"With a mother like his, no wonder Richard
Branson became an entrepreneurial dynamo... After all, Eve Branson,
80, once talked her way into a glider pilot training program by
masquerading as a man. "These are definitely traits which I
inherited," Richard Branson says with a grin in a new documentary,
Lemonade Stories. The film raises critical questions that
experts are debating more than ever: Are entrepreneurs born?
Or are they taught to turn good ideas into great companies?" -
Jim Hopkins, USA Today - Cover Story. For entire article with streaming
"Based on what I learned from the mothers in Lemonade Stories, it occurs to me that if American parents want to raise children who think entrepreneurially, have initiative and become innovative and truly independent adults, it might serve us all well if we stepped back and let our sweet darlings make mistakes and fall on their faces from time to time." - Mary Mazzio, Time Magazine. For entire article with links, please click here.
"Lemonade Stories...suggests that much of
what entrepreneurs need to know they learned well before, perhaps from
the hand that rocks the cradle. Entrepreneurs taking after-and
inheriting from-their go-getting fathers is hardly news: Ted Turner,
K. Rupert Murdoch and Donald Trump are just three examples of this
phenomenon. But Lemonade Stories highlights the fact that
sometimes it's a mother's touch that fuels the business-building
spirit... no one yet has endowed a chair in entrepreneurship at the
grade school level. Lemonade Stories suggests that doing
so might not be such a bad idea... - Dan Ackman, Forbes.com -
lead story on Breaking News.
For entire story, please
click here for MSN Money article.
Click here for original Forbes.com article.
"Researchers have long said that
someone who grows up with an entrepreneurial parent is much more
likely to launch his or her own business. Lemonade Stories
explores the less tangible influences parents have had. "I loved
that all of these women were risk-takers," says Mary Mazzio,
director of the documentary. "Some of them were businesswomen, some
of them weren't, but it didn't matter ó they all had that
adventurous spirit." Mazzio herself left a partner position at a law
firm to make documentaries that herald women's often-hidden
contributions. Confessing that her own children are sometimes
overscheduled, Mazzio says this project reveals how important it is
for kids to daydream, to be left to their own devices...Along
with life lessons, the film includes humorous stories... The film
brings out what can never really be shown on a business spreadsheet:
a mom's love - and an occasional wad of cash - when a business was
struggling to get off the ground; the refusal to let a child be shy
or mope around the house or watch too much TV; the living example of
how to pick up and start over when a plan fails..." - Stacy Teicher, Christian Science Monitor.
for article. This article also appeared for several months
on ABC News.com - front page business section.
"Behind every great entrepreneur is their mom.
Or so film maker Mary Mazzio found in her soon to be released
documentary Lemonade Stories... [The film] strikes a
relevant note with its focus on this class of risk-taking business
persons. Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Atlantic Airways,
learned lessons in risk-taking from his mother, Eve, a pilot and
WWII Veteran. Billy Starr, founder of Pan-Mass Challenge, was
motivated by his mother's death from cancer to raise more than $100
million for cancer research. Arthur Blank, co-founder of The
Home Depot, learned from his bother that a widow with a young child
can successfully run her own business..." - T.K. Maloy, UPI
Deputy Business Editor, The Washington Times.
for entire article.
film begins with this wonderful shot of boiling eggs... fascinating...
it's just a lovely film..."
- Gail, Harris, NPR. For entire show (On Point) with Mary Mazzio, Arthur
Blank, Tom Scott and Billy Starr, please
is a great great film...I think the Branson segment is
the best 10
minutes I've ever seen on television" - Jim Braude, Anchor of Newsnight - New
England Cable News (NECN)
"To create business entrepreneurs, there needs to be entrepreneurial parents ... especially mothers. That's what Mary Mazzio will speak about when she kicks off the 5th Annual Create West Virginia conference in Charleston. Mazzio is a film maker from Babson Park, Massachusetts just south of Boston." -
Beth Vorhees, News Director of West Virginia Public Radio. To hear the complete interview please click here.
\Check out this article
: "What Richard Branson's Mother Taught Me About Raising Entrepreneurial Kids" - Mary C. Mazzio, The Huffington Post.
