioned to television in 2003 when local director and producer, Nancy Porter, hired her to design the costumes for PBS's NOVA special on Typhoid Mary.
In 2011, Virginia opened gather here, a fabric and fibers boutique and maker space in Cambridge to share her passion for the fiber arts and community building. Johnson has spoken about craft and the Women’s March focusing on the importance of craftivism in a divided America. She is part of the Fuller Craft Museum exhibit: Revolution in the Making, which opened on January 21, 2018. Virginia is a member of United Scenic Artist Local 829 as well as the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 481.
Mary Mazzio, an award-winning documentary film director, Olympic athlete, and former law firm partner, is Founder and CEO of 50 Eggs, Inc., an independent film production company dedicated to making socially impactful films.
Mary wrote, directed and produced the highly-acclaimed films, Underwater Dreams, TEN9EIGHT, The Apple Pushers, A Hero for Daisy, Contrarian, Apple Pie, and Lemonade Stories. Her newest documentary film, I AM JANE DOE, narrated by Academy Award nominee, Jessica Chastain, opened in select cities with AMC Theatres on February 10, 2017. I AM JANE DOE’s companion film, an animated short called I AM LITTLE RED, premiered in October 2017 at an event in Washington, D.C. hosted by the US Department of Education and the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Director / Producer
Tracy Heather Strain is an award-winning filmmaker who crafts documentaries and non-fiction media projects through her Fort Point Channel-based production company, The Film Posse, which she co-founded with her husband and business partner Randall MacLowry. She is the director, producer and writer of Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, the first feature documentary about Lorraine Hansberry which had its world premiere at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and its television premiere in January 2018 on the PBS series American Masters.
Tracy's other credits include films for the PBS series American Experience, Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, Race: The Power of an Illusion and I’ll Make Me a World: A Century of African-American Art. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Tracy serves as Professor of the Practice in Media and Screen Studies at Northeastern University where she teaches documentary studies and production.