Steve Jarvis is a DGA commercial film director. A graduate of Art Center College of Design he worked as an ad agency art director on United Airlines, Budweiser and Mattel Toys. Later, he became a film director on Mattel Toys and HoneyBaked Ham. Steve directed a documentary short, The Spirit Walk” before directing “The Women In The Sand”.
Early on, Steve expanded his film making interests by directing the short documentary film, “Roy’s Market” which was honored with a special screening at the Chicago Art Institute. Later, he directed a TV pilot,
His passion for exploring and protecting the California desert and it’s history has led him to directing his first feature documentary film, “The Women In The Sand” and a short documentary film for the Western Shoshone Nation titled, “The Spirit Walk”.
This is an important film about an important piece of the Native American story.
The filming of "The Women In The Sand" was a great honor and exceptionally rare opportunity. Elders of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe have never allowed filmmakers to have such in-depth access to their lives and historic existence.
My editor, Kate Fosselman and I worked with care, respect and patience for over four years to capture this eye-opening, impactful look into the true story of the Timbisha People.
Through first hand recollections and personal experiences, Pauline Esteves, her sister-in-law Maddy Esteves and a few others reveal what it was like to live a harsh life and survive in the centuries old Timbisha Village. A village located in an extremely isolated location, the hottest place on Earth, Death Valley, CA.
Producer / Director