"an amazing new film... it blew me away with its
focus and straightforward story telling. If ever there was an
accessible documentary, this was it." - George T. Marshall,
Executive Director of the Rhode Island International Film
"still a handsome blonde at 80, Branson
beside her son is electric side by side for her interview...
as for the 6 and 7 year old children of Mary Mazzio... [they] pulled
in $27.50 from the entrepreneurial enterprise that launched many a
spectacular career in Lemonade Stories. A lemonade stand of
their own." - Margery Egan, The Boston
"Arthur Blank, a
founder of Home Depot, learned from his mother to be fearless.
Kay Koplovitz, founder of USA Networks, picked up her stubbornness
from mom. For Virgin Atlantic Airways founder Richard Branson,
flamboyance was a key trait. Nantucket Nectars' Tom Scott learned
fun can be put to use..." - Kimberly Blanton, The Boston
here for full article. Please
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an amazing new film about extraordinary entrepreneurs and their
mothers. It blew me away..." - George T. Marshall,
Executive Director of Rhode Island International Film Festival
"It was excellent" - Kera Trowbridge, NPR (WXEL-FM,
"This is as good as it gets..." - Al Mayers, General Manager
of Bloomberg Radio, after broadcast of "Simply Put" hosted by Tom
Moroney and Michael Goldman, with Mary Mazzio, Tom Scott and Jane
"I just heard about this new film, Lemonade Stories... It's
airing on CNNfn... Now this is what I call "must-see TV."... -
Scott Allen, About.com.
love is unconditional, and for many successful entrepreneurs, it is
a lifeline as they navigate fledgling businesses through uncertain
waters. Lemonade Stories...highlights that bond
between mother and child. It explores how that relationship
influenced executives such as British airline tycoon Richard
Branson, rap and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, home improvement
innovator and pro football owner Arthur Blank and cable television
pioneer Kay Koplovitz..." - Kathleen Yanity, The Providence
here for entire article.)
never does anything halfway. Passionate, visionary, and bent
on social change...
- Helen Graves, Boston Herald
click here for Kodak Magazine's coverage.
most of these stories, there's a sensor of humor about mistakes,"
said Starr. "I think there's just an
overwhelming sense in our society that finishing second stinks and
you've got to be the best. But it's more important to find a
path that's true." - Chris Helms, The Wellesley
Townsman - Cover Story.
for entire article.
film gets its title from the lemonade stands set up by budding
entrepreneurs. And the mother connection? While the
children sell the lemonade, it's more than likely their mothers made
it..." - Bob Tremblay, Metrowest Daily News - Cover Story.
"The other day, I had
the occasion to catch on TV ... a panel discussion being held at
Babson College... One of the panel members was Arthur
Blank...when asked what he remembered most from his mother while
growing up, he quickly responded that it was her daily mantra of
"Itís the principle of the thing" that he considered to be her
greatest gift." - John Ridell Jr., Chattanooga Times Free
"The straight-talking Molly Blank, mother
of Home Depot cofounder and former Babson student Arthur Blank, drew
laughs from the crowd as she punctured any notion that she set out
to turn her sons into titans of business..." - Chris Helms,
The Wellesley Townsman.
Click here for entire article.
"At a time when there is significant discussion
about family values, I can think of no better way to celebrate a
mother's impact than Lemonade Stories. The stories in
the film are riveting and diverse, but the common theme is the same.
Family values aren't defined by Disney movies, Chutes and Ladders,
and freshly-baked cookies. Family values can come in the form
of a sweating mother who teaches her children to believe in
themselves and to strive for self-defined success. That's a lesson I
can live with." - Tony, RollingDoughnut.com.
here for entire review.
and Richard Klug, her chief cinematographer appear on Spotlight and
talk about their partnership and filming of "Lemonade Stories"...
the two are lively entertainment... As Mary and Richard worked,
she wanted to film her logo, boiling eggs. This was a bone of
contention. Klug told Mary, "That's not possible to film, it can't
be done." Finally they were
able to film furiously boiling eggs. Richard says, "I join a long
list of people Mary has proved wrong." - Katherine Prins,
Click here for article.
