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THE LAST SHAMAN
Directed By: Taggart Siegel and Birthanie Thao
Produced By: Jon Betz

The Last Shaman is the third installment in the compelling documentary saga of Paja Thao, a Hmong shaman who is now battling his health to continue his traditional way of life. His children, the youngest who are now grown and in college, the oldest with kids of their own, are trapped between two worlds. The Last Shaman captures the relationship between Paja, his children, and their connection with the Hmong culture in America.  With each generation of Paja's family becoming increasingly distant from the Hmong tradition, and with the tradition of shamans quickly perishing, how will the Hmong culture continue?    

 

 Past Productions


QUEEN OF THE SUN: WHAT ARE THE BEES TELLING US? 
Directed By: Taggart Siegel 
Produced By: Jon Betz
 
QUEEN OF THE SUN: WHAT ARE THE BEES TELLING US? DVD COVER
QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, director of THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.

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THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN
Directed & Produced By: Taggart Siegel 

THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN DVD COVER

The epic tale of a maverick Midwestern farmer. An outcast in his community, Farmer John bravely stands amidst a failing economy, vicious rumors, and violence. By melding the traditions of family farming with the power of art and free expression, this powerful story of transformation and renewal heralds a resurrection of farming in America.

Through highly personal interviews and 50 years of beautifully textured footage, filmmaker Taggart Siegel shares Farmer John’s haunting and humorous odyssey, capturing what it means to be wildly different in a rural community.

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SPLIT HORN: LIFE OF A HMONG SHAMAN IN AMERICA 
Directed & Produced By: Taggart Siegel
 
THE SPLIT HORN DVD COVERTHE SPLIT HORN is the sweeping story of a Hmong shaman and his family living in Appleton, Wisconsin. Documenting the journey of Paja Thao and his family from the mountains of Laos to the heartland of America, this poignant film shows a shaman's struggle to maintain his ancient traditions as his children embrace American culture. America has become the testing ground for the enduring strength of Hmong culture. The evocative narrative captures the daily struggle to Paja Thao's family between two worlds. 
 
 
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GIRLS, PIMPS, JOHNS & US
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Girls, Pimps, Johns & Us still imagePortland, Oregon, despite it’s reputation as an epicenter for sex-trafficking, is battling this problem with increasing efficiency, resolve, and results. So while the unthinkable specter of pimps preying upon children still remains, there is hope.

Every day, women, men and children are being trafficked for sex against their will. Whether they arrived at their situation through poverty, abuse, circumstance, or the family they grew up in, one thing is clear -- those who are trafficked are trapped in a world that is both awful and seemingly impossible to get out of.

 

 Where do they come from and how did they get there? Who are the people that get caught up in sex trafficking? Can they escape? What can we do individually and collectively to turn back the tide that is pulling so many under?
 
Through documentary film-making, we aim to shed light on these questions and challenge viewers to take a hard look at what may be going on in the city they live in, their own neighborhood, or even right next door. Our documentary intends to shed light on the problem, to reveal the ongoing fight, and to prove that at the end of the day, redemption exists.
 
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