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.
Fun facts about Jill:
She was a 35mm projectionist for 20 years with Park City’s first and only art house cinema, Park City Film.
Jill is the founder and director of the annual Filmmakers Showcase, now in its 15th year. She collaborates with established filmmakers, as well as mentors and highlights the work of emerging new talent throughout Utah.
Jill is a member of Park City Singers.
She considers raising her two sons her greatest work in progress.