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Why I wrote this story about Sacajawea…

Returning to Three Forks, MT in 2015, to bring the Windcatcher script to Sacajawea, where she asked me to write it in 1989.

Returning to Three Forks, MT in 2015, to bring the Windcatcher script to Sacajawea, where she asked me to write it in 1989.There are so many events in my life that don’t make sense in my mind, when it comes to the Windcatcher project. I didn’t realize it at first, I just knew I had to write the story. But when I began to look closer, there had been an uncanny number of circumstances and details guiding and leading me, even before I could listen to them.

There are so many events in my life that don’t make sense in my mind, when it comes to the Windcatcher project. I didn’t realize it at first, I just knew I had to write the story. But when I began to look closer, there had been an uncanny number of circumstances and details guiding and leading me, even before I could listen to them.

The first one was the day I was born. We lived in Richland, Washington, along the Columbia River where the expedition came through in 1805. For some reason, my parents named me Jane (Janie/Janey — This was the name William Clark gave to Sacajawea because he couldn’t pronounce her name). This would not seem unusual, nor would the fact that our dearest family friends were the Brattons, descendants of Private William Bratton a member of the Corps of Discovery.

The years went by and we moved many places, but in 1962 we landed in Portland, Oregon. My best friends in high school, at the time, were Cliff Lewis, John Clark and Jayne Scott (another Jane). We went to Seaside and Cannon Beach (places Sacajawea had been) nearly every weekend. And still, I didn’t think anything about this as it would relate to Sacajawea and her story.

Life went on, many people came in and out of my path who were somehow associated through ancestors with the Lewis and Clark story, the Charbonneaus, Meriwether Lewis…. But in 1987, my husband, kids and I were traveling back to Washington from Indiana (where my husband finished his college). As happened, due to driving the “beautiful,” but rough back roads across Montana, our car broke down in Bozeman.

Now that would seem like tough luck, but we were trapped there in that picturesque, mountainous setting for three days. While we waited for our car to be repaired something very strong captured our attention and made us realize, for some reason, we had to stay. So, we listened to our intuition, and stayed for three years. We found jobs and bought a house.

My husband was a teacher and his class was studying Lewis and Clark. One day we took his students on a field trip to Three Forks, Montana (where Sacajawea was brutally kidnapped from her people in about 1800). I never expected to be so overcome with emotion that day. I just walked the rivers and Fort Rock, making sketches of the plants and watching the eagles above me…

Three Forks, MT on Fort Rock, where Sacajawea asked me to write her story in 1989.

Three Forks, MT on Fort Rock, where Sacajawea asked me to write her story in 1989.

The next Saturday, May 20, 1989, I told my husband I had to go back there, I didn’t know why but I needed to go by myself. He was very supportive of me following my heart. That day, I sat on the cliff looking over the rivers — watching the eagles soar. I was thinking about Sacajawea, and I couldn’t stop the tears welling up in my eyes — when a gentle voice echoed in my soul, “I want you to write my story.”

Up until this point I had never put anything together about my life and this woman of history. I started to write the story as a children’s book, but realized it was not a children’s story. To do her justice and honor her path, she wanted me to tell the hard things so we could see what she had been through and how she survived.

I didn’t exactly know how to proceed, but actually I wasn’t ready in myself to proceed. I put the three chapters away in a box, and in 1990 we moved on to Washington State. It was at this time that I began to walk the steps toward my own Spiritual Awakening. From 1996-2003, I opened to my intuition and listened more closely to my spiritual self.

In 2003, my daughter, Jerah, was going to film school in California. She said to me, “Mom, you should write that book you started into a screenplay.” This was such an incredible revelation and message delivered to me by my daughter.

At this time, I began to notice eagles, hawks and ravens constantly flying over my path. There was an eagle that soared over a neighboring field, always landing on a tall evergreen tree — I could see him from my writing desk. And, a hawk flew back and forth in the same field every day. There was something extremely powerful and inspiring in that…

My heart was truly full with this task I was undertaking. I drew a timeline across the wall and with notecards I taped all the places on the timeline where Sacajawea was mentioned in the journals. It was very little — and I had to somehow find the rest of the story.

