Collective Eye Films, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has been a leading educational film distribution and feature-length film production company. Our films, those that we create and those that we distribute, build bridges between cultures and provide unique perspectives by exploring social, political, environmental, and spiritual issues to bring provocative and entertaining stories to the screen.
Through meeting many of the world’s change-makers as we interviewed them for our feature-length films, it became clear that each of them and their organizations were in dire need of a story teller to promote their particular vision, organization and cause. Thus: The People’s Lens was born.
The People’s Lens is the newest member of the Collective Eye Films family, and has been created to fill the niche as the storyteller of local organizations who are working to resolve social, political, environmental, and spiritual issues, and to help re-imagine what our world can be.
We believe that film is the most powerful medium to present critical issues, challenge audiences, and raise important questions. Keeping true to the notion that documentary films are powerful tools for change, we strive to unearth stories that make a difference.
DIRECTOR, EDITOR, PRODUCER
Spencer MacDonald is an avid traveler and filmmaker. He is currently working with Taggart and Jon on SEED: The Untold Story, as a second camera and assistant editor. Since finishing his undergraduate studies at the University of Stockholm, Sweden, his journeys to film indigenous cultures have taken him throughout the continent of India, South East Asia, as well as to the remote Himalayan region of Zanskar, where he documented the fading Tibetan Buddhist culture from inside of a Buddhist nunnery. Recently, he has become active in the local organic farming movement and has shifted his camera to shed light on socially and environmentally conscious organizations and people that are in need of a storyteller.
DIRECTOR, EDITOR, PRODUCER
Patrick was immersed in the natural world from an early age. Growing up in rural South Carolina, he was surrounded by vast landscapes and diverse wildlife, and it was here that he developed his passion for nature. After high school he went to The Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, where he received his B.F.A. in film and television. Shortly after graduation, Patrick began working as a videographer and editor with Lindblad Expeditions–National Geographic. During his three-year tenure with the company, he single-handedly filmed and edited over thirty short documentaries all over the world from the Galápagos Islands to Antarctica, and had several segments featured online with CNN and National Geographic. Since then, Patrick has begun filming and producing a wide array of films in his hometown of Portland, Oregon.
FOUNDER OF COLLECTIVE EYE, FEATURE FILM DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
Taggart Siegel has been directing award-winning documentaries and dramas for 25 years that reflect cultural diversity with absorbing style. From spiritual elders struggling to preserve traditions in alien environments to marginalized youth surviving hostile streets, the subjects of his films present vital perspectives rarely seen in mainstream media. Taggart’s films, QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are The Bees Telling Us?, and THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN won a total of 42 International Film Festival awards. Siegel is the co-founder of Collective Eye, Inc., a non-profit media organization based in San Francisco, California and Portland, Oregon.
DIRECTOR OF COLLECTIVE EYE, FEATURE FILM DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
Jon Betz is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker. He is the co-director of the feature documentary in production, SEED: The Untold Story. He is also the producer and editor for the multi-award winning QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are The Bees Telling Us?, which was critically acclaimed during it’s US theatrical release. His 2008 film, MEMORIZE YOU SAW IT, is an intimate documentary about his relationship as a foreigner working with former child soldiers in Eastern Uganda. Betz is a graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design and is the director of Collective Eye Films.