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Apache 8, documenting the first all-women wildland firefighter crew, to open the 2016 United Nations Film Festival

UA’s Hanson Film Institute produced the film about the crew members, all from the White Mountain Apache tribe in Northern Arizona

Programmers of the United Nations Documentary Film Festival (UNAFF) have selected APACHE 8, produced by the University of Arizona’s Hanson Film Institute, to be the festival’s 2016 Opening Night film. Nita Quintero, a firefighter featured in the film, and Vicky Westover, Hanson Film Institute director and a producer of the film, will be in attendance at the screening, taking place at the Aquarius Theatre in Palo Alto California on October 20, 2016.

Directed by Sande Zeig, APACHE 8 tells the story of the all-women wildland firefighter crew that has been fighting fires in Arizona and throughout the US for over 30 years. The film delves into the heroic lives of the firefighters, all from the White Mountain Apache Tribe, as they overcome gender stereotypes and the problems that come with life on the impoverished reservation to become some of the country’s most elite firefighters…MORE→

DocScapes presents

The Bad Kids

Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016 – 7:30pm FREE

(Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe, 2016)

Loft Cinema

Presented by DocScapes

In Person: Editor Jacob Bricca

At a remote Mojave Desert high school, extraordinary educators believe that empathy and life skills, more than academics, give at-risk students command of their own futures. This coming-of-age story watches education combat the crippling effects of poverty in the lives of these so-called “bad kids.”

This observational documentary chronicles one extraordinary principal’s mission to realize the potential of these students whom the system has deemed lost causes. The film follows Principal Vonda Viland as she coaches three at-risk teens—a new father who can’t support his family, a young woman grappling with sexual abuse, and an angry young man from an unstable home—through the traumas and obstacles that rob them of their spirit and threaten their goal of a high school diploma.

MORE about BAD KIDS with Jacob Bricca bio→

Winner of a Special Jury Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival

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Hanson Film Institute Welcomes New Assistant Director

Kerryn Negus

The UA Hanson Film Institute, College of Fine Arts is delighted to introduce you to Kerryn Negus. Kerryn was contracted by the Institute earlier this year as Marketing Manager and was appointed Assistant Director in July 2016.

Kerryn Negus is an arts producer working in film and theatre. In the film industry, Kerryn has worked in acquisitions, development, and marketing and PR. As Vice President of the Los Angeles office of PR agency DDA, her client roster included Miramax Films, New Line Films and Summit International, and she regularly represented films at the Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin and Sundance Film Festivals…. MORE→

APACHE 8 now available on vimeo for download rental viewing

Women Make Movies, a non-profit media arts organization that facilitates the production, distribution, and exhibition of independent films by and about women, has released the Hanson Film Institute produced documentary APACHE 8 on vimeo for download rental viewing. Directed and produced by Hanson Fellow Sande Zeig, APACHE 8 tells the story of an all-women wildland firefighter crew from the White Mountain Apache Tribe, who have been fighting fires in Arizona and throughout the U.S., for over 30 years. The film was premiered in 2011 by the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian and has been broadcast on public television stations nationally over 2000 times.

»Go to APACHE 8 on vimeo…