My dear dear friend Margaret Lauzon passed away a couple of weeks ago. We had worked together on LAAFF and Music Video Asheville; and we hung out a lot talked about music, film, asheville, dogs, health, careers, men… you name it. She was always an inspiration to me in so many ways, and still is. Margaret is a true friend and I will always remember her dearly. She is already so missed by all that knew her… LOVE! Please visit her YouTube Channel and Check out some of her films http://www.youtube.com/user/meglauzon.
Also, please feel free to leave a comment and share your story of Margaret 🙂 She truly did bring a lot of people together, some of whom are just now starting to get to know each other…
Several of Meg’s friends including Jessica Thomasin, Jenny Greer, Michelle Moog, Christina Aurea, David Bragg, Steve Wilmans, Woody Wood, Ryan Grant, Jake Frankel amongst others got together in person, over the phone and via email to plan an Asheville memorial service for her. We asked a local writer and friend of Margaret’s, Rebecca Sulock, to help us write something up special to remember her. I know Rebecca had a difficult time with the writing of this, but it is absolutely beautiful and much appreciated!!!
In Loving Memory of Margaret Lauzon 1975-2010
“Just cause you’re not present, doesn’t mean you’re not here.”
Margaret wrote that in a November 2008 blog.
Margaret Lauzon isn’t present here for her 35th birthday, on September 18th, 2010, but she’s surely still here: Laughing until the furniture falls over (as Dan Ingenthron put it), surprising passersby with the fart machine on downtown streets (as Jessica Tomasin recounts), dancing in a giant afro wig as Butterfly Jones. Radiating a 100-watt smile. Her spirit and flair and passion are too strong to not be here. To borrow from e.e. cummings, we carry her heart in our hearts.
She’s remembered not just as a passionate, driven woman with incredible talent, and not just as a woman who made things happen — a woman who was “assertive but eloquent,” according to her friend Erin Scholze. The girl worked hard.
She’ll be remembered as a clever wit, an effervescent, talkative spirit and a gal who had her own way of talking about the world. Her way happened to be wicked sharp and cracked people up.
“She was one of the funniest people I’ve ever met in my life,” says Tomasin.
She’ll be remembered, too, through the many projects she spearheaded: “Many were purely out of love for her work,” notes Jake Frankel, who watched Meg put in tireless effort on a short film for Toubab Krewe. She drove by herself to Florida and Chapel Hill, just to get the footage she needed for the project. The project had its share of challenges, and Margaret tackled and beat every one: The film turned out to be incredible.
Lauzon had been working on a documentary on the Asheville music scene for years called “My Life Rocks”. She lives in the hours of band footage she shot, in the Studio South sessions with local musicians, in the side-splitting “Tear of the Beest” and in the other work that she produced with Villasonica.
She’d also been filming pieces on her experience with cancer. She chronicled doctors and treatments, and worked to make use of that struggle, even while it weakened her. That’s how tough she was, and how industrious. And even in sickness, Margaret had the strength to be a support to others who were struggling.
And through it all, she still laughed.
Her laughter doesn’t stop, just because she’s not present. She’s still here, and always will be. A spirit that strong doesn’t fade.
“She inspired me so much,” says Scholze, and that’s true of a whole lot of people.
We are hosting memorial service and Meg’s 35th Birthday Throwdown for her friends and family this Saturday at the API studio of Echo Mountain. Here are some of the details:
Margaret Lauzon was a unique spirit. She was passionate about local music and film: She worked with events and musicians through her Villasonica production company, she helped found Music Video Asheville, she served on the LAAFF music committee for several years, her Studio South productions captured local musicians in action, and she was working on a full-length documentary on the Asheville music scene. She helped produce one of the best films to ever come out of Asheville’s 48 Hour Film Project: Tear of the Beest. That’s just to list a few.
Lauzon died recently after a two-year bout with cancer. On Saturday, people will gather at Echo Mountain’s API studio to celebrate her life. It’s open to the public — there were lots of people in town who she worked with, who she filmed, who she advocated for and who she made laugh. A lot. Woody Wood, Jenny Greer and others will play music at the event, and some of Lauzon’s films will be shown.
The Margaret Lauzon Memorial & Birthday Throwdown will be Saturday, Sept. 18, at Echo Mountain API studio (second floor), 175 Patton Avenue. 5-9 p.m. Info at 232-4314 ext. 300. Here’s a link to the event on Facebook. Here is a link to her obituary.