Apache 8

Documentary, USA (57 Minutes)

For over 30 years, the all-female Apache 8 unit has protected their reservation from fire, as well as responding to wildfires across the nation. The group has earned the reputation of being fierce, loyal, dependable—and tougher than their male colleagues. Facing both gender bias and the problems that come with life on an impoverished reservation, the women are some of the country’s most elite firefighters. Director Sande Zeig combines archival footage and present-day interviews to focus primarily on four women from different generations of Apache 8 crew members, who speak tenderly, and often humorously, of hardship, loss, family, community and pride in their profession. The film will be followed by a discussion with Sande Zeig and firefighter Katy Aday, who is featured in the film.

About the Filmmaker

Sande Zeig has directed and produced six films, including the short Central Park, which premiered at the Sundance in 1994; a feature The Girl, based on a short story by French writer Monique Wittig in 2001, which premiered at the Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals; the documentary Soul Masters: Dr. Guo & Dr. Sha, released in 2008; Apache 8, broadcast widely on PBS in 2011; Sister Jaguar’s Journey, completed in 2015, which tells the story of a Dominican nun who finds peace and forgiveness through plant medicine in the Amazon rainforest, and The Living Saint of Thailand, a short film about Venerable Mae Chee Sansanee Sthirasuta
completed in 2019.

In 2019, Zeig co-founded Artistic License Creative, a new media, and digital marketing company.  She was the Founder and President of Artistic License Films, a film distribution company that distributed over a hundred films, including films by Ismail Merchant, Michel Negroponte, Jim Stark, Kore-eda Hirakazu and
Theo Angelopoulos.

Zeig was the programmer of the Loft Cinema in Tucson, Arizona, the Bleecker Street Cinema in New York City, the New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. She has received the VisionMaker Media Research & Development Grant, 2020, Native American Public Telecommunications Production Grant, 2010, Art Matters, New York, 1995, The MacDowell Colony Artist’s Fellowship, 1990, The Astraea Foundation, New York, 1984 and California Arts Council,
Artist in Residence, 1979-1980.

Boise Screening: Tuesday, Sept. 15th

Visit https://www.boisestate.edu/sps-andruscenter/2020-conference/ for conference details

Sun Valley Screening:

Friday, September 11, 6:00 PM

All films will air on The Community Library’s Livestream page: https://livestream.com/comlib

Registration is required to participate in the Livestream chat.

Apache 8

Documentary, USA (57 Minutes)

For over 30 years, the all-female Apache 8 unit has protected their reservation from fire, as well as responding to wildfires across the nation. The group has earned the reputation of being fierce, loyal, dependable—and tougher than their male colleagues. Facing both gender bias and the problems that come with life on an impoverished reservation, the women are some of the country’s most elite firefighters. Director Sande Zeig combines archival footage and present-day interviews to focus primarily on four women from different generations of Apache 8 crew members, who speak tenderly, and often humorously, of hardship, loss, family, community and pride in their profession. The film will be followed by a discussion with Sande Zeig and firefighter Katy Aday, who is featured in the film.

About the Filmmaker

Sande Zeig has directed and produced six films, including the short Central Park, which premiered at the Sundance in 1994; a feature The Girl, based on a short story by French writer Monique Wittig in 2001, which premiered at the Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals; the documentary Soul Masters: Dr. Guo & Dr. Sha, released in 2008; Apache 8, broadcast widely on PBS in 2011; Sister Jaguar’s Journey, completed in 2015, which tells the story of a Dominican nun who finds peace and forgiveness through plant medicine in the Amazon rainforest, and The Living Saint of Thailand, a short film about Venerable Mae Chee Sansanee Sthirasuta
completed in 2019.

In 2019, Zeig co-founded Artistic License Creative, a new media, and digital marketing company.  She was the Founder and President of Artistic License Films, a film distribution company that distributed over a hundred films, including films by Ismail Merchant, Michel Negroponte, Jim Stark, Kore-eda Hirakazu and
Theo Angelopoulos.

Zeig was the programmer of the Loft Cinema in Tucson, Arizona, the Bleecker Street Cinema in New York City, the New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. She has received the VisionMaker Media Research & Development Grant, 2020, Native American Public Telecommunications Production Grant, 2010, Art Matters, New York, 1995, The MacDowell Colony Artist’s Fellowship, 1990, The Astraea Foundation, New York, 1984 and California Arts Council,
Artist in Residence, 1979-1980.

Boise Screening: Tuesday, Sept. 15th

Visit https://www.boisestate.edu/sps-andruscenter/2020-conference/ for conference details

Sun Valley Screening:

Friday, September 11, 6:00 PM

All films will air on The Community Library’s Livestream page: https://livestream.com/comlib

Registration is required to participate in the Livestream chat.

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