the Sebastopol Siege
An investigation into family history, memory, and trauma
A short film by Mimi Wilcox. Currently in production.
On the night of March 2nd, 1973, Michaela Madden was held hostage in her rural California home for over 8 hours. When she emerged unscathed after a standoff with police, her conservative town expected her to be grateful and instead found her furious - not with her captors, but with the local sheriff’s department who came to save her.
THE SEBASTOPOL SIEGE is a short documentary film in which the powers of human compassion and police aggression come into conflict in a larger exploration of family lore and memory. Archival footage, intimate interviews, and cinematic still lives will illustrate the night of March 2nd, 1973, when Michaela Madden was held hostage for 8 hours in her rural California home and subsequently vilified by her community.