Biography


©Photo by Paul Jean


LOIS SIEGEL is a filmmaker, casting director, writer, photographer, professor and musician. She lives in Ottawa, Canada.
Siegel was named one of the Capital City's Top 50: People who are shaping the future of the National Capital, by Ottawa Life Magazine, 2002.


©Photo by Paul Jean
Canada Day 2013
Hair by Joseph Saikaley
Byblos Hair Salon
Ottawa

star

Siegel has been recognized as Notable Alumni by Ohio University USA under the category Arts and Entertainment Work is widely recognizable by broad audience OR has achieved national/international distinction;

http://www.ohioalumni.org/arts-and-entertainment

* Lois Siegel, BSJ , MA , 1990 Genie Award recipient for Best Short Documentary (Film: Stunt People), Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television



Lois Siegel is on the Executive Board of the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Association, and The National Press Club of Canada Foundation.  She is an advisor for the World Arts Film Festival, Jacksonville, Florida.

Siegel worked as a photographer for the Ottawa Citizen covering Around Town and Diplomatica 2006-2011. She currently works for Diplomat Magazine and Healthwise Magazine.

Siegel attended the World Arts Film Fest in Jacksonville, Florida 2013 and 2014. She led animation 'Drawing on Film' workshops with students from Douglas Anderson High School of the Arts, Montessori, and various groups of autistic children. She also participated in a panel of women filmmakers, 2013.
 
Siegel returned to Jacksonville, February 2014 to work with the Grasp program. Four schools participated - four classes of kids who are dyslexic.  They created Public Service Announcements and from their ideas, Lois created film scripts. All the students were the actors. The cameraman was from Baltimore, Maryland and the acting coaches were from St. Augustine, Florida. There was also a production assistant from Jacksonville. This project was in conjunction with the World Arts Film Festival.  The Grasp project culminates at the World Arts Film Festival May 15-17, 2014 when all four schools (110 students) meet each other for the first time, show their films and share their experiences

Siegel was one of the judges for the Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA), Annual Digital Competition, 2012. She was one of nine photographers chosen to shoot the Rolling Stones concert 2005.

She represents musicians through Siegel Entertainment

www.siegelentertainment.com

 

Award-Winning Children’s Television

February 20, 2013, Lois Siegel appeared in the taping of "The Prime Radicals," a children’s educational television series on TVOntario. Lois acted as a movie director in a sequence opposite 19-year-old Alanna Bale who plays Alanna in the production. The Prime Radicals demonstrates how math can be applied in everyday contexts. It features two cousins, Alanna and Kevin, who help their Uncle Norm solve his weekly workshop problems with the help of an expert and a mathematical solution. This new live-action series for kids aged 6-8 is compelling and entertaining – never didactic – and uses humorous, hands-on, real-world scenarios to make numbers cool for kids, based on the math curriculum for young learners.  Filming took place at GAPC Entertainment in Ottawa.   http://www.gapcentertainment.com/
Siegel appears in Episode #13, 2013

She completed a screenplay for the short film “What My Grandma Means to Say” about Alzheimer’s 2012


Photo by Jackie Newell
Hair by Byblos Salon

Siegel worked as a Casting Director on the short animated/live-action film "Move," directed by John Graham,
and her photographs of “Stars” toured across Canada in Vistek photography stores.

Siegel was nominated Part-Time Professor of the Year, University of Ottawa by the Department of Communication, 2011.

Siegel was Unit Publicist and Set Photographer on the dark comedy, feature film “Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal, shot in the Ottawa/Gatineau region. Quiet Revolution Pictures, Majika Pictures and Fridthjof Films are producing the film: Ottawa, Quebec, Denmark. Michael Dobbin is the producer in Ottawa.

  
Official Photographer Canadian Association of Journalists
Awards Gala
&
Bon Appetit
2013
Photo by Lois Siegel


Photo by Lois Siegel

Canadian companies representatives recognized by Lockheed Martin for their participation in the F-35 program. Left to right: Peter Timeo, Dan Snyder, Michael Cybulski, Larry Glenesk, Tom Elias, Claude Baril, Jean Gravel, Gabe Batstone, Steve O'Bryan (Lockheed Martin), Kevin Russell, Mike Dorricott, Mark Van Rooij, Dave Mitchell, Doug Dubowski, Randy Joe, Scott McCrady (CNW Group/Lockheed Martin).


