Monday, March 15, 2010

"Artzainak: Shepherds and Sheep" was a selection in the Notre Dame Student Film Festival in January. Check out the press here from the South Bend Tribune:

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The "Artzainak: Shepherds and Sheep" trailer is now on YouTube and Vimeo!

Check out the YouTube channel at

Check out the Vimeo video at:

Both sites feature high-definition videos.

Friday, March 12, 2010

"Artzaink: Shepherds and Sheep" is a short documentary that exposes the struggles and hardships of immigrant shepherds in the hills of Idaho. The film traces a basic outline of the Basque and South American immigration to this breath-taking region of the American West. Spending as many as 9 months out of the year in the hills, these immigrants battle loneliness and despair while they remain thousands of miles from their families. With little to no command of the English language, the shepherds quietly make an honest living to send money back to their homelands. "Artzainak" tells these stories from the mouths of the shepherds themselves.

The documentary was produced during the fall of 2009, and the filming itself took place in mid-October. Javi Zubizaretta and Jacob Griswold spent a week in Idaho, interviewing shepherds and watching them work as they brought the sheep down from the mountains. The film is currently being submitted to film festivals around the country to bring awareness to the problems faced by these individuals.