Raised in rural Australia and all over the US, Oren Siedler’s work is heavily influenced by her ‘two dads’, the twin poles of male influence in her life: her hippie stepfather and her Zen-like outlaw birth father.
After a year playing violin in an Australian all-girl rock band, Siedler entered the film business in California, working in various crew positions in several feature films, including John Waters’ HAIR SPRAY.
With practical experience under her belt, she moved back to Australia to absorb film theory and artistic tutelage. She graduated with an Arts Degree in Communications from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Certificate in Fine Arts from the National Art School.
She went on to direct TV commercials, and then directed an AFC-funded documentary, RED SANDS BLUE SEAS, which was sold to the Discovery Channel and National Geographic Channels.
Her most recent documentary, BRUCE & ME, has screened on televisions throughout the world, incuding ABC Australia, the Sundance Channel USA and Life Network Channel in Canada.
She currently lives near Byron Bay with her partner and new baby, and plays in a classical string quartet.