Mary Sweeney collaborated with David Lynch for 20 years, beginning with Blue Velvet in 1986. She edited Twin Peaks Television, Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me, Hotel Room, Lost Highway, The Straight Story and Mulholland Drive, which earned her a British Academy Award for Best Editing. Sweeney wrote the screenplay for The Straight Story for which Richard Farnsworth received an Academy Award nomination. Her producing credits include Lost Highway, The Straight Story, Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire, directed by Lynch, and Baraboo, her directorial debut based on her original screenplay. Baraboo won Best First Feature at the Galway Film Festival and Best Feature and Best Director at the Wisconsin Film Festival. Sweeney is currently working as a Consulting Producer on The Romanoffs, Matthew Weiner’s TV series for Amazon. Sweeney is the Dino and Martha De Laurentiis Endowed Professor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. She is Chair of the Board of Directors of Film Independent, Vice President of the Board of Directors of Desert X, a site-specific Art Biennial in the Coachella Valley, and member of the LA Review of Books Board of Directors. She has a Master’s Degree in Cinema Studies from NYU.