Award-Winning "The Women in the Sand" Calls for Preservation of Timbisha Shoshone Culture
Death Valley Documentary Debuts on Amazon for National Native American Heritage Month
Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Edward James Olmos narrates this moving story of Pauline and Maddy Esteves, two tribal elders now in their 80s and 90s, who have struggled all their lives with the Federal Government and their own Tribal Council to overcome injustice and save the ancient culture of Death Valley's original people. Through storytelling and archival images dating back to the Gold Rush, Pauline and Maddy, along with historians and other members of the Timbisha tribe, reveal the rich history of their people and their unyielding courage to stand up to corporations, the U.S. government, and greedy Tribal authorities.
Writer-director Steven Jarvis (Directors Guild of America) has a background directing national TV commercials, documentary films and web videos. His documentary film Roy's Market was honored with a special screening at the Chicago Art Institute. His passion for the California desert and its history led Steven to direct The Women in the Sand as well as a short documentary film for the Western Shoshone Nation titled The Spirit Walk, both of which were collaborations with his wife, Kate Fosselman.
Kate Fosselman is a longtime advertising executive and TV art director who has worked at several top Los Angeles ad agencies and, early in her career, created the logo for "Jelly Belly" jellybeans. As executive producer and senior editor on The Women in the Sand, Kate brought her passion for cultural and environmental conservation to the project.
Veteran producer Robert H. "Bob" Goodman has served as a producer on a number of theatrical motion pictures, tv, direct to videos, recordings, theatrical productions and other media such as CD & DVD Rom productions. Prior to founding his media consulting firm, Bob Goodman & Associates, he was a senior TV packaging agent at the fabled William Morris Agency.
The Women in the Sand, an official selection of the 2017 Red Nation Film Festival, was nominated for Best Feature at the 2017 TMC London Film Festival and awarded laurels from Impact Docs Awards and Accolade Global Film Competition. The Women in the Sand was an official selection of the 2018 Toronto Independent Film Festival. Last May, the film screened at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center for the House Natural Resources Committee, which serves the Federal Departments of the Interior, Energy, and Homeland Security, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency.
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