SCBrown Public Relations
Press Release
August 19, 2005
Press Contact: SCBrown PR 310/702-5847

DIRECTOR/WRITER LILY MARIYE TO PARTICIPATE
AT IFP MARKET & CONFERENCE

Lily Mariye, who added the credit of director and writer to her skills as an actress, has been chosen as one of 40 participants (out of 1600) for the IFP Market & Conference in New York, September 18 to 22. 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.

Mariye is mostly known to audiences from her role on the NBC drama ER as Nurse Lily Jarvick – since the first season. She will next be seen in “American Pie: Band Camp” as the head of the music school. In 2000 through the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women she added her first behind the camera role. Her first short feature was the award winning The Shangri-la Cafe, set in her hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada. The film won “Best Screenplay” at the 22nd annual Brussels Independent International Film Festival, and “Best Short Film” at the Moondance International Film Festival, March 2001. The Shangri-la Café was shown nationally on PBS. Lily has written several screenplays in addition to The Shangri-la Cafe, and has directed/written and produced several short films for instantfilms.tv.

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SCBrown Public Relations
Press Release
August 22, 2002
Press Contact: SCBrown PR 310/702-5847

Lily Mariye directs for Instantfilms.com

Imagine you are the director and you show up to shoot your film but you don’t know what the script will be or who will star in your production. And, you have to make the film in 48 hours, start to screening. Well, that is just what Lily Mariye will be doing on August 23 when she shoots a 7 to 8 minute film with www.instantfilms.com and premieres it on Sunday, August 25 at 8:00pm, at the new Los Angeles Film School theater located at 6363 Sunset Blvd. (one block east of Cahuenga)

Instant Films was founded in 2001 by Peter Lebow, Charles Papert, and John Sylvain. The first series was shot in June and is on the web for viewing. The company invites the participants, handles the logistics and sets up the venue to show the films and celebrate the accomplishment. There is always a reception after.

Lily plays Nurse Lily Jarvik on the NBC television series ER. She had guest starred in over 25 television shows. Her film credits include Mighty Joe Young, The Doctor, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, The Shadow, and The New Age. A native of Las Vegas, Nevada, she graduated from UCLA with a BA in Theatre Arts, and performed in local Los Angeles theatre included the West Coast Premiere of Runaways, Cabaret, Into the Woods and Daniel in Babylon (with her ER costar Anthony Edwards).

Lily has written several screenplays, one of which, The Shangri-La Cafe is the basis of her Directing Workshop for Women (DWW 13 project) through the American Film Institute. The Shangri-La Cafe won Best Short Film at Moondance International Film Festival, Best Screenplay at Brussells International Film Festival, and 2nd place in the Best Short Film category at the Nashville International Film Festival. Lily was honored as “Filmmaker of the Year 2000” from the National Organization of Women at their annual conference July 2000.

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SCBrown Public Relations
Press Release
August 22, 2002
Press Contact: SCBrown PR 310/702-5847

Film, Theater and Television Stars To Do Reading for The Shangri-la Café by Writer/Director Lily Mariye
ER Actress Turned Director Gets Help From Friends

Lily Mariye who has announced the start of pre-production for The Shangri-la Café, as a full-length feature for her company nice girls films, will have a staged reading of the script at the theater for Noah Wyle’s Blank Theater Company. Potential investors will be privately invited to hear the participating actors: Julianna Margulies, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Sharif Atkins(ER),Yuji Okumoto (True Believer, Karate Kid II), Yvette Freeman (Working, ER), Shuko Akune (Cruel Intentions 2, Come See The Paradise), Monté Russell (ER), Michael Genovese (ER, The Flash), Alice Vaughn, Dan White, John Apicella, Montana Tsai and J.R. Chan.

The Shangri-la Café, written by Mariye, takes place in her hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada. Set in the 1950¹s, a Japanese American family, who protect themselves from post-World War II racism by passing as Chinese, are forced to segregate their self-run Chinese restaurant for "Whites Only."

On board for the feature film are Julianna Margulies, Anthony Edwards, and Noah Wyle, and as advisory consultants Eriq LaSalle and Jonathan Kaplan (director of “The Accused,” “Brokedown Palace,” and “Love Field” and an ER director/producer). Others include Executive Producer Patricia Ireland, Esq. (former President the National Organization for Women for 10 years), and Producer Michael Huens (Eriq La Salle's "Crazy as Hell"; the Polish Brothers "Jackpot" winner of 2001 Seattle Film Festival for Best Picture, and John Cassavetes Award for Best Picture at the Spirit Awards 2001). Mariye’s husband, saxophonist Boney James, will write original music.

A short film version of The Shangri-la Café won Mariye numerous awards including Best Short Film at Moondance International Film Festival, Best Screenplay at Brussels International Film Festival, and honored her as 'Filmmaker of the Year 2000' from NOW in July 2000. PBS premiered the short film, The Shangri-la Cafe, throughout the country in May.

For information regarding investment opportunities in the feature, "The Shangri-la Cafe," contact Patricia Ireland, c/o Katz, Kutter, Haigler, Alderman, Bryant & Yon, Washington D.C., 202.393.6222. As an actress Lily Mariye is repped by Bauman, Redantry & Shaul, LA, 323.857.6666.

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