TAGGART SIEGEL, DIRECTOR
For 30 years, Taggart Siegel has produced and directed award winning documentaries that present vital perspectives rarely seen in mainstream media. QUEEN THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? (2010) received critical-acclaim during its theatrical and broadcast release and garnered over 10 international awards. REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN (2006, PBS Independent Lens) tells the story of a maverick visionary farmer. Winner of 31 international film festivals awards it was broadcast worldwide and theatrically released worldwide. Siegel is also known for his PBS films, including ITVS Independent Lens SPLIT HORN: Life of a Hmong Shaman in America, (2001) and Chicago Emmy-Nominated BETWEEN TWO WORLDS (1984) about a Hmong Shaman documented over 15 years. BLUE COLLAR AND BUDDHA (1989) captures the struggles of Laotian Buddhist refugees. HEART BROKEN IN HALF (1991) is a film about Chicago gangs. Additionally, he is the director of feature length fiction film SHADOW OF THE PEPPER TREE and BODY MEMORIES (1994). Siegel was the producer and cinematographer for the National Geographic film DISENCHANTED FOREST about orangutans in Borneo, narrated by Brooke Shields. He recently completed a short documentary about Tibetan spiritual teacher Lady Palmo with the Dalai Lama. He is the Executive Director of Collective Eye Films, a non-profit media production and distribution organization based in Portland, Oregon.
JON BETZ, DIRECTOR
Jon Betz is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker. He was the producer and editor for the multi-award winning QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? critically- acclaimed during it’s U.S. theatrical release and heralded by The New York Times as “Revelatory! A Critic’s Pick” His previous film, MEMORIZE YOU SAW IT, is an intimate autobiographical documentary journaling his time as an aid worker living with former-child soldiers in Eastern Uganda. Betz recently co-directed a short documentary about Tibetan spiritual teacher Lady Palmo with the Dalai Lama. Betz’s films strive to dig deeply into spiritual, emotional and ethical issues and bring pressing social and environmental issues to the screen. Betz is a graduate from Rhode Island School of Design. He is the Director of Collective Eye, Inc. a non-profit media production and distribution organization based in Portland, Oregon.
MARISA TOMEI, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Marisa Tomei is an Academy-Award winning American stage, film, and television actress. She came to prominence in 1992 with MY COUSIN VINNY, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She received Academy Award nominations for her performances in IN THE BEDROOM and THE WRESTLER. Tomei is actively dedicated to humanitarian causes including VDay, a global event to raise awareness about violence against women and girls. She recently hosted “reclaim REAL food” in Hollywood to bring attention to the quality of healthy food and the importance of labeling our food. After seeing the filmmaker’s QUEEN OF THE SUN, Marisa Tomei came on as Executive Producer for SEED: The Untold Story. Their passions are aligned to create an entertaining and gripping film about the future of our seeds.
MARC TURTLETAUB, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Marc Turtletaub has served as a producer on numerous independent films including the Academy Award-winning LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE. Recent releases include Sam Mendes’ AWAY WE GO, starring Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski, Christine Jeffs’ SUNSHINE CLEANING starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt and John Crowley’s IS ANYBODY THERE? starring Michael Caine. Turtletaub has also produced Liev Schrieber’s EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED. Other producing credits include JACK GOES BOATING, LAWS OF ATTRACTION, THE HONEYMOONERS, and a documentary called LUCKY by Jeffrey Blitz.
PHIL FAIRCLOUGH, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Phil Fairclough was intimately involved as executive producer and producer on several of Werner Herzog’s documentaries including the acclaimed Grizzly Man, the Oscar nominated Encounters At The End Of The World and most recently the 3D film Cave of Forgotten Dreams.
Phil was a network executive at Discovery Channel, EVP of Development and Production for NHNZ. Before working at Discovery, Phil held senior positions at the BBC and ITV – and had extensive production experience in the UK, in- cluding the acclaimed BBC Natural History Unit where he was an executive producer and head of the commercial production unit.