Films by Lois Siegel


©Photo by Darren Brown

Lois Siegel's Film
Baseball Girls

TV Network
Oxygen, the new women's TV network in the States,  purchased BASEBALL GIRLS produced by The National Film Board of Canada and directed by Lois Siegel.  The film aired on the network  2000 - 2002. Oxygen is partially owned by Oprah Winfrey.


BASEBALL GIRLS is a documentary feature produced by The National Film Board of Canada (NFB), premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival and is available on video from NFB Distribution and your local library
(ask them to order it for you).



 BASEBALL GIRLS
 women who play softball and baseball


©Photo by Lois Siegel
Michele Granger
Pitcher

 LIP GLOSS female impersonators

 

STUNT PEOPLE

 The whole family gets into the movie stunt business

star1990 Genie Award:
Best Short Documentary
Academy of Canadian
 Cinema and Television

 STUNT FAMILY
a short look at the stunt family

STRANGERS IN TOWN
 an insight into albinism


©Photo by Lois Siegel
Johnny Winter


A 20TH CENTURY CHOCOLATE CAKE
the absurdities of the 20th century


©Photo by Lois Siegel
 FIPSI
is a spunky
80-year-old lady


EXTREME CLOSE-UP
 blind  young adults


 DIALOGUE OF AN ANCIENT FOG
 a man without  qualities

PANCAKE ON A HOT TIN ROOF
a new twist on the detective film


PLASTIC DREAMS
  a zany film with strange characters


ARENA
 stark
black and white photographs of faces have been airbrushed with color


SOLITUDE
dance and
about the nature of the individual in the world as he moves from one space to another, shadowed by structures


FACES
a film composed entirely of photographs


SPECTRUM IN WHITE
  an unusual film of color transformations and optical illusions


PARALYSIS
created by directly filming images produced on an oscilloscope attached to a computer

 


PAINTING WITH LIGHT
images produced by moving light  


BRANDY ALEXANDER
moves through surrealistic space to study the passage of time


Inspired


PIONEERS:
A HALF-CENTURY RETROSPECTIVE

 OF TRANSPLANTATION


A special symposium honouring the dedicated pioneers of transplantation

                          Cinedoc                                 
Paris Films Coop




Two of Lois Siegel's short films
 may be seen Here

Coming Soon
A Special Edition DVD
"Stunt People"


Cover Design
Charles Balekian, Montreal

THE OTTAWA STUDENT AND INDEPENDENT
FILM FESTIVAL 2005

Wednesday, March 9
8:30 p.m.
Alumni Theatre
(Jock Turcotte Building)
University of Ottawa

LIP GLOSS is a documentary introducing a behind-the-scenes look at
female impersonators.
There's something for everyone:
long legs, swivel hips, stuffed girdles, and bouffant hairdos.


Writers: Susan Stranks, Lois Siegel, Ron Allen, Hoda Elatawi

After fifty years of acting, Plummer's star burns brighter than ever.
 In 2002, the legendary actor returns to the Stratford Festival as King Lear
after a career that has spanned film, television and the theatre

A Man for All Stages

GAPC
General Assembly Production Centre

    
The Academic Film Archive of North America

One of the fifteen test sites for the Library of Congress’ new Moving Image Archive (MIC).


Lois, Paulie, Frank and Robin

2002 - A Tribute to Frank Cole
San Jose, California
_______
2001 - Retrospective, Films by Lois Siegel


Northern Stars

Filmmaker Arthur Lipsett


Special Consultant: Lois Siegel

“Remembering Arthur,” was officially selected for the CANADIAN FRONT: NEW FILMS
 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, March 2007, and it was also 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.

MOMA:
 
Remembering Arthur. 2006. Canada. Directed by Martin Lavut.
Arthur Lipsett was a leading Canadian experimental filmmaker whose
 1961 short "Very Nice, Very Nice" remains a seminal work of the avant-garde.
A troubled man, Lipsett committed suicide in 1986. Martin Lavut, who knew Lipsett
 and many of his contemporaries, presents a full-bodied, passionate biography
 of one of cinema's neglected masters.
George Lucas wrote, "No one understood the power of image and sound better than Lipsett." 90 min.

