Meryl O’Connor received her MFA from UCLA’s film production program in 2012 where she received awards from the Hollywood Foreign Press, the Streisand Sony Fellowship, and the Mary Pickford Documentary Foundation. She has since made several feature length documentaries as well as fiction shorts that have screened internationally, including in the Cannes Cinefondation program in 2012. Her latest feature script, “The Waiting Dead” was a finalist in last year’s Sundance Screenwriting Lab.
Before getting into film, she studied visual art at NYU as well as Yale’s Norfolk painting program. She continued to develop her visual aesthetic working as an art director in the music industry for clients ranging from The White Stripes to Janelle Monae. Her background in art and the music industry informs her visually stylized and idiosyncratic approach to the stories she tells.
She hails from a small town in the wilds of Alaska, but currently resides in Brooklyn, working as a freelance editor and Visiting Assistant Professor of Film at Fairfield University.