Maggie Renzi has been John Sayles’ creative partner since 1978 and she has produced nearly all of his movies. She has also acted in many of them. Renzi and Sayles were students together at Williams College in the early 1970s, and have been together since 1973.
Before becoming a full-time producer Renzi had worked as a bookstore clerk, a pediatric receptionist, a substitute teacher, a casting assistant, a talent agent’s assistant, and for two years as a salad chef in Southern California. She began her acting career as a child at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, where she continued to perform into her twenties.
Renzi began her professional association with Sayles when she played a leading role in his first film, The Return of the Secaucus 7, where she was also Unit Manager and Assistant Editor.
For John Sayles, Maggie Renzi produced Lianna, The Brother from Another Planet, Matewan, City of Hope, Passion Fish, The Secret of Roan Inish, Lone Star, Men With Guns, Limbo, Sunshine State, Silver City, Honeydripper, and Amigo. She produced many of these films with either Sarah Green or Peggy Rajski.
Renzi produced Karyn Kusama’s Girlfight and is Executive Producer with Sayles on Alejandro Springall’s movie, entitled Morirse Esta en Hebreu / My Mexican Shivah. She also produced three music videos for Bruce Springsteen: “Born in the USA”, “I’m on Fire”, and “Glory Days”.