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  • #NashvilleIsBack on CMT and Lily has been invited to direct her second episode!

  • Did you catch Lily on Murder In The First, directed by her friend, Eriq La Salle? If you missed it, you can find it by its title, "Black and White."

  • Lily was thrilled to direct an episode of Amazon's Just Add Magic! Look for her episode in the second season.

  • Check out Entertainment Weekly's review of Lily's television directorial debut on Nashville: I don't know if it's just the presence of a healthy Juliette Barnes on the screen, but "What I Cannot Change" is perhaps the best episode of this season of Nashville so far ? and by quite a long shot. There's nothing overly dramatic or depressing or out of character. Just good ol' fashioned drama and country music, which is exactly what Nashville is supposed to be." - Kyle Fowle, Entertainment Weekly

  • Lily makes the New York Times Magazine cover! Sunday November 22, check your newsstands. Or if you can't wait, you can go here to see.

  • Lily heads to Nashville to direct her first episode of television on the show, 'Nashville'! Air date to follow. Yee-haw!

  • Her debut feature as a director, MODEL MINORITY, is now available on DVD here: www.modelminoritymovie.com

  • Watch Lily on CBS' Criminal Minds on the Season 10 opener, October 1, 9pm!

  • Lily has a recurring role on MTV's Teen Wolf! You can catch up on her episodes online here or on Hulu. Watch Season 4, episode 10 "Monstrous" and episode 7 "Weaponized." She plays a 115 year old werewolf. Watch out, boys, she'll chew you up...Rwarr.

  • Yeehaw! Lily just returned from Nashville, Tennessee, where she was shadowing Julie Hébert on an episode of "Nashville."

  • More exciting news! Model Minority is now available, commercial-free, on Amazon.com.

  • Lily just got back from Charlotte, North Carolina, where she shadowed Clark Johnson on an episode of "Homeland." She also got to spend time with her friend, Lesli Linka Glatter, as she carries out her new job as Co-Executive Producer and Director on the show!

  • Great news! We've been picked up by our first platform (of many more to come): Hulu and Hulu Plus! And without any publicity at all, we opened on our first day with over 700 views! Congratulations to our fantastic cast and crew, we're starting our journey from a terrific place.

    We're number one in Drama and number two in all Popular films! Help keep us there, go watch here: http://www.hulu.com/watch/508668
    It's FREE!

  • Model Minority wins again at the Sacramento International Film Festival! This time, it's the big prize for the best film, Outstanding Feature.

  • Model Minority wins two awards at the London Independent Film Festival: Best Micro-Budget Film and Best Female Director!

  • Lily guest-starred on NCIS:LA in the exciting episode, "Purity," April 9, 2013! You can watch the episode here.

  • Model Minority won Best Feature in the Drama Category and Lily won Best Director at the Asians on Film Festival!

  • An interview with Lily on the Voice of America's Daybreak Asia program which aired January 10, 2013:
  • Lily was recently interviewed by AsiansonFilm.com about her career and of course, Model Minority! > Click here to view the videos
  • Model Minority wins the Audience Choice Award, Narrative Feature at the Asian American Intnl. Film Festival! PHOTOS HERE

  • Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Spotlight: Lily Mariye

  • PHOTOS from the red carpet premiere! More photos on the
    Model Minority site!

  • Lily did an interview on The Doug Foresta Show! > Click here to listen

  • Lily was selected for the Disney/ABC/DGA Directors program! She is now officially a Disney/ABC Director for the next two years!

  • Model Minority was featured in L.A.'s Japanese American Newspaper, The Rafu Shimpo.

  • Official Trailer for Model MInority!  

  • Model Minority has been selected as one of 16 finalists for the Grand Jury Prize for the LAAPFF!> Download the Press Release

  • Model Minority will have its World Premiere May 11 & May 15 at the 28th Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival! Click here for more info and screening times!

  • Lily was interviewed on ABradio March 13th.
    Click here to listen!

  • Lily was recently interviewed on The Doug Foresta Show talking about her career and her new movie Model Minority. > Click here to listen!

  • Watch for Lily in the national SUBWAY commercial!

  • Check out Lily's new movie site for Model Minority


  • Q&A with Lily Mariye - from Examiner.com

  • Check out Lily's "Behind the Scenes" video of her husband Boney James (shot with an Canon XL-1s and edited with iMovie).

  • Lily is one of the finalist for the Roy W. Dean Film Grant! Go HERE to check out Lily and the other finalists.

  • Lily and her script, "Model Minority", have been selected for the second round of consideration for the 2011 January Screenwriters Lab in the Sundance Feature Film Program, held in Park City, Utah, every year, concurrent with the Sundance Film Festival. This is her fourth time to be selected for this honor. Hooray!

  • Lily is a Quarter-Finalist, in the top 10% of all entries, for the 2010 Page International Screenwriting Awards. Her script, TORN, is one of 65 in the Thriller/Horror category to go on to the next round. Semi-Finalists will be announced August 15.

  • Check out the Official Trailer for EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES! The movie opened January 22, 2010. Lily appears as Dr. Waldman.

  • The Shangri-la Cafe won the Bronze Prize for the Page International Screenwriting Awards and is one of 3 finalists for the Cynosure Screenwriting Awards!

  • Model Minority was in the top 15% of finalists for the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting and was a finalist for both screenwriting and directing in the Sundance Feature Film Labs.

  • ER was honored on TVLand Awards, April 26, and Lily Mariye, Yvette Freeman and other members of ER appeared to accept the award.



  • ER has just wrapped its' final episode after 15 seasons! Watch for Lily on April 2, first on the ER retrospective at 8pm and the two hour finale beginning at 9. Here's Lily and Noah Wyle after shooting the very last trauma scene on her last day!

  • Lily was just cast in "Extraordinary Measures," a new film with Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser. She starts shooting in May in Portland, Oregon.

  • IMDb and Withoutabox present IMDb Theaters, a major new initiative to create an online global showcase for top short films. IMDb users will now be able to watch short films from the world's most exciting new filmmakers. "THE SHANGRI-LA CAFE" is one of the featured short films.

  • Just finished filming "Hancock" with Will Smith and Charlize Theron, directed by Peter Berg. Just shot a JC Penney commercial in which Lily drives a semi-truck! Watch for it near Thanksgiving. Lily's also on the short list for the Sundance Feature Film Labs with a new project, "More Than This."

  • Lily can be seen in the feature film "AMERICAN PIE: BAND CAMP" now on DVD. She plays Susan Choi, the head of a prestigious music school who saves the day. (AND, of course, steals the film!!)

  • Lily has been working on her director skills lately - she has been 'shadowing' Director Lesli Linka Glatter on ER.

  • Lily recently attended the IFP Market & Conference in New York. She was one of 40 participants (out of 1600) to be chosen. The IFP Market is the only US independent film event where independent screenwriters, directors, and producers with projects in various stages of development present their work directly to industry executives.

  • Watch Lily on HGTV's RESTORE AMERICA .



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