One day I was in Barnes and Noble and came across a paperweight. It had a quote engraved around it by Michelangelo, “I saw the angel in the granite and carved until I set him free.” I became emotional right there in the store — it struck deeply. All the experiences in my life that pointed to this woman, started to take shape in my heart. It was a revelation that she was with me, guiding me, truly wanting me to write her story. So, I said to myself and to her, “I feel you. I see you, and I will carve through the mass of history until I find your story through your eyes, and set you free.”

I was determined. It took four years to grasp the essence of her purpose. I had to get out-of-the-way. I had to let go of my inhibitions and stereotypes. I had to get past feeling “unworthy” to tell the story, and be willing to write it with all the joys and with all the pain. I will never completely understand all I had to go through or why, but I know I am a better person for pouring out myself because that is what this journey has required.

There is history. And there is Spirit. And, sometimes telling the story accurately requires opening to a voice from another realm, spending 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness and reconciling to the fact that we don’t know everything.

If I didn’t care, I could have sold this screenplay long ago. But, I do care, for it is a Calling — a leading all my life. It has taken great personal sacrifice, yet I have been fully blessed with the things that matter. If it takes my last breath, I will share, not just the literal history that we know, but “who” she was, and how she felt, and what her precious life was about.

Sacajawea’s overall message for today is powerful…. it is what this world needs to continue. It is a remembering that we are all connected to each other and to Mother Earth. We must each open to this knowing and believe. We must love.

I will never fully understand why I was Called to write the story of this beautiful, Native American woman….and I expect others may not fully understand either. But, one thing I have learned, truth is absolutely not what we think in our minds. The beautiful synergy continues even now as our team comes together around this production — showering us with more mysteries, blessings and miracles. What an amazing path we walk.

In gratitude and thanksgiving,

Jane

Three Forks, MT (2015) where Sacajawea was taken from her people in 1800. This cave is written into the Windcatcher story.

Three Forks, MT (2015) where Sacajawea was taken from her people in 1800. This cave is written into the Windcatcher story.

Let the magic begin in 2017!

 

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2017 is going to be a spectacular year for Windcatcher The Movie, LLC. We have built a powerful team, a dynamic business plan, a realistic film budget and soon we will be launching an emotional and captivating teaser reel.

Our journey continues as we gear up for success this year. Please check out Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea on IMDB, and “Like” the project. Visit often and watch the magic unfold!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2837492/?ref_=nv_sr_1

 

A paradigm shift…

Jane L. Fitzpatrick — What powerful times we live in… as I watched this video, I was deeply moved. It is my belief we are called to a great purpose in this Age. We see before us, unfolding, yes, right before our eyes — something many have prayed for, for generations.

We are all indigenous, and the voices of our ancestors call us to walk toward the light. The time is now. Even through chaos, hearts are opening — hearts are becoming aware. Through the darkness of our times, some are beginning to see… and we are here now to listen.

Standing Rock cast a brilliant light upon the path, which opened doors and stirred spirits. Many have walked boldly and Wesley Clark, Jr., heard the voice and embraced his calling to the very next step on this Holy journey… forgiveness.

Then, the Universe summoned a great chief who showed us the heart of a Chief. His answer was given in truth, both in words and actions. This great chief embraced the earth, indeed all people, through his prayer for peace.

We are on the brink of something spectacular, a paradigm shift that is set to change the world. Let us keep walking…

http://www.salon.com/2016/12/05/we-beg-for-your-forgiveness-veterans-join-native-elders-in-celebration-ceremony/

2016, a year of Thanksgiving

There have been many twists and turns on this journey to tell the story of Sacajawea. From lifetime experiences to our daily walk, we power forward on our quest to share her message through this epic feature film. We are continually fascinated to see Spirit at work. Even as we know it is working, when we recognize its magic, and see things happening that we can’t explain, we are in awe.

A spear above me in the sky. I see it, I accept it, I am grateful (June 1, 2016)

A spear above us in the sky. We see it, we accept it, we are grateful. (June 2, 2016)

Our knowing comes from eagles and hawks flying across our paths, feathers and heart-stone gifts, yes, cloud formations in the sky, relevant and powerful, guiding us. Even through hard times that make us look deeper at the Promises, we hang on to the mystery and miracles that are coming — even before we see. It is the Belief we are doing what we are called to do. And, it is Spirit answering and confirming our belief.

