The scoop: Film recounts firefighter crew of Apache women

The scoop: Film recounts firefighter crew of Apache women

27 March 2011

published by azstarnet.com


USA — Tucsonan Sande Zeig, who served as the Loft Cinema’s director and programmer from 2002 to 2006, has directed an hourlong documentary that will air on KUAT at 9 p.m. Monday.

Zeig’s film, “Apache 8” – which was sponsored in part by the University of Arizona’s Hanson Film Institute and produced by the institute’s director, Vicky Westover – tells the story of a wildland firefighter crew that consists of White Mountain Apache women. Zeig blends archival footage with interviews with four members from different generations, letting them recount their stories as they traveled the state and country battling wildfires.

The women describe the hardships they’ve faced on the job as well as the senses of pride and kinship they received.

“When I started making the film, I thought it was going to be about this all-women crew, ‘Apache 8,’ but it became something else, something more,” said Zeig via email. “I discovered, during the making of the film, that each of the women we featured have all excelled and been honored with community and national recognition. I had no idea when we started.”

KFFN adds signal

Perhaps following the success of its news talk station KQTH 104.1-FM, Journal Broadcast Group opened up the 104.9-FM frequency to the same signal broadcast over 1490 KFFN-AM, its sports talk radio station.

The move came March 17, in time for the start of the second round of the NCAA tournament. The station also offers Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns and several nationally syndicated sports talk shows, as well as its local entry, “Happy Hour with Jody Oehler.”

I’ve noticed the 1490 signal tends to be weak, is vulnerable to interference, and tends to fuzz up when driving near freeway underpasses. The 104.9 signal seems cleaner and less prone to disruption, which is absolutely key when you’re listening to an intense sporting event.

“Some people like their sports/talk on AM, and some who might never turn over to the AM dial may just find and like the product on clean FM,” said Julie Brinks, vice president and general manager of Journal’s Tucson operations, via email.

WMG wins award

Watershed Management Group, a nonprofit that promotes sustainable, eco-friendly infrastructure in the community, won YouTube’s Nonprofit Video Award. The organization will receive a $2,500 grant.

The video, dubbed “It’s in Your Hands,” is viewable at www.watershedmg.org/node/245. It shows people using “Tippy Taps,” low-tech apparatuses that allow people in rural areas to wash their hands, preventing sickness from diseases including diarrhea.

The group placed in the top four of more than 1,300 video submissions from 750 other nonprofits.


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