Checking in with Meghan Eckman


 What are you working on right now?
I am doing corporate videos, I am working on my next film project and I am preparing the European festival launch for The Parking Lot Movie. The new film project? All I can say is that it involves unicorns.

As the director of The Parking Lot Movie, Meghan Eckman has received national acclaim. The film, which is about attendants at the Corner Parking Lot, makes its television debut October 19 as part of PBS’s “Independent Lens” series.

What’s your first artistic memory?
My first artistic memory would be when I kicked out the windshield of my Mom’s van when they were taking me to be confirmed, in eighth grade.

Locally, who would you like to collaborate with?
I want to continue collaborating with my current collaborator, Christopher Hlad. He sees the world in quite an original way. He’s a poet and a DJ and we work really well together.

If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who and why?
I would like to have dinner in a castle filled with candles with both Werner Herzog and David Lynch. I would like to drink honey mead out of big chalices.

What’s your blind date dealbreaker?
If you don’t offer to pay. That’s definitely a dealbreaker.

What’s your favorite building?
My favorite building would have to be Monticello. I went there recently on my friend’s 40th birthday and we walked around the grounds and played in the gardens.

Tell us about a piece of art that you wish was in your private collection?
I want all of the ArtInPlace sculptures in my backyard.

Item you’d splurge on?
I would need to buy a white golf cart and drive around wearing a white fur coat.

What music are you listening to right now?
I’m really into Danzig of the Misfits. I’m particularly fond of his album Danzig 4. Also Nirvana, their album Nevermind. Kurt Cobain, when they were writing that, wanted it to sound like pared-down children’s stories. I’m really into that concept.

Favorite artist outside your medium?
I already said, I must admit, it would be Danzig for creating the album Danzig 4. It’s a great album.

What would you do if you knew that you couldn’t fail?
I would become an astronaut, because that way I could fly in outer space. My sister always wanted to be an astronaut, and since we have great rivalry I could do what she wasn’t able to do. I’d be up in outer space thinking about how I succeeded in her goals and she was still on Earth.