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Margo Pelletier directing on the set of THIRSTY
Margo Pelletier directing on the set of THIRSTY

Margo Pelletier, a filmmaker from Hudson, New York, died on November 27 from cancer.  She is known for exploring themes of gender, identity and politics in her films.

Margo Pelletier’s latest film Thirsty, which screened at the 2016 Woodstock Film Festival is described as a “A Post-Queer Musical Film” about a talented singer and performer, Scott who grows up to be revered drag queen, Thirsty Burlington, who delights club goers in Provincetown with her spot-on impersonation of Cher.

The official Facebook page for Thirsty acknowledged her passing with a tribute, “We are deeply saddened to report that Margo Pelletier, the brilliant visionary director of Thirsty, has passed away after a long, valiant battle with cancer. In telling Scott Townsend’s story, Margo was telling her own story, as she grew from a misunderstood tomboy to a politically and artistically passionate adult – one who appreciated both the dangers and joys of gender identity. We’re smiling through our tears that Margo was able to see her vision realized. Despite the odds against her, Margo was able to accompany the film from it’s first sneak preview in Provincetown to it’s premieres in New York, London, Woodstock and Orlando. The early reviews of the film coupled with the audience reactions energized Margo and kept her going until she could go no more. Margo will live on, not only in the films she made with her wife and producing partner, Lisa Thomas, but in the memories of all those who knew, loved and admired her. We will miss you Margo. You saw things in a way that was uniquely your own and were without a doubt ahead of your time.”

In her bio, on Thin Edge Films,  Margo is the Director/Co-Writer for the upcoming musical feature “Thirsty”. She was the Co-Producer/Director and Editor for the award winning, feature documentary “Freeing Silvia Baraldini”(2009). From 2006-2011, Margo was the editor for avant-garde filmmaker, Barry Gerson. Mr. Gerson’s film “The Universe”, screened at the 2009 New York Film Festival. Margo produced and directed “Cast To The Wind”(2007), a short film contrasting Zimbabwe’s winning of Independence from British Rhodesia with current day statistics revealing Zimbabwe’s downfall. She also produced and directed the short, “Out Of Service”(2003), which was screened at the Hudson County Short Film Festival. Margo produced two live programs for the LGBT Center in NYC: “Celibacy, Our Choice or Not?” in 1996 and “Post Queer, Building A Brave New World” in 1997. Before working in film, Margo spent twenty years as an award winning fine artist showing her work in the galleries and museums in the greater New York area. Margo’s fine art is in the collections of the Library of Congress, The Elizabeth Foundation and The Bob Blackburn Printmaking Workshop and has been published in Art in America, Sculpture and ArtNews. Margo received her BFA from the Cooper Union School of Science and Art in NYC. She attended the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard and the Institute of Audio Research studying sound. In 2000, Margo attended IFU, the first International Frauen Universitat (Women’s University) in Hamburg, Germany in the Information division studying global communications.

Margo is survived by her wife Lisa Thomas, and her four siblings Joan Ellen Pelletier, Renee Egan, Daryl Cerone and John Pelltier and her cat Zorro.

Image credit: Margo Pelletier directing on the set of THIRSTY via Facebook

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