An eagle cloud formation flies toward us. (June 4, 2016)

An eagle cloud formation flies toward us. (June 4, 2016)

There is no difference in what we have learned along this path, and what Sacajawea knew and lived along hers. She has shown us many things that we could have missed if we were not listening. We realize we are not relevant because we live in the 21st century, we are relevant because we are Spiritual — and that is not bound by time or space. She walks with us in this perfect moment of a timeless age. She lets us learn the lessons — she cries with us, laughs with us and she rejoices when we see.

A beautiful lady in the sky with wind in her hair and arms (June 1, 2016)

A beautiful lady in the sky with wind in her hair and arms stretched out, moving sideways into the breeze. (June 1, 2016)

This has been an experience of discovery. Not discovering something tangible, but discovering ourselves and our place in Creation, our relevance to breath, to light, to earth, to love. Sacajawea is here to tell her story and proclaim these messages, and we are here to fearlessly step through the doors.

Thank you for loving this journey with us — your prayers are cherished every day.

In gratitude and thanksgiving,

The Windcatchers

Sam Barnett, Security Director, joins the Windcatcher production

Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea is proud to welcome Sam Barnett of Pace Dell Anima – Executive Protective Services (PDA) as the director of the project’s top level-security team. Sam has a passion for history, a love for Sacajawea and her story, and he and his team are committed to making sure everyone, while on set and traveling, will be protected and safe.

sam-barnettWith over 20 years in the executive protection services industry, Sam offers unparalleled experience in security consulting, personal security risk analysis/management, and logistics. Dedicated to protecting the lives of others, he has created and implemented multi-faceted personal security programs for Fortune 500 company executives, professional sports athletes, Top 40 musicians, entertainment and events. He has also designed and facilitated multiple trainings, including CCW, Close Quarter Combat, defense, and martial arts for private clients, the US Secret Service, and non-profit organizations. In addition to serving six years in the US Army, from which he was honorably discharged, Sam was a member of the Tactical Narcotics Team for the Connecticut State Police.

We are delighted to have Sam Barnett leading such a crucial part of our team! As the months ahead unfold into 2017, we are confident we’re moving closer to the production of this enormous, credible and powerful feature film project. Over this year, we have connected with amazing professionals and companies who see the vision, and it is Sacajawea’s spirit and heart that continues to draw us together.

Please visit our Official Movie Website at: www.WindcatcherTheMovie.com to follow our progress as we continue our quest, yes, our journey of discovery.

Thank you, Rick Clark, for letting us use your amazing painting of Sam Barnett for this article.

 

The Windcatcher speaks

sacajawea-painting-rick-clarkI want to thank my friend and co-producer of Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea, Rick Clark, for creating this incredibly meaningful, and insightful painting. When Rick first saw this original photo of me at this location, he told me he saw “something else,” indeed, he sensed a harsh and difficult part of Sacajawea’s story that holds the deepest point of her passion…

This is Three Forks, Montana, a place in the world that carries a Spiritual vibration that touches the heart of many, including the Shoshone people. It is where the Jefferson, Gallatin and Madison Rivers come together to form the headwaters of the mighty Missouri River, a river that flows for thousands of miles across the lands and through many Nations.

Many don’t realize the timeless energy and Spirit that moves here, and the deep connection it has to Sacajawea and her tribe. During the time of Sacajawea’s life her people were transient, following the buffalo and other food sources. One of their hunting grounds and villages was in this location, in and around Fort Rock…at the three forks.

In 1800, Sacajawea was about 12 years old. The men of the tribe had gone hunting as the women, children and elderly tended the camp and prepared ceremony… It was a very special time for this girl who had just become a woman.

But, with the men gone, the camp was vulnerable. And, on this very hallowed ground, the Shoshone villagers were attacked by Hidatsa warriors intent on capturing young women and children. It was here that the Windcatcher story began — the girl was awakened through her terror and her life was never to be the same.

Thus, began Sacajawea’s quest, the determination of her soul… As she and other children screamed, running down the river bank toward the cottonwoods — elders were killed in the camp and women wailed from the rocks, mourning their lost children. It was here that Sacajawea believed in her greater power, and destiny took a turn…

As we see in this painting, our young woman releases her winged messenger, sending it into the sky and through a timeless age. What Rick saw, and has strongly portrayed, is a beautiful depiction of that Spiritual world at work that draws us to this story and brings Sacajawea’s energy into our very lives. She has touched us — and we will carry her passion and message through.

