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MEET OUR FILM TEAM

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Jill Orschel, Director / Producer / Cinematographer

Jill Orschel is an award-winning filmmaker whose projects give voice to women from the rural Mountain West and other underrepresented communities. Her breakout documentary short about a mother of twelve within an infamous polygamist sect, Sister Wife, premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, won a special jury award at SXSW, and went on to screen and win awards at festivals internationally. Jill’s non-fiction work has also premiered at DOC NYC, IDFA, Aspen Shortfest, Rooftop and other top tier and regional festivals. Jill earned a masters degree in film studies from the University of Utah, and a broadcast journalism degree from Colorado State University, and continues to evolve her media-making practices through organizations like the Sundance Institute, the Flaherty Seminar and Creative Capital. Jill is a proud member of the International Documentary Association as well as Film Fatales. She founded and directed the annual Filmmakers Showcase for fifteen years, in partnership with Park City Film, highlighting new work by emerging and established filmmakers throughout the state. Snowland is Jill’s debut feature length project. She started filming Cora’s journey from Short Creek to Salt Lake City, then back, starting in 2013.

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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 and won the Special Jury Award for Editing at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Other feature documentary editing credits include Thank You for Coming, Right Footed, and Democracy at Work. She edited the PBS films City Rising - The Informal Economy and Mother X Artist, which were nominated for Emmy awards. Susan was an assistant editor at the Sundance Documentary Edit & Story Lab in 2007 and 2008. Her mentor, the editor Kate Amend, thought Susan would be an ideal lead editor on Snowland, and she has been cutting footage and shaping the story since early 2021.

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Connor Cook, Composer / Musician

Connor Cook is a film composer and musician living in Los Angeles. She grew up in North Carolina, playing bluegrass and Irish music. Connor plays button and piano accordion, mandolin, banjo, DADGAD guitar, and piano. She received her BM in Music Theory and Composition from Appalachian State University and a MFA in Music Composition for the Screen from Columbia College Chicago. Connor is a 2020 Sundance Film Music in Animation Fellow, as well as a 2021 Sundance Interdisciplinary Program Art of Practice Fellow. She was a mentee in the inaugural 2019 Alliance for Women Film Composers Mentorship Program studying under Miriam Cutler.

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Bridey Bush, Animator

Park City, Utah artist Bridey Bush creates enchanting stop-motion animations using frame-by-frame techniques and a variety of collage materials on her animation table that includes photos, sketches, drawings, fabric and flora. She is a student at The Everygreen State College in Olympia, WA. 

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Joanne Feinberg, Co-Producer

Joanne Feinberg brings over 30 years of film production experience, and decades of thoughtful film viewing, to her work as an award-winning producer, editor, consultant and film programmer. She served as Director of Programming at the Ashland Independent Film Festival in Oregon for 11 years and was instrumental in creating this nationally recognized and highly respected top regional festival admired by industry, filmmakers, and audiences alike. In 2022, she was the Senior Programmer at the Jewish Film Institute/San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. In 2020 and 2021, Joanne served as the Guest Director of Programming at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, MT. She has programmed for Mountainfilm in Telluride, CO, and serves on many juries and selection committees including the Cinema Eye Honors. She graduated with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a combined degree in Cinema Studies and Film & TV Production. Joanne joined Snowland’s producing team in 2016, offering networking and business guidance.

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J.R. Hardman

Producer / Project Manager for crowdfunding campaign

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Jayne Moyes

Marketing / Logistics Coordinator for fundraising campaign

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Kathleen Stone

Fundraising / Marketing Assistant

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Claire Wiley

Video / Photography / Editing

for fundraising campaign

Advisors: 

 

  • Kate Amend, Creative Advisor

  • Miriam Cutler, Music Advisor

  • Karen Everett, Story Consultant

  • Aaron Kopp, Animation Advisor

  • Mary Kerr, Consulting Producer

  • Diana Witten, Grant Writing Consultant

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