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Jill Orschel combines a passion for film, and a deep connection with her documentary participants, to create nonfiction work that has screened at Sundance, SXSW, DOC NYC, film festivals abroad, and more. Jill is currently directing and producing the feature length documentary, Snowland, about a former child bride in a secretive polygamist sect who escapes her dark past by creating a fantasy world she calls "Snowland."


Jill and her team are in post-production and working toward

completing this independently-produced film. Thank you to every

generous supporter who has helped us get closer to the finish line!




Join our effort to bring Snowland to the world.

Contribute $75 or more and we'll include you in the film's end credits!

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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
Featuring the internationally-celebrated
Lisa Needham and Rich Wyman
Emmy award-winning 16mm short
My documentaries offer intimate portraits of people as they are discovering themselves in challenging environments. I connect with the participants in my films which means taking the time to build trust and finding ways to collaborate. Then I convey that exploration and journey into the story and style.
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 nonfiction form. Jill has an undergraduate degree in journalism as well as a masters degree 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.
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