Lauren Greenfield documents one family’s big American Dream in ‘The Queen of Versailles’

Jul 18, 2012

Director and producer Lauren Greenfield (L) and Jacqueline Siegel arrive at ‘The Queen Of Versailles’ premiere held at Eccles Center Theatre during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2012 in Park City, Utah. Credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images

What does it take to make an American Dream become a reality? David and Jackie Siegel’s pursuit of their American Dream manifested in an attempt to build the largest and most expensive single-family house in America; however, their dream did not materialize as smoothly as the Siegel family hoped it would after the housing bubble burst in 2008.

Director Lauren Greenfield documented the family’s rags-to-riches-to-rags story in a new film, “The Queen of Versailles.” The documentary won the U.S. Directing Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and will be released in theaters tomorrow. David Siegel, through his company Westgate Resorts, is currently suing Greenfield, executive producer Frank Evers and distributors Magnolia and Bravo for defamation on the grounds that the film is misleading. Greenfield previously directed the 2006 HBO documentary “Thin,” which explores the treatment of eating disorders and which also received the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Boston Independent Film Festival among other awards.


Are you looking forward to seeing the award-winning documentary?


Lauren Greenfield, director of the documentaries, ‘Thin’ and ‘The Queen of Versailles’, recipient of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Documentary Directing Award

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