An award-winning filmmaker, Mary was born in the Philippines and raised in the SF Bay Area. She received her MFA from NYU Tisch School of the arts for Writing and Directing, where she was the recipient of a prestigious Tisch Graduate Fellowship for Cinematography. In her last year at school, she produced Fish Bones - a feature film which premiered at Slamdance 2018. She is the co-creator of Water Melts, a Tribeca Film Institute and Google Daydream supported VR rom-com about people who will lose their loved ones. Her latest short film, Fran This Summer, has screened in over 20 festivals including the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. She is currently a Directing Fellow at Film Independent's Project Involve. With all her work, she pursues distinct and transformative stories full of bullish heart and levity.