MARY ROBERTSON // Director and Producer

Mary Robertson is a producer and director of non-fiction media. Presently she is on staff with the celebrated production company Left/Right, where she develops, directs, and produces television for a wide range of television networks. Her latest efforts include a documentary film about the most comprehensive survey of American sexual behavior ever conducted. The program, 'Sex in America' was commissioned by and broadcast on the Discovery Channel's heralded science series 'Curiosity'. Before working on films about the science of sex she was looking at the science of preventing high school dropouts. 'Middle School Moment' looks at how one Bronx middle school is using data and a series of novel interventions to prevent high school dropouts; the finished story was broadcast on PBS' distinguished public affairs series 'Frontline'. And before the investigations into the science of sex and educational reforms Mary was at work on the 'The United Stats of America', a six-part series for the History Channel hosted by twin brother comedians Randy and Jason Sklar and revealing the stories behind the most interesting and surprising statistics in American history.

Prior to her work with Left/Right Mary worked as a freelance producer and director on long and short form documentary programs for major broadcasters of all shapes and sizes. In 2010 she completed work producing two hours of ‘This Emotional Life’, PBS’s popular series on happiness. This high-rated mini-series has gone on to win over nine Telly awards and was recently honored with an IDA nomination for Best Limited Series. Other television credits include producing and directing work for PBS’s ‘NOVA scienceNOW’, ‘History Detectives’, and ‘Current TV’. For radio, Mary has produced and reported several segments for public radio’s award-winning series ‘This American Life’. In independent film Mary's work includes the documentary short ‘The Bear Hunter’, which screened around the world and at dozens of Film Festivals including Silverdocs, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives, and the New York Underground Film Festival. Along the way she has been fortunate to collaborate with and learn from some of the best storytellers working today, including: Bill Moyers, Maysles Films, David Grubin Productions, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, Susan Froemke, Deborah Dickson, and Chris Wilcha. Mary studied at Wesleyan University, majoring in film and graduating with honors. She now resides in Brooklyn.