Meryl O’Connor was born in a small town in the wilds of Alaska. She has since traveled extensively, working in a variety of jobs ranging from a clown in Los Angeles to an art director at Warner Music in NYC to a muralist in Chiapas to a bike messenger in India. She received her BFA in studio art from NYU in 2004. Upon graduation, she started an art collective with friends in Brooklyn that focused on interactive projects seeking to create spontaneous communities through art and adventure.
Her passion for art making through collaboration and storytelling eventually led her into film making. She graduated from UCLA’s MFA film production program in 2012 and has since made several feature length award-winning documentaries as well as fiction shorts that have screened internationally. Her documentaries focus on issues of environmental sustainability, as well as cross-cultural exchange and community development, with the goal of fostering open dialogue to promote empathy across multiple backgrounds and perspectives. She is currently working as an editor on the feature documentary, Pigeon Kings, as well as teaching at Fairfield University.