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Mary Jane Skalski
Mary Jane Skalski is an independent film producer based in New York City. In 2003, she was cited as one of Variety’s “10 Producers to Watch.”
Her projects have consistently garnered critical acclaim and commercial success; the most recent, released in March 2011 following its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, was Tom McCarthy’s Win Win. For the latter writer/director, she was also producer of The Visitor, for which lead actor Richard Jenkins earned an Academy Award nomination, and The Station Agent. In its world premiere at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, the latter received the Audience Award, the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, and a special award for actress Patricia Clarkson. Among other honors, the ensemble cast was subsequently nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Awards’ top prize, and the filmmakers including Ms. Skalski shared the Independent Spirit Awards’ John Cassavetes Award.
She began her career with producers Ted Hope, James Schamus, and Anthony Bregman at the NYC-based independent production company Good Machine. There, she worked on the breakthrough films of Ang Lee (The Wedding Banquet), Edward Burns (The Brothers McMullen), and Nicole Holofcener (Walking and Talking). Her first projects as producer included Bart Freundlich’s The Myth of Fingerprints, starring Julianne Moore; and John O’Hagan’s documentary Wonderland, which won a CableACE Award and received Directors Guild of America and Gotham Award nominations.
Ms. Skalski has since developed and produced features for television and the worldwide theatrical marketplace. In addition to the three films with Thomas McCarthy, these have included Gregg Araki’s acclaimed Mysterious Skin, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, which won Best Director and Best Actor honors at the Seattle International Film Festival; Adam Salky’s Dare, starring Emmy Rossum; and Peter Callahan’s Against the Current, which won the Special Jury Prize at the Dallas International Film Festival.
In 2004, Ms. Skalski received the Independent Spirit Producers Award. Since 1997, she has served as an adjunct in the Graduate Film Program at Columbia University.