Siegel shot food photos for a textbook, "Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Foundations," for Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute published by Delmar Cengage Learning

Food Photography


©Photo by Lois Siegel
Lighting by
Victor Turco

She completed the course International Social Protocol, Social & Dining Etiquette Course taught by Margaret and Larry Dickenson, Carleton University, 2012.

Siegel was a guest speaker at St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, North Carolina, where she showed her films and spoke at the Writer’s Forum. Siegel was presented with the twenty-fourth Annual Ethel N. Fortner Writer and Community Award by St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College September 24, 2009.  The Ethel N. Fortner Writer and Community Awards were institute in 1986 to Honor a Friend of Writers and Frequent Contributor to the St. Andrews Review.

Fortner Writers’ Forum has met every Thursday for 40 years. Past presenters at the forum include such distinguished guests as Designer Buckminster Fuller, Journalist Tom Wolfe, Musician John Cage, Poets Robert Creeley, Robert Bly and James Dickey, novelist John Barth, Literary Critic Leslie Fielders, and Village Voice Poetry Editor Joel Oppenheimer.

She was invited by Her Excellency Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, to participate in her “Art Matters” initiative on the Arts and Society at Rideau Hall, 2006.

Siegel works as a freelance photographer for The Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Business Journal, and Diplomat Magazine. She also photographs and writes for The Glebe Report, and The Centretown Buzz.

Ottawa Chinatown Royal Arch


©Photo by Lois Siegel
July 2010


©Photo by Mike Levin
2010
 

Ottawa Chamber Music Festival
July 24, - August 7, 2010


Festival Video
Photos by Bill Blackstone and Lois Siegel
Produced by Lois Siegel
Johann Sebastian Bach
James Ehnes, Violin

She worked as researcher, location scout, and stills photographer on “Gambling Boys,”
a film for CBC's “The Passionate Eye” about teens and Internet gambling.


Gambling Boys

Documentary to air on The Passionate Eye
CBC News Network
Monday, March 1, 2010
10 p.m. ET/PT

 

Gambling Boys, a documentary produced by EyeSteelFilm,
delves in to the world of teen gambling, a world that offers excitement,
the potent allure of making big money, and as many are discovering,
the potential for serious addiction problems. 

 

With the barrage of marketing campaigns, television coverage of poker tournaments,
and easy access to online gaming, it is no surprise that teens are increasingly affected. 
Experts are finding that the rate of problem gamblers among young people
is two to four times higher than for adults. 

 

Gambling Boys features three youths ranging in age from 14 to 20 years old.
 

These teens share their experiences with the thrill of gambling
and the tragic consequences when the betting gets out of control.

 

Gambling Boys, directed and written by Laura Turek,
offers a poignant and lively picture of teens’ fascination with gambling
and the harsh consequences of getting hooked.
The film was produced by Sally Bochner and Tamara Lynch,  
and executive producers Mila Aung Thwin and Daniel Cross. 

___________________

Her band Celtic North performed New Year's Eve 2007 at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Grand Hall, Gatineau, Quebec for the 150th Anniversary of the City of Ottawa being named the Capital by Queen Victoria: The Grand Finale, and at SuperEx 2008.

Siegel's film STUNT PEOPLE (featuring four generations of the Fournier family) won a 1990 Genie Award: Best Short Documentary from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.


Lois Siegel
Canadian Women's Open
Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club

Photo by Ron Levine
Prisoners of Age

She was one of the judges for the 2007 Excel Awards International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), recognizing the most creative and innovative communications professionals in the National Capital Region.

She was Casting Director for the docu-drama “Family Motel,” a co-production between Instinct Films, Montreal, and The National Film Board of Canada, 2006. The film is a sympathetic look at what happens to families when, in spite of all their efforts, the rent is too high, and their salaries are too low. It premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival, August 2007. Awards: Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois; Alex and Ruth Dworkin Prize for a Film that Promotes Tolerance; Screening: Museum of Modern Art, NYC, March 2008.


