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Mary Elizabeth Posatko

Part-Time Lecturer

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Division of Film & Television Production

Mary Posatko is an LA-based filmmaker and professor originally from Delaware.  Mary has directed and produced award-winning films including TARGET ZERO, ALL FALL DOWN (co-directed and produced with Emily Topper), AIN’T IN IT FOR MY HEALTH:  A FILM ABOUT LEVON HELM (directed by Jacob Hatley), and PITSTOP (directed by Melanie McGraw).  She is an alumna of IFP Spotlight on Documentaries, Good Pitch, and the Chicken & Egg Labs.  Her films have received support from the IDA Pare Lorentz Award, Chicken & Egg, the San Francisco Film Society and the Abell Foundation; and have screened in theaters and US and international film festivals including SXSW, LAFF, Maryland, Nashville, IDFA, Gotenburg and CPH:DOX, among others. 

Mary moved to Los Angeles as an Americorps volunteer, working as a homeless intake counselor on LA’s Skid Row before becoming a producer on KCRW and PRI’s TO THE POINT and WHICH WAY, LA?.  She received her BA in history from Brown University and her MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.