I earned my MFA in Film Directing from the American Film Institute and am a freelance director, producer and editor for music videos, promos and commercials. I am currently developing several film and TV projects with Wendy Kram (producer, Mad Money) including my feature screenplay What Do You Thinx of Madeline Minx? which won awards at Broad Humor and Female Eye film festivals and was a Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab finalist. Kathleen Turner performed in a staged reading of the script.
My films and music videos have screened at numerous festivals including South By Southwest, Ann Arbor Film Fest, SF Jewish Film Fest, Transbay Fest, SF Documentary, Euro Underground and the Student Academy Awards. I co-produced and hosted the web show The Minx Mandate for Revision 3, in which I interviewed leading experts, thinkers and troublemakers on the future of humanity. Guests included celebrity blogger Perez Hilton and immortalist Aubrey de Gray (seen on 60 Minutes and The Colbert Report). I hosted and produced several videos covering Stuart Schuffman’s (aka Broke Ass Stuart) San Francisco mayoral campaign. I have directed, edited and produced music and promotional videos for clients including Tainted Love, MealEnders, Safemode, Evolving Consciousness, The Epilepsy Foundation and the Community Clinic Consortium.
I was a semifinalist in the storytelling competition at iO West’s Scripted Comedy Festival in Los Angeles. I have performed storytelling at venues including Fireside Storytelling, Lost Weekend Video and Adobe Bookstore. I was commissioned to produce a one-woman multimedia show, which I performed at New Langton Arts in San Francisco; I was subsequently invited to perform the show at Media Archeology: Software Cinema Festival in Houston; and at Installation, Performance and Interactivity Festival in Santa Fe. I was also a semifinalist in SFCC’s Battle of the Bay standup comedy competition.
I perform music under my alias Madeline Minx. Her/my unique brand of quirky sexy electronic dance music has appeared on numerous dance charts around the country, and has received extensive radio play. My music video RABBI OF RAP was written up in GrungeCake, J.Weekly, SF Weekly and Jewish Journal, while my music video for rap song FEMINEM was featured on The Huffington Post, Eminem Lounge, Lady Hip Hop and Yahoo News. I/Minx won the SLAM competition at Oakland’ s hottest monthly event Tourettes Without Regrets, for which I was awarded a really cool gold beer can.
I teach Film and Video courses at UCLA, Cal State University - East Bay, San Francisco Film School, Laney College in Oakland, and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where I use media and music to inspire activism.
My work frequently utilizes comedy to explore social justice themes as well as female identity, sexuality and power. I firmly believe students are empowered by working on real world projects and as such have collaborated with my classes on music videos including Feminem, which was featured in the Huffington Post.
“Professor Zeigler’s class was as challenging and enriching as any course I had ever taken at a university level, and I was impressed by her drive to compel her students to go beyond simply completing the required assignments, and to examine storytelling as a means of expressing cultural struggle and perhaps use our words and ideas to improve the world.”-Joshua King, Screenwriting Student