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Sienna McLean

Sienna McLean

Documentary Film and Video


Sienna McLean lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters  She works as a freelance producer and writer for documentary film and television. Her work includes projects for cable, PBS, web series and independent docs, as well as for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Visual History Program.

Still Revolutionaries

16mm color film

JUNE, 1997
Two women's experiences within the Black Panther Party.  Former Panthers Madalynn Rucker and Katherine Campbell reflect candidly on their reasons for joining, the challenges they faced within the Party and their struggles to reconstruct their lives after they left it.  These women provide both a foot soldier's and a woman's point of view in their eloquent and clear-eyed evaluations of their experiences.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

First Prize, Best Documentary Film, NextFrame UFVA International Touring Festival, 1998
“Prized Pieces” Honorable Mention, National Black Programming Consortium, 1998
Juror’s Citation, Black Maria Film Festival, 1998
Sundance Film Festival, 1998
Women In Cinema – Seattle International, 1998
Women of Color Film & Video Festival, UCBerkeley/Pacific Film Archive, 1998
Women in the Director’s Chair Film Festival, 1998
Aspen ShortsFest, 1998
Imagenation, 1998
Oberhausen International Film Festival, Germany, 1998
Atlanta Film & Video Festival, 1998
Charlotte Film & Video Festival, 1998
Urban World Film Festival, 1998
Flaherty Seminars, 1998
NYC Museum of Modern Art, 1998
1 Reel Film Festival – Bumbershoot Festival, 1998
BBC British Short Film Festival, London, 1998
NextFrame UFVA International Touring Festival, 1998
Southwest Alternate Media Project, “The Territory,” 1998
Mill Valley Film Festival, 1998
IDA DOCtober Festival, 1998
Reel Affirmations, 1998
Film Arts Festival, 1998
Dallas Video Festival, 1999
Black Memphis Writers Conference & Southern Film Festival, 1999
Cannes Film Festival, Emerging Filmmakers Showcase, 1999
KTEH Public Television, iVideo, 1999
NYU International Student Film Festival, 1999
Hollywood Shorts, Los Angeles, 2000
Newport Beach Film Festival, 2000

Shadow Dancing in My Ancestor's Footsteps

16mm color film

JUNE, 1996

In this personal documentary, the filmmaker explores her experiences growing up biracial in rural Vermont.  Through the stories of her older brother and his childhood friend, the film addresses the complex issues and perceptions of race, identity, community and family.


6:30 min.

MARCH, 1996
Provides and insightful look at the relationships between high school seniors and their teachers at De Anza HIgh School in Richmond, California.  They reveal their expectations and disappointments with one another as they struggle to work within the boundaries of their institutions.

This One Roof

16mm black and white film


This short film profiles one woman's story of recovery and healing through the services of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church and the guidance of Reverend Cecil Williams, both of whom are endlessly dedicated to providing a safe haven for many of San Francisco's Tenderloin residents.