MEET OUR FILM TEAM
Jill Orschel, Director/Producer/Cinematographer
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. 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.
J.R. Hardman, Producer
J.R. Hardman is a filmmaker, documentarian, educator, and Civil War "reenactress." She is currently directing her first feature-length documentary, Reenactress, about women in American Civil War reenactment who cross-dress to portray soldiers commemorating the real women who fought in the Civil War disguised as men. She is also thrilled to be joining the Snowland team as producer.
Hardman previously served as Operations Manager for Sundance Institute Artist Programs in Park City, Utah, where she managed event logistics and on-site execution for public sessions, community screenings, and intensives for artists and audiences throughout the United States and abroad. She also served as Senior Tour Manager for Campus MovieFest (CMF), the world's largest student film festival, as Director of the CMF Cannes Program, and as Technical Director for Camp Flix, a filmmaking summer camp for students ages 11-17. Hardman has produced several short documentaries and fiction films including "Muslims in Love," which premiered at the 2009 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, "The Coach," which screened as part of the 2011 Arnold Sports Film Festival, and “Touching,” which was featured in several festivals including the 25th Anniversary Outfest: Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival. She graduated from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles with a B.A. in Cinema/Television Production and Spanish.
Susan Metzger, Editor
An Atlanta native, Susan Metzger graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts with an MFA in Film Production, establishing herself as a film editor, director, and producer. Her most recent documentary editing credit, MANZANAR, DIVERTED: WHEN WATER BECOMES DUST, premiered in competition at the 2021 Big Sky Film Festival. Other feature editing credits include THANK YOU FOR COMING (2017 Los Angeles Film Festival Premiere) and RIGHT FOOTED (2015). She edited the PBS films CITY RISING - THE INFORMAL ECONOMY, and MOTHER x ARTIST, which both won 2019 LA Press Club Journalism awards and were nominated for Emmy awards. Susan has edited short content ranging from the documentary MAGDALENA + MICHAEL, about an artist couple in their 80’s, to all things Goop, (did you know you can brine your own lemons?) Whether it’s cheeky environmental webisodes for Darryl Hannah, industrial promos for UC Irvine Health, interviews with golf caddies in Scotland, or an experimental film about a poet in grief, Susan brings wit and grace to these stories. Susan’s directorial debut, the short film THE RED ACE COLA PROJECT was honored by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. She produced and edited the feature film, DEMOCRACY AT WORK, premiering in LA at Laemmle NOHO. Susan currently lives in a tiny but happy house in Culver City with her husband, two daughters, and one cat.
Kathleen Stone, Fundraising/Marketing Assistant
Claire Wiley, Additional Cinematography/Editing