WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Only now, her dreams have become her — and our — reality. Since 1999, as a lawyer-turned-documentary film director, based in her hometown of Wellesley, she has sought out the stories she feels need to be told. Her filmography is a heady mix of profiles of strong mothers, devoted (and often feisty) offspring, indignant athletes, against-all-odds immigrants, energetic entrepreneurs, and contrarian market-busters. And, in her latest film, I am Jane Doe, we meet the heroic protectors of those whom most of us would call "children," but in the underbelly of business they are products for sale. If past is indeed prologue, we need to take a look at some of Mary's film history: "human interest stories" that expose the legal travesties, social injustices, and the consequences of flawed or failed systems. Simultaneously, she takes those same stories and infuses them with messages of activism and optimism, for the stories are shared with a larger viewing public, and these films can — and often do — elicit powerful change. I am Jane Doe was released nationally in February and has contrib- uted significantly to important legal and human rights vindication. In March 2017, Backpage.com, an online classified advertisement enter- prise, agreed to shut down its sex ads in its Adult Services section, after C O U R T E S Y O F 5 0 E G G S W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7 82 There's Something About Mary

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