Jane

Windcatcher welcomes Georgina Lightning

Georgina LightningPlease welcome Georgina Lightning to Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea as an Associate Producer, and she will play the role of Otter Woman, Charbonneau’s other wife. This character is an important part of Sacajawea’s story as Otter Woman was not only a mother-figure, but they were both wives of the same man. Otter Woman is suspicious of the white men and she grows to love Sacajawea dearly, as a daughter. Her deepest darkness is when the expedition heads out to the ocean — she must stay behind, realizing she may never see Sacajawea again.

Georgina Lightning IMDB BIO — Georgie brings a long track record of creative experience in the film industry as an actor, producer, director and acting coach on such projects as: Dreamkeepers, Backroads, Johnny Greyeyes, Christmas in the Clouds, Tecumseh, the Oath and Smoke Signals among countless others. Lightning has also guest starred in T.V. episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger and West Wing.

Lightning’s directorial debut Older Than America has won over 23 awards to date and is inspired by stories told to her by many of her family members and friends who attended the Indian Boarding schools. Most recently Lightning co-founded Tribal Alliance Productions, a production company committed to producing media that matters told from a native prospective. A long time advocate of Native Indian advancement in the film industry, Lightning also formed Native Media Network, a group dedicated to the promotion and advancement of Native Indian talent.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2837492/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

 

 

Nationally recognized executive joins Windcatcher

Rick Clark photoWe are excited to welcome Rick Clark as Co-Producer on the Windcatcher production team. During our first meeting, we were moved by Rick’s deep passion for Sacajawea and her story. With his African American and Native American heritage, Rick holds a heartfelt and spiritual understanding of this powerful journey we walk. He believes the story must be told and he is willing to do whatever he can to make it happen.

Rick is a nationally recognized consultant, influencer and executive advisor with over 25 years of notable leadership experience in many arenas including entertainment and film. He currently advises Fortune 500 Chief Executive Officers, GM’s team owners, C-level staff within the Fortune 500 NFL team ownership, high net worth influencers and political clientele up to several heads of State/royal families with high level strategies aimed at diversity, public relations, multicultural marketing, tourism, entertainment and others.

Rick created and launched one of the largest African American/executive search and consulting firms in America and one of the most respected NFL agent agencies, negotiating over a billion dollars in sports contracts. His specialties include placement of investors interested in entertainment, movie projects, film and TV, NFL, MLB and real estate. He has frequently appeared on television, radio and in print

We are honored and humbled to have Rick join our team. Indeed, we hold a light that is already shinning… we just need to walk in it, every day, with gratitude and thanksgiving!

In the spirit of the Corps of Discovery we call: CHARGE ON! — Have No Fear.

Janey

 

Gerald Auger joins Windcatcher as Chief Cameahwait

Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea is proud to welcome a powerful actor to its cast, Gerald Auger. Gerald will play the honorable and significant character of Cameahwait, Chief of the Shoshone People, and uncle (brother) of Sacag(j)awea.

1491670_10153958319594605_7801562927171539439_nGerald is a wonderful actor, a man of honor and a deeply spiritual person. When I spoke with him, I knew he saw more than the words on the page as he read the script — he felt the energy, the vibration, the song in the morning that connects us all. He understands Sacajawea’s message…. and he will portray it with strength. We are so blessed to have Gerald play this important character.

See him on IMDB.com: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1370064/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

 

 

 

 

 

Ronald Owen, Windcatcher Composer and Orchestrator

Ron Owen

We are honored to introduce Ronald Owen, the composer and music professional who will be heading up the music team for Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea. Ron’s passion for this project is thrilling as he shares the deepest heart of himself. The music team will include Native Americans and bring together an eclectic sound of the times — drums, flute, wind, animals…. a blend of rich and emotional compositions that will capture us to our very souls. Ron is a Dream Catcher. Read how he has followed his Call:
Dream Catcher Ron Owen —

Over this last year, I’ve had the inspiring opportunity to meet Ronald Owen, a creative and talented film composer andmusic professional. Ron has shared with me his passion for music and how he has built a meaningful career around this passion.