©Photo by Lois Siegel

Siegel worked as a photographer on the set for Don Winkler’s documentary film “Les Violons du Roy: Ode to a Requiem” (Mozart) in Montreal, that premiered recently on CBC’s “Opening Night” series, 2007 and was nominated for two Gemini Awards: Best Performing Arts Program or Arts Documentary and Best Direction in the same category, for achievement in English-language television production.  The film was recently nominated for two Gémeaux awards for excellent in French-language television production.

Her photographs are displayed on the Saatchi Gallery, London, England, website.
You can view her work here:

Saatchi Gallery
Wikipedia


Cover Photo by Lois Siegel
St. Andrew's Review
North Carolina, USA
November 2006

She is listed in "Who's Who in Canadian Film and Television" and is a member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Siegel appeared in 2006 as a guest speaker (film) at Douglas Anderson High School of the Arts, Jacksonville, Florida. Douglas Anderson is an award-winning institution on Florida’s North Atlantic coast. 

She was chosen as one of nine photographers to shoot The Rolling Stones concert in Ottawa 2005.


©Photo by Steve Coleman
for The Weekly Journal

The Rolling Stones
World Tour
August
The Press Conference
The Concert

Siegel won 1st Prize “Photography” at the 23rd Annual ArtEast Art & Photo Exhibition, Orleans, Ontario (2004) for her portrait of “The Crowd” trumpeter Adam Bell.


©Photo by Lois Siegel

In previous years she won 2nd place, (1999) for her portrait of Irish Actor Stephen Rea



©Photo by Lois Siegel

and 3rd place (2002) for her portrait of Italian Actress Sophia Loren.


©Photo by Lois Siegel

Her photography appeared in Mayworks: Ottawa’s first Visual Artists Directory, and her film set photos appeared in “On Screen: In Praise of Older Women” (Bravo Television) directed by Tristan Orchard.

She teaches Video Production  at the University of Ottawa.  In the past, she taught "Calling the Shots" video and animation workshops in the Ottawa public schools in conjunction with Salamander Theatre and MASC. Siegel taught Film Production at Concordia University and English, Film Animation, Modern Cinema and Documentary Film at John Abbott College, Montreal. She also taught Documentary Film at the Canadian Screen Training Centre, Ottawa, and various Film Animation and Documentary Film Workshops, Ottawa. She also taught  "Musical Instruments and Creativity" at Heritage College, Hull, Quebec and a Documentary Film Workshop at  IFCO, Independent Filmmakers Cooperative of Ottawa. She was a mentor at Carleton University, Department of the Humanities: Photography.

Three of her former students work in Hollywood. Steve Campanelli was camera and Steadicam operator on the Oscar-winning film “Million Dollar Baby” (Clint Eastwood), Glen MacPherson was cinematographer on “Exit Wounds” and "16 Blocks," " Rambo" and "Final Destination 4," Steve Surjik directed Wayne’s World 2. As well, Barry Julian, comedian/writer for The Colbert Report, was on the writing team that won an Emmy Award 2008: "Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special.


©Photo by Paul Jean

She worked with Public Pictures, Toronto as Special Consultant on "Remembering Arthur," a documentary about filmmaker Arthur Lipsett.  "Remembering Arthur," was chosen for the CANADIAN FRONT: NEW FILMS at the Museum of Modern Art , New York City, March 2007, and it was selected as
 "FILM: BEST of 2006" by ARTFORUM Magazine, December 2006 by Barbara London, Associate Curator of Media at the Museum of Modern Art , New York City.


Clips

Oxygen, the women's TV network in the States, aired Siegel's documentary film BASEBALL GIRLS on the network  2000 - 2002. Oxygen is partially owned by Oprah Winfrey.


DVD Now Available

"Baseball Girls" is now available online - National Film Board of Canada

Baseball Girls
Directed by Lois Siegel

34890mkt_ecenjd 

  • List Price: $19.95

Forget everything you think you know about baseball.
From the early days of the Bloomer Girls to today's Colorado Silver Bullets,
"Baseball Girls"
features something new and different about women who love the sport.

From 7-year-olds playing baseball, learning the rules of the game,
to 60-year-olds  playing slo-pitch softball,
BASEBALL GIRLS explores the private and professional lives of women obsessed with the sport they love.
  Using animation, archival stills and live-action footage, this zany and affectionate feature documentary
details the history of women's participation in the largely male-dominated world of baseball and softball.

