Trans Circus

Iggy is a transgender circus performer.

Created by Meghan Vigeant in the Salt Summer Intensive 2016 at Maine College of Art.

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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

Untouchable Love (multimedia)

Untouchable Love

A Romeo & Juliette Story : Intercaste Marriage in Nepal

an excerpt from the multi-media documentary Untouchable Love by Meghan Vigeant

Nisha, a young high caste Nepali woman, elopes with her true love, Raj, an “untouchable” or dalit from a low caste. Her family is horrified and goes to extreme lengths to stop the union, from coercion, to abuse, and finally kidnapping. Despite her new “untouchable” status, Nisha finds a whole new level of freedom.

2012, multimedia, total running time of full piece: 20 min, Producer/Director

This video is an excerpt from a larger multimedia presentation with live elements.

Dynamic Woman (multimedia)

Dynamic Woman: A Tribute to Shirley Hamilton

A tribute to our teacher, Shirley Hamilton, as she embarks on her retirement.

 

This piece was created as a tribute from the New Ventures business class to their teacher, Shirley Hamilton.

A Legacy Preserves Production by Meghan Vigeant

2013, multimedia documentary, total running time: 8:17, video editor & producer

Swan’s Island Childhood (multimedia)

Swan’s Island Childhood

Swan’s Islanders share their childhood memories of growing up on the island.

Featuring: EVA WHEATON, SPENCER JOYCE, DONALD STAPLES, BERNITA JOYCE, GWEN MAY, THEO MAY, EDWARD WHEATON, CLINT STAPLES, MYRON “SONNY” SPRAGUE, MARGUERITE STAPLES, ALBERT BUSWELL, NORMAN BURNS, MARION STINSON, LAVERNE CRAIG, SHARON BUTTERFIELD.

This video is part of the Swan’s Island Memory Project and was created for the Swan’s Island History in their efforts to build a new historical collection as their original collection was lost in a fire.

Interviews were conducted by Meghan Vigeant in 2009 and 2010. Music credit: Merry Mariners. Video Credit: The Robert Joyce Family video provided by Harlan Lunt. Permission use given by Bonnie Joyce Staples. Video produced and edited by Meghan Vigeant, 2010

2010, video documentary, total running time: 4:04, video producer, editor, oral historian

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 Legend of Clyde Torrey (multimedia)

The Legend of Clyde Torrey

There are many memorable Swan’s Islanders who have passed on, but none so legendary as Clyde Torrey. Clyde was a farmer and a musician and a friend. He was eccentric and often did things differently. He died in 1974. Sonny Sprague remembers Clyde’s music and his friendship.

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: 4:18, producer, editor & oral historian

Joyce Family Musicians (multimedia)

Joyce Family Musicians

Making music and fishing are probably the longest Swan’s Island traditions. Robert and Roberta Joyce and their children made music in their home. Everyone played some kind of instrument. They were their own band. Like many islanders, they provided their own entertainment.  Two Joyce sisters, Sharon and LaVerne, tell this story together, remembering their musical family.

LaVerne (Joyce) Craig and Sharon (Joyce) Butterfield were interviewed by Meghan Vigeant on July 24, 2010 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 multimedia 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: 2:27, audio & video producer, editor, oral historian