Bill Siegel

As founder of Projecto Willis LLC, Bill Siegel is applying his skills as an educator and documentary filmmaker; offering consulting, video production and training services to schools, businesses, non-profits and community organizations across the country and directing and producing a variety of commercial and educational media. Bill is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. He was director, producer and researcher for the Emmy-winning, The Trials of Muhammad Ali, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and has screened worldwide. Siegel co-directed and produced The Weather Underground, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2004, had its worldwide premiere at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and was selected for the Whitney Biennial. As an educator, Siegel worked for 23 years with The Great Books Foundation (GBF), a non-profit dedicated to literacy and lifelong learning. Siegel rose from National Training Instructor to Vice President of School Programs and led more than 1000 professional development workshops in Socratic seminar. Siegel co-founded GBF’s Digital Media department where he led the creation of GBF’s online professional development webinars and directed and produced dozens of instructional and advocacy videos.

Siegel is now directing a feature length documentary film, America Sells Itself (ASI). ASI investigates the role of the United States Information Agency in the US government’s effort to sell democracy, American-style, to the world and the impact of that work now during a new Cold War of information control. Siegel is also collaborating with WETA television in Washington DC, building upon a discussion guide Siegel wrote for the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick documentary series, The Vietnam War. The guide now accompanies a webinar where teachers can learn how to use Socratic Seminar with non-fiction, media, to build students' critical thinking skills. Siegel is also offering nationwide trainings for educational outlets of all kinds to learn the same process in a live setting. Siegel lives in Chicago and earned a BA in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MS in Journalism from Columbia University in New York.

Films by Bill Siegel

The Trials of Muhammad Ali 2013
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