"Smart, strong and snappy, much like its subjects." Eye Magazine


©Photo by Lois Siegel

Pelham Sportaculars
Fairfax, Virginia
 National Capital Senior Softball Classic, Runner-Up, Women's Division
 Representing Canada

ID NO.

153C9195112

Duration:

80 min 45 s

Produced by Silva Basmajian


Canadian residents can order directly from the NFB or call 1-800-267-7710.
In the U.S. call 1-800-542-2164.

The film is also available through the Ottawa Public Library, Canada.

Siegel's "Star" photographs have appeared in "The Villager" and "Downtown Express," NYC.
She was a photographer for the Colours of Africa Film Festival, Ottawa, 2003, and  her photos were featured in "Hollywood North: Creating the Canadian Motion Picture Industry" by Michael Spencer with Suzan Ayscough, Cantos Books, Montreal; Great Canadian Film Directors, edited by George Melnyk, University of Albert Press, Edmonton; and Public Speaking by Sherry Devereaux Ferguson, Oxford University Press, New York/Oxford.


Photo by Chuck Calve
Lois wearing an American Apparel shirt
Courtesy of Dov Charney

 
Her photos appear on fiddlers Alexis MacIsaac’s new CD “Inspired,”
Troy MacGillivray's "Eleven"


©Photo by Lois Siegel
Troy MacGillivray

and Shane Cook's "Sundry."


©Photo by Lois Siegel
Shane Cook

Her photograph of Dizzy Gillespie appeared on the CD, “Salt Peanuts,” Justin Time Records Inc., Montreal.



She worked as a ‘writer’ on the CBC "Life and Times" -
Portrait of Christopher Plummer, A Man of All Stages,”produced by GAPC Entertainment, Ottawa, 2002.

Siegel was the recipient of the 1998 Arts Award in the category of Outstanding Artistic Achievement from the Gloucester Arts Board, Gloucester, Ontario.


©Photo by Darren Brown


A two-day retrospective of Siegel’s films was shown at The Academic Film Archive of North America, San Jose, California, 2001, and STUNT PEOPLE, SOLITUDE, and FACES were shown in 2002.

Siegel assisted Jack Horwitz, The National Film Board of Canada, during "Animart," a series of animation workshops at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, October, 1999. She also conducted a Flip Book workshop during the event.

Siegel  worked as entertainment director, photographer, writer and video director for Projections Multimedia Inc. during the 17th World Congress of the Transplantation Society (Montreal).  In 2000, she completed a 56-minute corporate video:  A HALF-CENTURY RETROSPECTIVE OF TRANSPLANTATION.

 


She was  Location Manager for the Ottawa shooting of the CBC-TV Series pilot “COVER ME,” Screen Ventures XXXIV, in conjunction with Alliance/Atlantis, Toronto.

Siegel was educated in the United States: Bachelor of Science Journalism with Honors in English and Masters of Arts in English and Comparative Literature, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. As a student she was included in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and won several William Randolph Hearst and College Newspaper Association Awards.

Her films have been presented at the First and Second International Festival of Women's Films, N.Y.; The Whitney Museum: New American Filmmakers Series, N.Y.


Her most recent film, BASEBALL GIRLS (women who play softball and baseball), a documentary feature produced by The National Film Board of Canada, won the “Targa Citta’ Di Palermo” at the International Sports Film Festival in Palermo, Italy. BASEBALL GIRLS also won an award for “Film Documentary” at the 1996 Athens (Ohio) International Film and Video Festival and a Bronze Apple Award from The National Education Media Network, 1998.



©Photo by Lois Siegel
Michele Granger
Pitcher


It played at the Athlete’s Village in Atlanta during the 1996 Olympics  and on the Women’s Television Network in Canada. BASEBALL GIRLS has also appeared on PBS stations in the States, as well as on
the Women’s Television Network and TV New Brunswick in Canada.   It was selected as One of the Best Documentaries in Canadian Cinema for 1996 by “Take One” film magazine: Toronto Film Critics’ Poll.