Clips

 

Baseball Girls out on DVD
By Ralph Lucas

 
 

(June 30, 2008 – Toronto, Ontario) -- Anyone who has followed baseball for the past few decades knows there's a special place within its ranks for players who can most easily be described as different. Bill "Spaceman" Lee is one of them. What I didn't know is that Bill Lee came by his major league pitching talent naturally. His aunt is Annabelle Lee, who is one of the people in Lois Siegel's terrific documentary Baseball Girls, which is now available on DVD from the National Film Board.

Siegel is an award-winning, Ottawa-based director, photographer and musician who turned her attention to the role women played in baseball at a time when it seemed like everyone was looking at the sport. Production began in the summer of 1992 and continued over the next two summers. The $700,000 documentary was released by the NFB in 1995. The feature film, A League of Their Own had been released in 1992 and Ken Burns had released his multipart TV series, Baseball, in 1994.

Speaking to Northernstars.ca, Siegel said, "I started research on my film in 1991, before "League" came out. Ken Burns was also working on his film at the same time. There was some footage that he had borrowed from the Northern Indiana Centre for History that I wanted to use. They told me he had it. I called Burns' office and one of the people working there kindly agreed to mail me the 16mm film once they were finished with it if I promised to return it to the society. That was amazing. We both used the footage. It was documentary footage of the All-American Girls Professional League."

But as Siegel is quick to point out, her film isn't strictly about girls. "We covered the history - from the earliest years, including the Bloomer Girls to the Colorado Silver Bullets, a hard-ball team. And we filmed during a reunion of the All-American Girls Professional League. A League of Their Own is based on this league. We also covered children and housewives in amateur leagues."

"Meghan McCready was 7 when we filmed her. She, essentially, opens the film to explain the game and her connection with it. She's wonderful. She was the only girl on her neighborhood all-boys team. Her dad was a film director at the National Film Board of Canada. That's how I discovered her. We were at lunch one day, and I mentioned that I was looking for a young girl to be in my baseball film. He said his daughter played baseball. I met her and she was perfect."

Siegel has kept in touch with some of the people in her film, and kept tabs on many others. "And then there's Julie Croteau who took her high school to court in 1989 when the coach claimed she wasn't good enough to play in their all-male league. She filed a sex discrimination suit against her high school. In 2004 Croteau was selected as a coach for the United States Women's National team, which captured Gold at the 2004 Women's World Cup of Baseball in Edmonton. In 2006, Croteau served as manager of the 2006 Women’s National Team that represented the United States at the Women’s World Cup in Taiwan."

Shot across Canada and in parts of the US, Baseball Girls gave Siegel the chance to meet some of her own interesting people. "In Anaheim, Gene Autry, though holding a controlling interest in the Los Angeles Angels, was in control in name only due to poor health in his advanced years. Autry’s wife Jackie, 20 years his junior, was the decision-maker. We focused on Jackie, but Gene was there too. We were allowed to film during a game. We were stationed at the corner of the 3rd base dugout. Barry Perles, cameraman, wore a bicycle helmet for protection. I can't remember if I did or if my soundman, Hans Ooms did. We had to constantly dodge foul balls. Very dangerous. I have one of the balls as a souvenir." That's Siegel in the pink cap on location during the making of Baseball Girls.

She also got to meet Bill "Spaceman" Lee who told her about what his aunt, Annabelle "Lefty" Lee, had contributed to his success. Lee said of his aunt, "She taught me how to throw a curveball and screwball. She kind of refined my pitches," reports Siegel. "We filmed him and we filmed Annabelle at the reunion of the All-American Girls Professional League."

Baseball Girls uses animation, archival stills and live-action footage to document the history of women's participation in the largely male-dominated world of baseball and softball. In its review of the film, Eye Magazine wrote, "Smart, strong and snappy, much like its subjects."

You can order Baseball Girls online from the NFB.
 
 
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