Maggie Renzi

Producer, Actor, Casting assistant
This producer and performer has worked most frequently with her live-in partner, director/writer John Sayles, but she and her producing partners have collaborated on other projects as well. Renzi had worked as a salad ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1946

Filmography

Producer (15)

Amigo 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

My Mexican Shivah 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Honeydripper 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Silver City 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sunshine State 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Girlfight 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Limbo 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Men With Guns 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lone Star 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Secret of Roan Inish 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Passion Fish 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

City of Hope 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Matewan 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Brother From Another Planet 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lianna 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (9)

Men With Guns 1998 (Movie)

Tourist by Pool (Actor)

Passion Fish 1992 (Movie)

Louise (Actor)

City of Hope 1991 (Movie)

Connie (Actor)

Eight Men Out 1988 (Movie)

Rose Cicotte (Actor)

Matewan 1987 (Movie)

Rosaria (Actor)

Swing Shift 1984 (Movie)

1st Interviewer (Actor)

The Brother From Another Planet 1984 (Movie)

Noreen (Actor)

Lianna 1983 (Movie)

Sheila (Actor)

The Return of the Secaucus Seven 1980 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)
Production Management (4)

Limbo 1999 (Movie)

(Unit Production Manager)

The Brother From Another Planet 1984 (Movie)

(Unit Manager)

Lianna 1983 (Movie)

(Unit Manager)

The Return of the Secaucus Seven 1980 (Movie)

(Unit Manager)
Editor (1)

The Return of the Secaucus Seven 1980 (Movie)

(Assistant Editor)
Other (1)

True Love 1989 (Movie)

assistance (Assistant)

Biography

This producer and performer has worked most frequently with her live-in partner, director/writer John Sayles, but she and her producing partners have collaborated on other projects as well. Renzi had worked as a salad chef and a casting assistant in New York when she met Sayles in 1974; the two first worked together on the director's "The Return of the Secaucus Seven" (1980). Renzi not only played one of the roles, but was also unit manager and assistant editor on the film.

Renzi worked her way up to unit manager and co-producer (with Jeffrey Nelson) on Sayles' 1982 gay-themed drama "Lianna", and worked without him for the first time in a small role in the Goldie Hawn vehicle "Swing Shift" (1984), directed by Jonathan Demme. She had a larger role in--and co-produced, with Peggy Rajski--Sayles' sci-fi adventure, "The Brother from Another Planet" (also 1984). She and Rajski co-produced Sayles' drama about a 1920s coal miner's strike, "Matewan" (1987). Rajski, Sayles and Renzi tried their hand on shorter forms in the mid-1980s, producing three successful Bruce Springsteen music videos, "Born in the USA", "I'm on Fire" and "Glory Days".

Back in features, Renzi acted in the 1988 baseball drama "Eight Men Out" (Rajski co-produced, and director Sayles also portrayed writer Ring Lardner). In 1990, she switched producing partners, teaming up with Sarah Green to form their own production company. Their first collaboration was "City of Hope" (1991), the Sayles-directed drama about Italian/Americans in New Jersey (Renzi also had a small role: "Never produce anything you don't act in", she bluntly laughed once). She, Green and Sayles filled their usual positions with "Passion Fish" (a 1992 drama about a paralyzed actress played by Mary McDonnell and her nurse portrayed by Alfre Woodard). She brought the idea for 1995's critically-acclaimed "The Secret of Roan Inish" to Sayles. Based on a novella by Rosalie K. Fry, it is a drama about an Irish girl and her interest in the Celtic legend of the half-human/half-seal Selkies. Renzi also produced "Lone Star" (1996), a Sayles-directed western mystery.

Relationships

John Sayles Actor

Companion
born in 1950 together since 1974 worked together on numerous films

Milestones

1990

Formed partnership with producer Sarah Green

1984

First film without Sayles (as performer), "Swing Shift"

1982

Debut as co-producer on "Lianna"

1980

Debut as unit manager, assistant editor and performer in John Sayles' "The Return of the Secaucus Seven"

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