Siegel's other documentary films include LIP GLOSS (female impersonators),
broadcast on the Bravo Channel, and  STRANGERS IN TOWN (albinism).

STUNT PEOPLE appeared on Bravo as part of their "Drive-in Classics" series.


Photo by Tatiana Slepukhin-Zamachnaia

LOIS SIEGEL was Casting Director of


By Woman's Hand, directed by Pepita Ferrari, about young Montreal women artists




TRAIN OF DREAMS


a docu-drama: young offenders, directed by John Smith

The film won Special Jury Prize at the Chicago International Film Festival in 1987 and was nominated for 4 Genie Awards in 1988. It also won the Best Actor (Jason St. Amour) award at the Paris Film Festival in 1989.
 

 TOMMY TRICKER AND THE STAMP TRAVELLER



YouTube


Director
Michael Rubbo




Anthony Rogers as Tommy


Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright sings I'm Runnin at 12


Paul Popowich

VINCENT AND ME (Emmy Award, Best Children's Special, Disney Channel, 1992), directed by Michael Rubbo



and PRINCES IN EXILE (cancer camp for kids), directed by Giles Walker. 

She worked on the casting of Cynthia Scott's THE COMPANY OF STRANGERS, HOCKEY DREAMS (Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto), and  classical music videos for Rhombus Media, Inc., Toronto: PROKOFIEV BY TWO (3 Gemini Awards 1991-1992), FALLA, and BOLERO featuring The Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

Siegel cast the Sri Lankans in The National Film Board's "Welcome to Canada," directed by John N. Smith.

      Trailer


©Photo by Tom Robertson

She received the Guide-Scout Volunteer for Youth Award (Industry/Business Category) in Quebec, 1994, and she was nominated twice for the Quebec YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, 1995, 1996.

Eighty-two of her photographs (film directors, actors) were displayed in Complexe Desjardins during the 20th Anniversary of the Montreal World Film Festival, 1996, and 120 of her photos were displayed at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2002. Seventy-two of her photographs appeared in a solo show “The Arts” at the Shenkman Arts Centre, 2015.

Siegel has been a Mentor for the Department of the Humanities, Carleton University, Ottawa.   She was a member of the City of Ottawa Arts Advisory Committee, the Media Arts Advisory Sub-Committee and Saw Video's Digital Media Committee. Siegel was on the Advisory Board of The Independent Filmmakers Cooperative (IFCO) of Ottawa. She was a jury member on the 1999 Cultural Assistance Programme: Arts and Heritage Division,  Film and Video, City of Ottawa, as well as as on the 2003 Office of Cultural Affairs Local Arts Funding Program jury, City of Ottawa.  She also wrote and photographed for FPS (Frames Per Second): The Magazine of Animation.  Her articles appear on "Film Fanatics," an Internet web page she has created.


©Photo by Tom Robertson

She is the Official Photographer for The Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship, Ottawa and the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame Awards She is a member and photographer for the Friends of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and is the Official Photographer for WaterCan special events and Feast of Fields. She was Honorary Photographer for the 2005, 2006 Arts Ottawa East "Luncheon for the Arts. She also photographed for the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.




 

 

 


Siegel plays fiddle/violin, spoons, dancing marionettes on a plank, and the Ugly Stick. Her company: Siegel Entertainment represents a variety of musicians, including her bands: The Lyon Street Celtic Band, Celtic North, Fiddle Chicks, and Sens Unique (French Canadian Music).
She has performed with Divertimento Orchestra and created a photo website for them. Siegel previously played fiddle with the Ottawa Fiddle Ensemble,  and Siamsa: The Irish Music School, Montreal and violin with The Early Music Ensemble of Carleton University,  St. Claude Strings,  The Canadian Chamber Fiddle Ensemble, aka Attacca Subito, Ottawa. She was also on the Advisory Board of the Impressions in Jazz Orchestra, and on the advisory committee for Algonquin College’s Documentary Production Program and the advisory board for John P. Kelly's Irish Theatre Company SevenThirty Productions, Ottawa.

Siegel is a member of ArtEast, and a member/photographer of Friends of the National Arts Centre Orchestra.


Photo by Diana Rose
Lois wearing an American Apparel shirt
Courtesy of Dov Charney


Lois Siegel's Home Page