Entrepreneurs and the Mothers who Made Them
Introducing Lemonade Stories,
a documentary film by award-winning filmmaker, Mary Mazzio, about extraordinary
entrepreneurs and their mothers. This film, produced in collaboration
with Babson College and Scott Timmins, focuses on how mothers have
contributed to the entrepreneurial spirit of their sons and daughters. The film, which garnered the First Place Judge's Commendation for BEST
DOCUMENTARY at the Rhode Island International Film Festival (one of the
few festivals which qualifies films for the Academy Award), also aired nationwide on CNNfn
and has been broadcast nationwide in the UK, Israel, the Middle East, Latin
America, New Zealand, and Hong Kong.
The debut of the film's panel
discussion aired nationwide on C-SPAN.
Garnering a full cover page story in USA Today, complete
with pictures and streaming video on USA Today.com's home page,
Lemonade Stories was also featured in cover story articles in
The Christian Science Monitor and Forbes.com,
both of which stories were syndicated around the world, including a
feature story on ABC News.com's home page, as well as NPR, CNN
Headline News, ESPN, The Boston Globe, Fast Company,
Bloomberg Radio, The Providence Journal, Yahoo Business, MSN Business, among
The film has been screened and used for international consulting firms,
unemployment training centers, state business conferences, corporate
retreats, high schools
(being incorporated into high school economics curriculum in school
districts), entrepreneurship symposiums, business schools and colleges
in the US, Canada, Japan, the UK, China, Mexico, Brazil, and France.
An official selection at the Rhode Island
International Film Festival (a qualifying festival for the Academy
Award) as well as the Palm Beach International Film Festival, the Tiburon
International Film Festival, and
the Swansea Bay Film Festival (Wales, UK),
the film was also a
finalist in the 25th Annual USA Film Festival.
The individuals featured in this film include:
Richard Branson (The Virgin Group) and his mother,
Eve Branson (herself an entrepreneur, who also served in WWII)
Russell Simmons (Def Jam/Phat Fashions), his brother
Reverend Run (a/k/a Run of the hip-hop pioneers, Run-DMC), and his
brother Danny Simmons (co-founder, Def Poetry Jam)
Arthur Blank (The Home Depot) and his mother, Molly
Blank (who took over the family business after the death of her husband
and built it into a multi-million dollar operation)
Kay Koplovitz (USA Network) and her mother, Jane
Smith (a 90 year old who loves Brett Favre and is known to yell at
her favorite players during playoff season)
Tom Scott (Nantucket Nectars), his mother Jane,
his grandmother Dorothy (featured in Nantucket Nectars' radio spots),
and his wife, Emily Woods Scott (founder of JCrew)
Billy Starr (Pan-Mass Challenge), who founded the
world’s largest bike-a-thon, raising over $100,000,000 for
cancer research in memory of his mother, Betty Starr.
Kelly Reinhart (TPak International), an 11 year
old entrepreneur who invented a thigh pack and obtained a million
dollar contract with the US Army.
NOTE: There is one segment of the film which discusses the
landscape facing inner-city African American men, including drugs. This segment,
while appropriate for middle school and high school, should be previewed
before screening to elementary school children. The DVD is formatted such that segments
of the film can be skipped or fast-forwarded.
CLICK HERE to see another clip of Lemonade Stories.