Official Selection -
Rhode Island International Film Festival (a qualifying festival for
the Academy Award) - winner First Place Judge's Commendation for
Official Selection - Palm Beach Intl Film Festival
Official Selection - Tiburon International Film Festival
Official Selection - Roving Eye Documentary Film
Festival Finalist - 35th Annual USA Film Festival Film
The USA Today, Forbes.com, Christian Science
Monitor and UPI articles have been syndicated
in websites and newspapers across the US, Europe, and from China,
Singapore, and other parts of Asia to India and Pakistan. The film
has been covered, in addition to the above, in over 200 dailies
across the country. (Kudos to
Mike Chmura and his Babson PR team)
here for Babson Podcast with Mary Mazzio and Mike Chmura
C-SPAN; ESPN2's Cold Pizza,
Headline News; CNNfn's The Flip Side,
Channel 5, NPR's On Point with
Tom Ashbrook, 96.6's
Eagan & Braude Show, Bloomberg Radio, NECN's
Newsnight, WBIX radio, and WXEL-FM Radio Miami.
Other print coverage:
Washingtonpost.com; Rockford Register Star
(IL); Sun Sentinal (FL); CBS Marketwatch.com; MSN Money; Yahoo
Business; Canarsie Courier
(Brooklyn); Tribune USA (LA); Southeast Kern Extra (LA); Independent
Bulletin (Chicago); Alexandria Times (IN); Silver Creek (NY);
Fairfax Chief (OK); Vinita Daily Journal (OK); Weakly County Press
(TN); Athol Daisy News (MA); Siouxland Press (IA); West Lyon Herald
(IA); O'Brien County Bell (IA); Lyon Country Reporter (IA); Rock
Valley Bee (IA); Northwest Iowa Peach (IA); Osceola Country Gazette;
Sioux Center News (SD); Valley Morning Star (TX); Jackson Country
News (FL); Antwerp Bee (OH); Honalulu Advertiser; Pakistanti
Perspective; AllMedia (Russia). This list is a sample list of
local print coverage, which was covered in over in 220 articles in
19 different states.
"I cried at least 5 times” – Mike Wheeler, former head
of Financial Network News
"I'd watch Lemonade Stories over
Survivor any day..." - Lora Kolodny, Inc. Magazine
“Amazing is all I have to say about Lemonade Stories. I showed
the [Arthur] Blank segment to my entrepreneurship class and they begged me
to see the rest… - Heidi Neck, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Babson
"We just love it..." - Ken Jautz, CNN and
head of CNNfn
"the screening [here] was wildly
successful... it will be passed around to teachers all over the
state..." - Tim McClung, Entrepreneurship Center, University of
"Loved the film. What a great
concept.. what I think I liked most was that none of them took credit
for what their children did, they loved them, were present and
available to them, led by example not tyranny - in this day of
self-help books, shows, tapes - it was nice to see something that
talked about the value of just being human... Great work... - Kelly
Fallon, SVP- Hill Holliday
"I was blown away... " - Ralph (Bud)
Sorenson, former president, Babson College
"My favorite part of Lemonade
Stories is when Russell Simmons tells the story of his mom giving
him money when he was down, and Russell says. "It wasn't the money
that meant so much to me, it was that she believed in me." I
gave a copy to my mom for mother's day... we watched it together and I
think her tears made it apparent it was my best mother's day gift
ever..." - Rob Crawford, Director of Development - The Park School
"Loved the film. LOVED IT.
