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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. 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."
We are in post-production and close to finishing our rough cut thanks to many of our generous supporters. BE A PART OF THE ART and help get Snowland completed in 2023.
Anyone who contributes $75 or more will be included in our end credits!
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
Award-winning 16mm short
Featuring the internationally-celebrated PARK88
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.
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.
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