"Facing gender stereotypes and the problems that come with life on the impoverished reservation, the women became known as some of the country’s most elite firefighters."
"Interweaving the scenes of raging fires, intense training sessions, and disrupted home life are personal stories of sacrifice, tragedy, pride, and accomplishment. …a good resource for women’s studies and Native American history classes."
SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
- Santa Fe Film Festival
- Citizen Jane Film Festival
- Native American Film & Video Festival
- American Indian Film Festival
- Native Eyes Film Showcase
- Albuquerque Film Festival
- VisionMaker Film Festival
- Athena Film Festival
Sande Zeig has been actively working in the independent film business for over thirty-five years in both production and distribution.
She directed and produced six films, including the short Central Park, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 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, 2008; Apache 8, a documentary about the first all-women wildland firefighting crew from the White Mountain Apache Tribe, 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.
Zeig 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 DA Pennebaker.
She 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 following grants and fellowships: 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.
Zeig is developing a documentary on Monique Wittig, her partner, with whom she collaborated on a book, screenplays and plays. (1/21)