In the film THE SPLIT HORN: LIFE OF A HMONG SHAMAN IN AMERICA Taggart
Siegel and Jim McSilver, document the 17 year journey of Paja Thao,
a Hmong shaman, and his family transplanted from the mountains of Laos
to Americašs heartland. Paja Thao plays an important spiritual role
in a community of Hmong refugees in Appleton, Wisconsin. As his children
turn to cartoons, computer games and Christianity, Paja struggles to
keep his family connected to their 5,000-year-old shamanic traditions.
Taggart Siegel had been producing and directing award-winning
documentaries and dramatic films for 18 years. Siegelšs social documentaries
"Between Two Worlds: The Hmong Shaman in America," "Blue Collar and
Buddha," and Heart Broken in Half" have aired on public and cable television,
and are distributed worldwide. Siegel has also co-produced and co-directed
the feature film "Shadow of a Pepper Tree" and directed short dramatic
films including, "Affliction," "Bitter Harvest," "Ember Days," and "Body
Memories". In addition, Siegel has produced documentary and dramatic
films including "Destroying Angel," "The Beloved," and "The Disenchanted
Forest" for National Geographic Television.
Jim McSilver has produced documentaries, shorts and feature films
since 1990. He line produced and production managed indie features including
"Seldom Dreaming" and the 1999 Sundance feature "Life Tastes Good".
McSilver has written and directed documentaries and educational videos
for University of Colorado and Lifetime Television about emerging trends
in the nursing and health care fields. He is a producer and co-director
of the feature film in development, "TED: A One-Woman Movie".
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