WILD Profile: Patrick McGuinn’s Joie de Vivre

Who: Patrick McGuinn
Where: New York City
What: Indie filmmaker, musician and avid bike rider. Also, the son of legendary Byrds lead singer Roger McGuinn

Patrick McGuinn profile for The WILD magazine
Photo by Frank Franca

What’s on your mind today?
Sunny Weather — I do love it. And my new film needs it!

What are you currently working on?
A lovely motion picture, about a mountain man in the woods who reconnects with his childhood friend from the city.

What do you think there is too much of, and too little of?
There are too many automobiles! And there is too little love and respect.

With whom would you like most to go on a “ tête à tête”? 
I’d like to go back in time, about 2012 years ago, and have dinner with Jesus — the day BEFORE His Last Supper.

What does good energy mean to you? 
When people are friendly, and they are non-judgmental, open and kind, there is certainly a good energy emanating from them.

With whom would you like to run a country?
I think I could run the American Country very well, with an American Country Singer. Dolly Parton would be at the top of my list.  I think she’d actually do it, too.

What would you do if you were the president? 
I would try to make the USA more like The Netherlands and Sweden.

What is your most striking moment?
The night I was punched in the face. OUCH!

What’s your earliest memory?  
I was sitting on a little swing-set in my backyard, in the Hollywood Hills. I was almost four years old. A Doe (a female deer) came down the hill, and gently nibbled on a fallen avocado, from one of the two large avocado trees in this magical back yard, overlooking all of Los Angeles, back in the late 1960’s!

What do you consider a fashion “faux-pas”?
White T-shirts that have stains on them.

What cracks you up?
Usually almost anything… Life is a comedy!

What kind of movement would you like to start? 
Nudist. What’s the point of clothes, except at the North Pole?

Who represents your « artistic » family?
I enjoy the collaborations of many wonderful, talented people. Young and old, but sadly, mostly poor. Why are artists always struggling? My idols are, Ricky Wilson, Russ Meyer, Radley Metzger and my father, Roger McGuinn.

With whom would you like to grow old?
James Dean

What would you like to leave to future generation? 
My films are my legacy, I suppose. Whether they matter to a future generation is to be decided.

What is your Wild Wish? 
Unlimited Resources and Good Health for Everyone


For more on Patrick’s work, visit here and follow him on Twitter @SUROH33

Read about his new project “Leather” on the film’s website 

text by: Diego Martínez

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