LOVED IT. LOVED IT." - Morgan Zalkin, Good Morning America
"Your session [at the Price-Babson
Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators] was awesome..." - Jeffry
Timmons, Founder, Price-Babson Program
"The teachers loved it. We are
formally including this film into our economics curriculum for all
12th graders..." - Sally Farr, Katy Independent School District
"I called my Mom from the parking lot to
thank her... the movie really hammered home for me how much our
children watch and learn from simply observing the actions of their
parents. The courage that the mothers in the film showed,
especially during times of crisis, really influenced the lives and
attitudes of their children. I left the movie extremely moved
and committed to being a courageous role model for my kids... -
Tracy Rude Smith, mom and Olympian
"I can't begin to tell you what you've
done... it was incredible..." - Jane Scott (mother of Tom Scott,
co-founder, Nantucket Nectars)
""I watched Lemonade Stories last
night and I have to tell you, I absolutely LOVED it. Kay
Koplovitz's mother was priceless and I cried my eyes out during Tom
Scott's dialogue about his mother. What GREAT stories." -
Katy Milmoe, Advertising Executive, EURO MVBMS Partners
"it deeply touched me...
beautiful... one of the great films I've ever seen in business..." -
Steve Mariotti, founder of NFTE (National Foundation for Teaching
- Arthur Blank, co-founder, The Home Depot
"Just brilliant... you are
brilliant..." - Eve Branson, author and mother of Richard Branson
“It was great.. you did a wonderful job... thank you..."- Danny
Simmons, co-founder of Def Poetry Jam
“Loved it. Very well produced and
created. Great learning and great fun also. I was
wondering if Brazil in in any of your plans..." - Bob Wollheim,
founder of e-labSSJ, San Paulo, Brazil. For his article in
“My family really enjoyed the film… I got a real kick out of Art
Blank’s mom and Richard Branson’s, too.” – Kay Koplovitz,
co-founder of USA Network and first woman to be president of a network
“I screened the Tom Scott and Kelly Reinhart segments to 70 6th graders. I
wasn’t sure how they’d respond, but they loved it.” – Andrea
Thies, 6th grade teacher
"Mary, in making this documentary,
really opened up my eyes as to how interesting and significant this
topic is... it's not a trite thing, it's a powerful thing and very
" - Tom Scott, co-founder Nantucket Nectars
"I would not have missed
this day for the world." - Dorothy Lundberg, Tom Scott's
"wonderful..." - Mark Starr, Newsweek-
Boston Bureau Chief
"Great story. Jane Smith is an
absolute hoot!!" - John Kelley, EVP - Imagitas
"Loved it. You rock the
house." - Mark Young, Communications Counsel, partners+Simons
"Thoroughly enjoyable... fun to watch... great
stories. I loved Nantucket Nectars and Branson - his mother was
so cute." - Ed Harding, Channel 5 News Anchor
"My parents were born in Cuba and I'm a first
generation American. The relationship I have with my folks is
profoundly strong and special. Both are my best friends, mentors,
and strongest unconditional supporters... so to see others living life
and sharing their love for life as Mary does through her movies makes
me smile for hours... As my mom always taught me that kindness goes a
very long way, I wanted to let her know the special trickle down
effect her efforts have had on me alone... " - Angie Farinas, CPA
"LOVED it." - Brian Sullivan,
"I had the privilege of being able to
attend the premiere today. As a filmmaker, I kept thinking,
"Wow, I wish I had thought of this idea. As a parent, I kept thinking,
"Man, I hope I let my kids grow up right and challenge them." - CC Chapman, co-founder Random Foo Pictures
"It was the most inspiring thing I
have seen in a long long time..." - Luke O'Neill, founder of
"we are all jammed into a conference
room laughing and tearing up over LEMONADE and APPLE PIE.
thank you! - Derrick Wood, VP - Creative Director, Staples!
Terrific" - Ed Joyce, co-founder,
"Wonderful" - Pam Cross, News
Anchor, Channel 5
"Your movie was very touching. I loved it."
- Lauren Silva, Wellesley High School Student
"Lemonade Stories will be the backbone of
my children's education..." - Jose Cattani, Symposium for
Entrepreneurship Educators participant
"I even cried ... but you can't print my
name because no one will ever go out with me for beers again..." - unidentified male college student, Anytown, USA
"My mom's movie is called "Lemonade
Stories." It was fun. The movie was at Babson." - Jamie
Mazzio-Manson, Book Report
"Best film I have ever seen... you are a
genius” – the unbiased view of the
film maker’s mother, Paula Mazzio
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