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Jill Orschel combines a passion for film and empathy for her subjects to create documentaries that have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, DOC NYC, SXSW, and more. She’s currently in post-production on her first feature-length documentary, Snowland. The film tells the story of Cora Lee Witt, a woman from a strict polygamous sect who finds freedom and belief in herself through her art.

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Thanks to supporters across the world, Snowland just finished its first round of crowdfunding.

This funding will cover the first cut, but we still have a long way to go.

 

SUPPORT NOW to help bring Cora’s story to the world!

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Screened at DOC NYC, TEDx and was a finalist at the Ashland Independent Film Festival
Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival
and was a Jury Award-winner at SXSW
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Award-winning 16mm short
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Featuring the internationally-celebrated PARK88
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Emmy award-winning 16mm short
My documentaries offer complex portraits of people as they are discovering their role in challenging environments. I immerse with my film subjects and take the time to develop relationships built on trust, and then convey that intimacy in style and story.
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Jill Orschel’s home has been the mountains of Park City, Utah, for over 30 years. A self-taught photographer since middle school, with a passion for movies even earlier, Jill’s filmmaking journey began in earnest while capturing still images for Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute starting in the mid-90’s when independent cinema was exploding. Her dedication to artful and original storytelling expanded into a calling for the non-fiction form. Jill earned an undergraduate degree in journalism as well as a MFA in film studies, and her award-winning short documentaries have screened at international film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, DOC NYC and IDFA (International Documentary Festival Amsterdam). Jill is currently in post-production on her first feature length project, Snowland.