Apache 8

57 min | Documentary Feature | Sande Zeig & Heather Rae

Apache 8 is the story of the courageous all-female Apache 8 firefighting unit which has protected their reservation and responded to wildfires around the nation for 30 years. This group, which recently became co-ed, earned the reputation of being fierce, loyal and dependable–and tougher than their male colleagues.

Release: March 2011

Sande Zeig

Sande Zeig directed and produced three films including the short Central Park, which premiered at Sundance in 1994, the feature The Girl, based on a short story by French writer Monique Wittig, which premiered at Toronto and Berlin, and the documentary Soul Masters: Dr. Guo & Dr. Sha, which was released in April 2008.  In 2009 the film (DVD format) will be distributed by the LA-based company Beyond Words Distribution. 

Heather Rae

Executive Producer
Heather Rae (Cherokee) has worked in some producing capacity on more than a dozen documentaries and half dozen features through her eighteen years in the film industry. She began working on Trudell in 1992, and after twelve years, the project was the creative culmination of years of work as a filmmaker and activist. For six years Rae ran the Native Program at the Sundance Institute and was a programmer for the Sundance Film Festival. After leaving Sundance in 2001 she went on to work for Winter Films as Senior Vice President of Production.

Walt Pourier

Vice Chair

Walt is Oglala Lakota and created the logo for Urban Rez. He is Creative Director, owner of Nakota Designs Advertising Designs and Graphics. Executive Director of the Stronghold Society nonprofit dedicated to instilling hope and supporting youth movements through Live Life Call To Action Campaigns.


Program Coordinator

(Hataža Mani Winga)​

"Cinema Aficionado"

Role: Jordana is excited to engage with different Native/Indigenous communities. Her passion for working with youth will help develop the Native Youth Media Project. She will also assist with the Creative Shorts Fellowship (CSF) to help organize deliverables for filmmakers.