I was introduced to Meg while doing the Indies Unite for Joshua fundraiser. She spread the word of the campaign to her filmmaking community and offered tremendous support in all the ways that counted.
Her projects are as visually stunning as she is, and I’m thrilled to shine a light on both her and her work.
She’s an award-winning filmmaker, writer, director, humanitarian, and a woman with great taste in shoes.
Please welcome the beautiful and vibrant, Meg Pinsonneault.
* * * *
Learn all about Meg’s Projects
Thirsty Girl Films
* * * *
Inside Meg’s Mind
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Wow, Eden. Starting off strong! What a tough question. Like most other ambitious people, I think my idea of happiness is directly tied to my career. However, there are a great many things that make me happy and I miss having time away from my computer to indulge. I think I’ll achieve perfect happiness when I can finally say “I’m here.” Then, I’ll relax and finally take an actual vacation!
What turns you on creatively? With my filmmaking, I’m inspired by unique stories that try something new and do it well. Same goes for visuals. I’m always on the look out for films that are stylistic and push the bounds of this art form. In life, I’m inspired by those who help this world become a better place. I love a good underdog and I’m always inspired by people who overcame great odds to achieve incredible goals.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Negate. Furthermore. Dude.
What quality do you most admire in a man? Dedication.
What quality do you most admire in a woman? Dedication. (Clearly an important trait for me.)
What is your greatest regret? Not spending enough time with my grandfather before he passed away.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Saying things I shouldn’t out of anger.
What is your greatest fear? Not succeeding in leaving my mark on this world.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I wish I could be a professional snowboarder or an astronaut or a frontman in a punk rock band. I know. All very realistic options!
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? Some type of flying bird. The ability to fly would be outstanding!
What do you consider your greatest achievement? For as long as I can remember, my interest in film has always sat on the narrative side of the moviemaking process. So naturally, I never imagined myself as a documentary filmmaker until I came across Faces of Tomorrow, a non-profit organization that provides free facial reconstructive surgeries for children in developing countries. Through FOT, I met the most incredible Filipino family and felt impassioned to tell their remarkable story. So two trips to the Philippines, an intense crowdfunding campaign, and an IndieWire nomination later, I’m almost finished editing Gwapa (Beautiful), a feature length documentary about a poor Filipino family and their wonderful journey to help their three kids with facial deformities. During the making the film, we fell head-over-heels in love with the Bulabos family and I’m even the Godmother of their youngest child, Harold. We also became aware of the family’s daily struggles that went far beyond just reconstructive facial surgeries. Teodoro Bulabos is a fisherman by trade, but his old boat and tiny hand net don’t allow him to catch enough fish to sustain his family’s livelihood. He and his wife, Violetta, pray everyday for a motorized fishing boat that would allow him to travel further, catch bigger fish, and make more than $1-2 a day. So we reached out to about 25 different companies and on Christmas Day, we got the best present ever. We partnered up with Rayomar Outreach Foundation, the social impact branch of Filipino boat distributor, Rayomarine, to donate a brand new motorized fishing boat or “banka” with supplies to Teodoro and his family. It even says “Gwapa Film” on one side in big red letters. The day we presented the banka to the Bulabos family was one of the happiest moments of my life so far. It was a tremendous reward to use my talents as a filmmaker for good and I was honored to help my new found Filipino family achieve a better future. http://www.gwapafilm.com
[Eden] The trailer and story are both incredible and brought tears to my eyes, Meg. You deserve all the awards you get.
Needless to say, this experience was so moving that we even started our own non profit organization called The Gwapa Project, dedicated to assisting communities in need around the globe in creative and sustainable ways while also helping to promote the local organizations that serve these areas. The Gwapa Project may be in its infancy, but we started off with a BANG! We were selected as a finalist for the “Flights. Camera. Action” contest, winning AAdvantage points courtesy of American Airlines and Startup America Partnership. In February 2013, we plan to travel to Nicaragua to work with The Barrio Planta Project, an amazing organization dedicated to community development and art education in San Juan del Sur. We are so excited to collaborate with BPP on our first official project as an organization! http://www.gwapaproject.org
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Arrogance.
What is your greatest extravagance? I have a serious travel bug. It’s an expensive, but necessary indulgence!
What is one thing you want to do before you die? Go to outer space. It might happen.
What are your favorite movies? This is always a tough question to answer, but here’s a list of my favorite films: The Big Lebowski, The Goonies, Edward Scissorhands, Pan’s Labrynith, Pulp Fiction, Wall-E, Tommy Boy, Big Fish, Science of Sleep, Koyannisqatsi, V for Vendetta, Beetlejuice, The Orphanage, Wristcutters, Christmas Vacation, Riding Giants, Coraline, Be Kind Rewind, Shawshank Redemption, Up, True Romance, Take Shelter, Run Lola Run, Ghostbusters, How to Train A Dragon, Natural Born Killers, Super Troopers, The Corpse Bride, Hugo, From Dust To Glory… Yeah, I could keep going but I’ll spare you.
What are some of your favorite curse words? I swear like sailor, so they’re fair game for me. I like say the F word a lot. It gets me in trouble sometimes.
What is your motto? Stay young. Stay wild. Stay inspired. And never stop dreaming.
Thank you Meg for sharing of yourself with my readers, loved your inspiring and thoughtful answers.
Readers, please connect to Meg—an amazing woman to know.
* * * *