Firelighters: Fire is Medicine


In the densely forested Humboldt County, California, Indigenous women leaders from the Yurok, Hoopa and Karuk tribes are building educational resources to share Indigenous land management practices and create policies to reinstate indigenous burning rights.

: 57 Minutes

Release: TBD

Expiration: TBD

Distributor: TBD

Rights: TBD


SANDE ZEIG directed and produced seven films, including the short Central Park, which premiered at the Sundance, 1994; a feature The Girl, based on a short story by French writer Monique Wittig, 2001, which premiered at the Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals; the documentary Soul Masters, 2008; Apache 8, broadcast on PBS, 2011; Sister Jaguar’s Journey, 2015, and The Living Saint of Thailand, 2019, about Venerable Mae Chee Sansanee Sthirasuta. Firelighters: Fire is Medicine, currently in post-production, will be broadcast on PBS in 2024. Zeig is currently in pre-production on Wittig,Yes! a documentary about her partner Monique Wittig, a leading figure in the 20th century lesbian feminist movement and a prize-winning French author. Zeig has worked in all aspects of the film business including programming, exhibition, and distribution. She was the founder and President of Artistic License Films, a distributor of independent films based in New York City from 1994-2019. Artistic License Films distributed over a hundred films, including films by Ismail Merchant, Michel Negroponte, Jim Stark, Kore-eda Hirakazu, and Theo Angelopoulos.

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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.


Project 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.