While Mary was practicing as a trial lawyer for over ten years, the best day of the week was Friday. Not because she didn’t have to work over the weekend, but because Friday night was always The Movie Night. Having already read the Washington Post or New York Times reviews, tough days would be forgotten in those few hours during which Mary could lose herself in someone else’s dreams – or nightmares. How envious she was of all those film critics! And now, since 1997 Mary has been delighted to be the envy of all her former colleagues. She began writing reviews for Currents but then became a bit bolder and participated in interviews with celebrities like Jim Carrey, George Clooney, Samuel Jackson, Jeff Goldblum and Hugh Grant.
In 1997 Mary began attending the Filmfest Hamburg where she would watch as many as six films a day. The informality of the festival made it easy to meet and speak with directors, actors and producers. She began writing for Hamburg Guide and occasionally other publications, which helped with accreditation for one of the best film festivals in Europe – the Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin. What a challenge! There are so many films and press conferences with so little time. Standing up with a microphone to question celebrities like legends Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir Sean Connery and Kirk Douglas with dozens of cameras turned on Mary for a change was and is quite a thrill. Mary has attended the Berlinale every year since 2001 and the excitement is undiminished. As a special treat, Mary was accredited for the Festival de Cannes 2004, and she walked the red carpet along with Michael Moore for his film Fahrenheit 9/11. Working in the movie industry is full of surprises and entertainment and challenges, and Mary looks forward to screening more films and interviewing more creative and talented people.