Mary Jane Skalski began her career at Good Machine, one of the key companies in the resurgence of American independent film in the 1990’s. At Good Machine, she worked on the early films of Ang Lee, Ed Burns and Nicole Holofcener. As a producer, her credits include four films with director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor, Win Win and The Cobbler); Gregg Araki’s Mysterious Skin which premiered at the 2004 Venice Film Festival, Todd Louiso’s Hello I Must Be Going which opened the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Adam Salky’s Dare, Peter Callahan’s Against the Current, Julien Goldberger’s The Hawk Is Dying, Jem Cohen’s Chain and Naomi Foner’s Very Good Girls. Mary Jane was an executive producer on Pariah, Trick and Putzel. Most recently, she produced the Fox Searchlight film Wilson, directed by Craig Johnson the film stars Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern and Judy Greer.
Mary Jane’s films have premiered at the Toronto, Venice, Berlin, Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals and have received numerous awards and nominations, including several appearances on the National Board of Review ‘best of’ lists, a BAFTA best screenplay win for The Station Agent and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for Richard Jenkins in The Visitor. Mary Jane received the Independent Spirit Award for Producing in 2004 and in 2003 was selected as one of Variety’s Producers to Watch.
Since 1997 she has been an active adjunct in the graduate film program at Columbia University. In 2016 she served as the Alleesee Chair at Wayne State University. She is also the Senior Advisor to Gamechanger, a financing entity focused exclusively on films directed by women.