Demo Reel

Meghan Vigeant’s Demo Reel

Meghan Vigeant is a multimedia storyteller, audio producer, and writer. Here is a two minute look at four of her works:
1. Untouchable Love (multimedia), a story about intercaste marriage in Nepal, 2012
2. Last Member of the Band (multimedia), Swan’s Island Memory Project, 2010 & 2014
3. Fishy Business (multimedia), Working Waterfront, 2012
4. Is That My Imagination? (audio), Third Coast, 2008

Last Member of the Band (multimedia)

Last Member of the Band

Marion Stinson learned to play the piano at a very young age, just 4 years old. She plays by ear and has her own unique style. She went on to play with the band for the dances at the Swan’s Island Odd Fellow’s Hall during the 1940s and 1950s. Marion still tickles the ivories with her own flair these days.

Marion (Turner) Stinson (b. 1933) was interviewed by Meghan Vigeant on November 30, 2009 for the Swan’s Island Memory Project, a community history project started after a fire destroyed the Swan’s Island Historical Society collection in 2008.  The audio piece was played first at a presentation of “Swan’s Islanders at Play” in July 2010, and has aired on WERU. The video was produced for a presentation at Island Institute in August 2014 on the Musical History of Swan’s Island.

2014, multimedia documentary & 2010, audio documentary, total running time: 1:58, audio & video producer, editor, oral historian

Record Hop Romance (multimedia)

Swan’s Islander, Gwen May, remembers her days of poodle skirts, romance, rock n’ roll, and record hops.

 “The older boys, if you got a chance to dance with them your heart would pound and pitter patter all over the place- or mine did, ‘cause I was a silly, silly teenager.” – Gwen May

 

This piece was produced as an audio piece as part of the Swan’s Island Memory Project, a series of audio documentaries based on oral histories of residents of Swan’s Island, Maine.  It appeared in a presentation of “Swan’s Islanders at Play” in July 2010, and has aired on WERU. The Swan’s Island Memory project was created to rebuild the island’s connection to history in the wake of losing their historical collection to a fire in 2008. It was created as a multimedia piece by Meghan Vigeant in 2014 for a presentation of a Musical History of Swan’s Island at the Island Institute.

2014, multimedia documentary & 2010, audio documentary, total running time: 2:51, producer, editor & oral historian

The Last Thread (audio)

The Last Thread [excerpt]

2 min 30 sec

Deidre Scherer is a Vermont artist who uses fabric and thread to create portraits of people during their final days on earth.

This piece was created for AARP’s Primetime Postscript radio program and can be hear in entirety here.

For more information about Deidre Scherer’s unusual and beautiful artwork go to her website.

2009, audio documentary, total running time 4:24, final format: mp3, independent producer

The Bird with the Healer’s Gift (audio)

Steve and his bird, Thai, have a special relationship. More than just a pet or companion, Thai helps Steve to deal with depression and panic attacks. But Thai has helped others too, she even warned Steve when his mother was in danger.

This piece was produced for the Vermont Story Preserves, a collection of audio documentaries about food, farms and people. Fourteen stories were collected for this project at the Middlebury Farmer’s Market by Meghan Vigeant in 2009.

2009, audio documentary total running time: 2:26 min

Green Grocer Lover (audio)

Chef Elcin Oflaz grew up in Istanbul, Turkey and as a little girl she dreamed of one day marrying a green grocer. Now she makes and sells delicious and healthy raw foods for the Middlebury Farmer’s markets. Try one of her chocolate truffles, amazing! But don’t forget to eat some veggies too.

This piece was produced for the Vermont Story Preserves, a collection of audio documentaries about food, farms and people. Fourteen stories were collected for this project at the Middlebury Farmer’s Market by Meghan Vigeant in 2009.

2009, audio documentary total running time: 2:26 min

Is that My Imagination? (audio)

3 min

A sonic experience inside the mind of a woman with bipolar, a mind on strike.

Is That My Imagination? was presented by Meghan Vigeant at the opening session of the 2008 Third Coast Conference – the 2008 TCF ShortDocs: Radio Ephemera. Radio Ephemera challenged radio producers to create a short audio work inspired by two books from the Prelinger Library in San Francisco, and featuring the voice of a stranger. This piece was inspired by the books Control of Body and Mind and The Big Strike. Voices featured are Alyssum D’Aoust, my friend, as well as archival audio of Mario Savio, an activist leader of the 1960s Berkeley Free Speech Movement, and Tom Wootton, author of The Bipolar Advantage.

2008, audio documentary, total running time: 3:00, final format: mp3, independent producer

Pink (audio)

Pink

2 min 25 sec

Some love it; some hate it. Pink is a color that has dictated our culture and identities. In this audio art collage five people tell their story of reclaiming the color pink.

Pink was created for the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and has aired on TCF’s Re:sound, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, and the Saltcast. Listen to the full version of Pink on PRX.

2006, audio documentary, original total running time: 5:13, final format: mp3, student audio producer

Waiting for Jarod (audio)

Marjorie Richard keeps company with a life-size, cardboard cut out of her son as she waits for his return from the war in Iraq. (photo by Kristin Braga Wright)

Waiting for Jarod was created for the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and has aired on Maine Public Broadcasting Network, WBEZ, KFAI, and the Saltcast Podcast.

2006, audio documentary, total running time: 7:00 min

Feeding the Children of El Salvador (audio)

https://soundsecrets.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/feeding-the-children-of-el-salvador-noreen-crawford-remembers-her-service-in-th-peace-corps.mp3 15 min, 14 sec

Noreen Crawford knew she had only a few months left to live. She wanted to leave something important behind. So she found an old tape recorder and talked to it for almost 8 hours. She told the story of her years in the Peace Corps in El Salvador during the 1960’s. There she worked with malnourished children.

This piece was commissioned by Patty Sue Salvador, Noreen’s friend, for a class reunion in September, 2012.