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(2002)
52:00 mins.

 
The Disenchanted Forest is an intimate portrayal of the world of orangutans, the threats to their survival and the people committed to help them thrive. But it is even more than that, we focus on the recent discovery that orangutans do not rely on animal instinct for survival, but instead have a culture that they preserve from generation to generation.

Director/produce/sound/writer


 
Licensed to National Geographic International and National Geographic US Channels, France 5, ARTE France, Discovery Canada and Fuji TV.

Narrated by Brooke Shields. Nat hist documentary on the culture and rehabiitation of ex-captive orangutans.

FESTIVALS AND AWARDS:
Finalist Marion Zentz Best Newcomer Award, Jackson Hole Film Festival 2001, International Wildlife Film Festival Finalist Award, Commendation 2002 Genesis Awards, Merit Award for Educational Value, Merit Award for Production Value, Missoula Montana, 2002. 2nd Place in the EarthVision 2001 Environmental Film & Video competition. Merit Award Columbus, Ohio, Los Angeles. Cinematography Award, Festival du Cinéma de Bruxelles 2004. 2nd Best Primate Film (professional category) International Primatological Society, August 2008. Trailer was a finalist in the Missoula Montana Wildlife Film Festival & Angelciti Int’l Film Festival. Screened at Minding Animals conference, Newcastle Australia 2009, “Thinking Wi th Animals” conference, Max Planck Institute, Berlin 2001, American Natural History Museum of New York, Smithsonian Institute and is the official film for BOS-USA. Image EcoVision Festival, Palermo, 2006. Tales of Planet Earth, Madison, Wisconsin 2007.
(2010)
8:30 mins.

Producer/director/ writer Co-Production with the University of Wisconsin.

Invited to the Silverdocs Ace Documentary Grant.
Trailer for proposed documentary film project.

“Exiles and Outlaws” tells a story of two cultures, one elephant and one human, that once lived in harmony but are now locked in head to head conflict.

 

(2002)
56:40 mins.

 
Synopsis: A family gripped by cultural transformation as ancient Hmong traditions collide with American lifestyles

ITVS and NAATA (now CAAM) funding for PBS. Award of Excellence, Society for Visual Anthropology Film & Video, Emmy Nominated, Slamdance Audience Award 2005, Nashville Film Festival Special Award, Wisconsin Film Festival Jury Award and Audience Award. IDA Docuweek. Chicago International Documentary Festival Audience Award, Best Feature. San Francisco Intl Film Festival Grand Jury Award Best Bay Area Doc.
35mm fiction film

(1997)
(12.25 mins)


CAST:
JOE BELLAN
ALYSOUN QUINBY
MEREDITH ZINNER
JON PRUTOW
PAMELA MARSH
Synopsis
The Beloved (12.25mins) is the story of an elderly fruit seller who catches a young woman stealing. He drags her into the backroom where his wife has lain like the priestess of some ancient religion, for forty years in her wedding gown. She has neither moved nor spoken nor eaten but he believes his love has kept her warm. Ivy winds up the bedposts and eggs incubate under the covers with newly hatched chicks. The lonely fruit seller reveals the romantic tragic tale of their unfortunate wedding night. Based on a film by Leonora Carrington, Surrealist painter and writer.

AWARDS:
JVC award, Best Screenplay, Portobello Film Festival 2002. Silver Award, ‘Best short film adaptation’, World Fest Flagstaff. Tales of Planet Earth 2007, Madison Wisconsin.

Destroying Angel SD from Sarita Siegel on Vimeo.
super 16mm fiction film

(1995)
(11.40 mins)


CAST:
SOPHIA HAWTHORNE
TONY BLACKETT
IAN WATKIN
RALPH JOHNSON
JONATHON DENSEM
 
A period drama shot in New Zealand. Fantasy and reality mingle in a suspenseful fairytale. A Young woman who goes into a subliminal world to escape an arranged marriage. Here she finds the courage to take her destiny into her own hands.

AWARDS:
Certificate of Merit- Chicago International Festival.
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