This blog will tell the story of how the film came to be and document the progress of Maggie's efforts to put together a creative team, raise funds, shoot and edit the film, and get it out into the world. Right now we're at the fundraising part of our story, but to keep you entertained while we gain additional backers and watch the pledge amount inch ever closer to our goal (see the sidebar!), I'm going to tell you the story of how it all got started. But first, let's meet Maggie.
|Photo by Kimerlee Curyl|
Maggie grew up in a small town in Western Colorado, where she was encouraged by her family to pursue her love of writing, songwriting and acting. She studied theater and dance at the University of Utah, then headed to New York City where she began performing both on Broadway and off. Maggie traveled the country appearing in regional theaters from Alaska to Florida and spent a year as Dr. Taylor Baldwin on As the World Turns before spending nine months on the road touring in The Heidi Chronicles. In 1991, at the end of her tour, Maggie moved to Los Angeles where she began acting in television and film and married Patrick O'Connell, a fellow actor who she had met while performing in Alaska.
Their son Finneas was born in 1997 and a daughter, Billie, followed four years later. Maggie and Patrick decided on homeschooling when their son was still young, mainly in order to spend as much time as possible with him, and they've never regretted that decision. They are part of a vibrant and ever-growing homeschooling community in Los Angeles--one that provides friendship, support, fun, and more.
|Finneas, Billie, Maggie, Pepper, and Patrick|