Filmmakers

And Then Came Lola filmmakers with their star, Ashleigh Sumner

(L-R) Co-Director Ellen Seidler, Ashleigh Sumner (LOLA) & Co-Director Megan Siler at OUTFEST 2009.

Ellen Seidler: Producer/Director/Story-is a 28-year broadcast journalism and film veteran. After working for  ABC News in New York she  joined KRON-TV in San Francisco as a photojournalist and editor. Currently, she is a  professor of Media & Fine Arts at Contra Costa College.  She has also been a lecturer in Digital Media at U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and has taught for the Knight Digital Media Center’s multimedia training workshops.

Ellen has also produced/directed/ and worked as a cinematographer on a variety of independent film and documentary projects. Her directing credits include the award-winning documentary “Fighting for Our Lives-Facing AIDS in San Francisco” (narrated by Linda Hunt and appearing on PBS) and the experimental short “Et L’Amour” which screened in LGBT film festivals throughout the world.  She  has been a contributing writer for Logo’s AfterEllen.com  and is the creator and editor for the the non-profit website, Breastcancernetwork.org.  More recently she has become involved with efforts to raise awareness around the issue online piracy and its negative impact on indie filmmakers.  Her blog on the subject can be found here:  www.popuppirates.com and her new blog on copyright and creative culture at www.voxindie.org.

Ellen received her B.A. in Fine Arts from Harvard University, and her M.A. in Journalism from UC Berkeley.


Megan Siler: Producer/Director/Story/Screenwriter- is an award-winning producer of both fiction and documentary films. She has an MFA from UCLA’s film program, an environmental studies degree from UC Berkeley and has taught screenwriting and film production for UC Berkeley Extension, Writers Boot Camp, and the Academy of Art College. Her most recent film, Toxic Bust: Chemicals and Breast Cancer, won the prestigious Cine Golden Eagle Award, and is being used by environmental health and breast cancer advocates around the country.

Megan won the Emerging Talent Award from the Los Angeles Outfest for her feature length film The Midwife’s Tale, the UCLA Theater Arts Alumni Spotlight Award for her fictional short First Base, a short fiction film about first kisses, girlfriends and busting up. Megan also won a Dore Schary Award for her documentary, Single Mothers: Living On the Edge.