Guest Blog Post by Cynthia Lopez, owner of Marigold Video

Hello, my name is Cynthia Lopez, and I would like to introduce you to Marigold Video, my video production company located in McMinnville, Oregon.

I work primarily (but not entirely) with documentary storytelling because I believe real life is far more amazing than any story you can invent. I work with small business owners, nonprofit organizations, and institutions. I love helping people put their visions and stories into a format that can be shared with the world.

I work collaboratively on each project to help my clients bring in more customers and/or supporters, educate about their mission, vision, and services, and build community. One of my favorite projects was creating a 6-part web series that helped to brand one of my clients, educate people about her work and offerings, and call in several customers. Other favorite projects include a documentary series on aging for Portland State University, and a video celebrating a nonprofit’s volunteers.

I made my first film on Super 8 at age eleven in a llama pasture –costumes made of bed sheets and pancake makeup were involved – and soon thereafter began documenting the world around me with tools such as a cassette tape recorder and my parents’ VHS camera. I started a career as a researcher and oral historian but found that the medium of film was more suited to my desire to create visual narratives – and a heck of a lot more fun! In addition to creating work for clients, I produce documentaries and continue to love oral history.

I am inspired by nature, comedians, and a variety of arts, crafts, and the people who make them. Some of my favorite filmmakers are Agnes Varda, Jane Campion, Jim Jarmusch, and Taika Waititi.

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

-Anais Nin

Part of creating a video is entering the limelight and being seen. It can be both exciting and scary unless you are already experienced and comfortable with stepping in front of a camera. I understand the hesitation and I am great at working with people who are new to being on camera.

I offer a free 30-minute consult to talk about video ideas big & small. I also love brainstorming and empowering others to make their own videos. I encourage you to reach out to schedule a conversation!


Cynthia Lopez has a background that is both artistic and academic.  After working toward a career as a qualitative researcher and oral historian while painting and making films as a hobby, she realized that she could use both her research and visual art backgrounds to make documentary films for herself and others. Cynthia owns and operates Marigold Video and Eleusis Films. She lives in McMinnville with her dog Noel and attempts to improve her gardening skills each year.