Daisy von Scherler Mayer
In the 1990s Daisy von Scherler Mayer was best known for frothy comedies chock full of eccentricity. Her breakthrough feature, Party Girl (1995), centered around a charming and nocturnal social butterfly, played by indie darling Parker Posey. Von Scherler Mayer got her show business start as an assistant on the Sidney Lumet comedy Family Business (1989). Then she struck out on her own, directing and co-writing Party Girl which starred a then-unknown Posey and was made on a relatively shoestring budget. The film earned critical acclaim and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was the first full-length feature to be transmitted in its entirety over the internet.
Von Scherler Mayer’s films varied widely over the next decade between the urban romance-comedy Woo (1998), the Bollywood-Hollywood fusion-musical The Guru (2002), and the family friendly Madeline (1998), with all three sharing an appreciation for eccentric characters and situations. After The Guru, von Scherler Mayer entered a period in which she worked exclusively in television as a director of made-for-TV movies and episodes of series. She has worked on a number of popular and critically acclaimed shows, including Mad Men and Nurse Jackie.