Meryl O’Connor is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker. Her feature documentaries and fiction shorts have screened in museums and festivals internationally, including in the Cannes Cinefondation program in 2012. Her latest feature script, The Waiting Dead was a finalist for both the Sundance Screenwriting Lab and American Zoetrope’s screenwriting competition. She received her MFA in film production from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television and currently works as a Visiting Assistant Professor of film at Fairfield University as well as being a freelance editor with projects screening at DOC NYC, New Orleans Film Festival and the Vancouver Int. Film Festival.
Before shifting into film, she studied art at NYU as well as Yale’s Norfolk painting program and worked as an art director in the music industry, with clients ranging from The White Stripes to Janelle Monáe. Her background in art and design informs her visually stylized and idiosyncratic approach to the stories she tells.