Here's Herbie marks Mary Wickliffe's solo directorial film debut. Mary grew up in Princeton, New Jersey where she trod the boards as a kid at the McCarter Theatre. She pursued acting in New York and studied with Bill Hickey at the renowned HB Studios. Wickliffe then headed to the West Coast to major in Theatre Arts at UCLA. She continued her professional studies in workshops conducted by such actor/directors as Jeff Corey, Gordon Hunt and Avery Schreiber. For over 25 years now Ms. Wickliffe has worked in film, television, theater and commercials. Her first film credit was in John Cassavettes' Opening Night. Recent credits include a recurring role on Showtime's hit, Sleeper Cell, Beauty Shop, Rules of Engagement, House, M.D., NCIS.
In addition to acting, in Equity and Equity Waiver productions, Mary has also produced and directed throughout Los Angeles. Her interest in acting and directing led to her participation in a "Special Projects" workshop at the DGA. It was there that Wickliffe befriended her mentor, Mark W. Travis. (Director, teacher and author of "The Director's Journey" & "Directing Feature Films"). Mary and Mark Travis later developed "The Workshop From Hell" to help professional actors apply directorial techniques to material. In 2005 Ms. Wickliffe traveled to the International Film Farm in Poland to work with directors from all over the world. When she returned stateside, she co-produced and co-directed a short called The Game. Ms. Wickliffe coaches actors and recently co-created an on camera workout group for professionals in Studio City, CA. Mary is currently developing a number of projects.
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Here’s Herbie is a simple, little story - a true story - about an odd incident on a New York subway. Most people probably dismissed it when a man named Herbie bounded onto their subway car with a toy steering wheel in his hand. But it meant something to fifteen-year old Mike Feder who grew up a writer and told the story of Herbie in Harper’s Magazine.
Like thousands of little stories experienced by thousands of people every day, these simple stories are important. They accumulate and shape lives. They nourish future choices. Perhaps since my own life had been shaped by similar experiences growing up, Mike’s story stayed with me years after I read it. So after working on the other side of the camera, when an inner voice started pestering me to direct a film, “Herbie” was just there, waiting to be sent into the world again in a new incarnation.
I didn’t begin with my eye on a particular demographic. Once it was finished, it was clear that there are people out there: kids, teenagers, adults who are as ready for Herbie to come into their lives now as Mike was then. Hopefully my film will inspire them to grab a little of Herbie’s unbridled joy and make it their own, no matter how crazy it seems.
None of this would have been possible without the incredible group of talented, committed craftsman who gave their all to help me bring this to life and to my friends who gave me their unwavering support. We had a blast.
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