It was on LinkenIn that Ron first approached me about a major epic film project I was promoting. As we connected around the possibilities of his involvement in the project I saw a genuine and imaginative person who had the right motivation in his life. From his powerful musical compositions to his insightful knowing, this artist is following his heart and soul. The film industry is not always an easy road, but as you will see, Ronald Owen has never given up and he will continue to achieve great things. Read Ron’s words and let him inspire you…

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” ~ Plato

Jane Fitzpatrick: What is your background and story?

Ronald Owen: As a Southern Californian native surfing, surprisingly, became my inspiration and path toward a career in music composition. I combined the two at Pepperdine University, Malibu, where I received my B.A. in Music Composition and had the opportunity to study with Hansel Rayner, head of the Music Department and conductor of the Burbank Symphony Orchestra. He taught me the value of learning the music classics and once told me…

“It’s better for a marching band to play Mozart than never play Mozart at all.”

The natural experience of surfing along with the beautiful California vistas remained my inspiration as I continued my formal education at California State University, Northridge, where I received my M.A. in Music Composition.

Having lived and worked in Southern California; Seattle, Washington; Cleveland, Ohio; and now Orlando, Florida, I’m still drawing inspiration from the ocean and I’m challenged by other composers such as Mozart, Ravel or Ralph Vaughan Williams.

JF: How did you get involved in entertainment specifically and why did you make it a career?

RO: As a teenager I enjoyed writing songs for bands I played in, and for youth choral groups that toured during the summer. My first professional opportunity came to me while living in Cleveland when close friends and supporters encouraged me to produce my first stage musical, Mim, at The Public Auditorium. This was the first non-profit company I started, and it opened the door to many more musical projects. I love musicals and desire to use my creative gifts and talents to their fullest extent, this is why I’ve made it my career.

JF: What awards have you received?

RO: The most unexpected award I received was the Dove Award for Instrumental Album of the Year for my original score to the feature film, End Of The Spear. I didn’t even know I had been nominated, but I started to receive congratulatory emails from friends and family, only to find out I had won.

JF: Tell us about the process you’ve been through to garner attention for your work.

RO: Today, Social Media is a huge part of garnering attention. In my journey, I have also established many personal relationships with individuals in the music and entertainment industry by keeping in touch with colleagues and friends. This often brings about referrals and networking. Always make it a priority to maintain friendships and never burn bridges!

JF: Can you tell us about some of the people who have stepped up to support your efforts?

RO: The Martins, who spearheaded my first Board of Directors; The Kools, who launched Requiem for a Young Man; Bob, who hired me as Composer and Music Director for Ben Hur; Kevin, who gave me my first shot at a film score; Dayle, who opened her home for Board Meetings, rehearsals, and previews; Mart and Steve, who entrusted me with the music for an award winning film; Marv and Dave, who hired me as a Director of Production…and finally to my wife and two sons who I owe the most.

JF: What do you see developing in the future? Any further dreams?

RO: Every artist has a passion or a “passion project,” which they can’t let go. For me,Requiem For A Young Man remains my passion. I dream that this project will be produced and taken on a national tour.Requiem is a multi-genre musical stage work that incorporates elements of musical theatre, dance, oratorio, and opera.

I will also be heading up the music team for the spectacular and powerful film production, Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea. The passion and energy around this project is truly inspiring. We will be working closely with Native Americans to create an authentic and vibrant sound that will capture emotions and hearts. The film score will be worthy of Sacajawea and her journey, as seen through her eyes.

JF: How can people learn more about what you’re doing? Website?

RO: Please visitwww.ronaldowenmusic.com;www.yellowbootsmusic.com;
and www.requiemforayoungman.com

JF: Do you have some advice or encouragement for “Dream Catchers” in the entertainment industry?

RO: As artists in the entertainment industry we always have something to say and are eager to give creative expression to our thoughts and ideas. It is equally important to continue to learn and grow. While living in Cleveland, Ohio, I had the privilege to study conducting privately with Jahja Ling, who at that time was the Resident Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra. This is the advice he left to me…

“The point is to listen, to keep listening.”

JF: Do you know of organizations “Dream Catchers” could utilize to further their careers?

RO: Make sure you are affiliated with a professional music organization (ASCAP). They not only help with publishing and broadcasting rights, but provide many helpful seminars and conferences. Attend local, regional, national, and international film festivals whenever possible.

Dream Catcher Ronald Owen