Meet Mary Olive Smith of Flying Pup Productions at Find & Follow Your Passion on April 6

More than 35 top creative professionals will be sharing their insight with us for Find & Follow Your Passion, our full-day conference taking place on April 6th at The New School. We’re thrilled to introduce you to one of our speakers, Mary Olive Smith.


Emmy-award-winning filmmaker Mary Olive Smith has produced, directed, and written prime-time documentaries for major television broadcasters including Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channels, History Channel, and PBS. She has filmed in more than two dozens countries on subjects ranging from tattooed mummies in the Philippines to “Child Brides” (winner of the Overseas Press Club Edward R. Murrow Award) and “Saving Haiti’s Mothers” (NOW on PBS).

Mary Olive made her feature-length directorial debut with “A Walk to Beautiful” (Engel Entertainment) about women in Ethiopia with severe childbirth injuries. Winner of the national Emmy for News & Documentary in 2008 for broadcast on NOVA (PBS), the film won a number of festival awards and was the winner of the 2008 International Documentary Association’s Best Feature Documentary, beating Michael Moore’s “Sicko” and Alex Gibney’s “Taxi to the Dark Side.” More recently she directed and shot the feature-length version of “Fixing the Future” (JumpStart Productions). Hosted by David Brancaccio, the film takes us on a journey across America looking at ways Main Street is bringing back jobs. The film showed in more than 70 theaters nationwide as part of an extensive community outreach campaign in the summer of 2012.

Mary Olive recently directed a number of advocacy pieces covering issues such as autism for Children’s Specialized Hospital in NJ and neglected tropical diseases for GlaxoSmithKline. She has a Masters from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, is married to a loving musician and librarian, and is the mother of a beautiful four-year-old boy.

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Join Mary Olive Smith and over 250 young creatives for a full day of discussions, hands on workshops, networking, and fun. Meet the coolest creatives and companies in New York City, learn about different industries, and make great connections with peers and professionals.

Join us for this life-changing day of inspiration and actionable career tips. Register today.

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Sara is the Managing Editor for the NY Creative Interns blog. She's also a Hofstra University alumnae and a Campus Coordinator for The World Needs More Love Letters. Follow her on Twitter @SaraMBrink and read her blog, Letters From A (Someday) Editor.

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