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Riding the wind in Calgary

Photo by Cam Belseth, photographer

The Canadian Rockies around Calgary, Alberta, presented their most glorious views as some members of the Windcatcher team enjoyed four incredible days of scouting.

Our team fell in love with this enchanted place, not only from the landscapes and snow-capped mountains, but also from the Spiritual energy moving through each of us as eagles and hawks crossed our paths. It was, in itself, an experience we will never forget. Indeed, there will never be another “first meeting.” It was life-changing.

 

Thank you to Rick Clark, Co-producer; Blaine Ginther, Consulting Producer; Kaaren Ochoa, Director; Gerald Auger, Co-producer/actor;  Chris Ranney, Co-producer/actor; Cylk Cozart, Co-producer; Jane L. Fitzpatrick, Creative Producer/writer. And, those from Canada, Sherrie Rosen, Canadian Grants and Investor Consultant; Ben Clayton, Chief Canadian Consultant; Steve Gillis, 13, Inc. producer; Cam Belseth, videographer/photographer; and, Edsel Hilchie, Calgary Film Commission.

Photo by Cam Belseth, photographer

Our director was truly in her element as she visualized each scene through these glorious landscapes, and how this magnificent epic drama would play out. It was amazing and mesmerizing just watching her work in the wind!

And, so, it begins…. we have felt the energy and power building around the Windcatcher project for several months now. We’ve walked in belief, knowing we don’t understand everything — but also knowing we don’t have to. We only have to believe it is coming to us. The entire team is moving as one, ready to accomplish something grand for Sacajawea, this determined woman of history. Her story truly has a vital importance in our time, and it is absolutely relevant to the entire world.

Artwork by Rick Clark, Co-producer

Watch for our updates coming very soon as we bring this screenplay to life.

Onward! We have no fear.

 


Windcatcher welcomes Cylk Cozart

From the day we ushered in 2017, the Windcatcher team has seen incredible doors opening all around us. It was like a bonfire burning on the beach in the wind, and we continued to stoke the flame. Now it is March, and we marvel every day at the magic and the miracles unfolding. One of our most cherished miracles is co-producer and actor, Cylk Cozart, an award-winning and talented artist who truly has a sincere and genuine heart, and a love for bringing love to the world.

The first time we spoke to Cylk, we talked of Sacajawea and the spiritual message she calls us to share. He was moved by the story and believed her life would give a voice to those who are crying in the darkness, and to others who need an icon of hope. Cylk understands what drives the Windcatcher team — his heart mirrors our determination to make this story a beacon of opportunity for many. Together we are devoted to proclaiming Oneness, Unity and Love in a world that must now awaken.

Cylk is a fascinating person. His life is a timeline of ups and downs, light and dark, yet, he is carrying truth and light in everything he does. We are humbled to welcome him to the Windcatcher project as a member of the production team and an actor in the film. We invite you to read about Cylk’s life through this moving and powerful biography. I thank him for his willingness to share his journey with us — and to join ours.

Cylk CozArt, was born in the Cherokee Hills of the Great Smokey Mountains, outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. His family was relatively poor and he spent an inordinate amount of his adolescence bouncing between his Cherokee, Native American teenage mother, and his African American father’s family. When Cylk turned 12 years old, the KKK burned two crosses in his yard…..and hung his dog, all because he danced with a white girl at the Elementary school dance.

Cylk learned how to channel the bad things that were happening to him, into positives. His athletic ability in high school football and basketball, led him to several college scholarship offers. After college, he still chased his dream of becoming a pro basketball player, until a foot injury (while playing in the NBA’s Summer Pro League), cut short his very promising NBA career. Cylk then focused his attention on modeling and soon signed with the Michele Pommier agency, in Miami, Florida, and later, New York with the Famous, Wilhelmina Modeling agency.

His love for theatre soon led Cylk to be in two prominent stage plays: Diary of a Black Man and The Big Knife. He trained at the American Repertory Theatre and the Sundance Institute under the tutelage of Robert Redford. He has guest-starred on many TV shows including Sister, Sister; Diagnosis Murder; Walker; Texas Ranger; The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air; Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper; and Any Day Now with Annie Potts; School Daze directed by Spike Lee, and Fire Birds with Nicolas Cage and Tommy Lee Jones. He trained at the American Repertory Theatre and the Sundance Institute under the tutelage of Robert Redford. Soon he appeared in recurring roles on NBC’s Reasonable Doubts with Mark Harmon; ABC’s Gabriel’s Fire with James Earl Jones; and HBO’s Dream On. His feature films have included, Conspiracy Theory with Julia Roberts; 16 Blocks with Bruce Willis; and Eraser with Arnold Schwarzenegger. While playing weekend basketball with friend Denzel Washington, Denzel told Cylk he was perfect for the lead in an upcoming film. A meeting was set between Cylk and Writer/Director, Ron Shelton and within weeks, he found himself co-starring with Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes in the number one film, White Men Can’t Jump. Later, Cylk created and produced the Wave to the World All-Star Celebrity Recording and Video Spirit of Life for the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia, which has earned the prestigious Videographer and Aurora Awards, the NY Film Festival Bronze Award, and the Telly Award.

Even with 600 million+ viewers in the United States alone and over 50 films and television shows to his credit, it is Cylk’s love for children and helping others less fortunate that led him to Hollywood and continues to underscore his reason for being in show business. He has been the spokesperson for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and celebrity representative for the National Make-A-Wish Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, The Lupus Foundation of America, the National Tourette Syndrome Association and The National Indian Council, to name a few. It is his goal across the country to establish CozArts Academy schools and partner with Major Universities, movie Studios and communities to provide opportunities that prepare students of all ethnicities for success in college and beyond.

The Windcatcher production team is truly blessed to be working with Cylk Cozart as we continue to reach for our dreams. Watch for more updates – COMING SOON!

 


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

 

 


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

 

 

 

 

 


Onward!

What an amazing journey as we work every day to connect the right people to this project. It is a story worthy of authenticity and accuracy, with a powerful and positive Spirit surrounding each aspect. We appreciate your prayers and well-wishes as we continue our quest.

We are preparing now for our presentations to investors, historical foundations, Native groups and film professionals. One day we will all rejoice because each and everyone of you have helped contribute to the process through your inspiration and encouragement. This project is literally the journey of a lifetime!

Thank you so much, Jane
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WIndcatcher poster 5 2016

 

 


Award-winning actor, John Savage, joins Windcatcher!

John SavageWe are catching the wind! Our cast welcomes award-winning actor John Savage as “Charbonneau” (Sacajawea’s husband)! Also welcome Oscar Best as “York” (Clark’s servant) and Blanca Blanco as an Associate Producer and the part of “Mama” (a white settler at Fort Manuel Lisa).

Check out our cast on IMDB:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2837492/?ref_=nm_flmg_prd_1
And, watch for a press release soon on these powerful additions to the project!

 

 

 


What a journey we walk…

1 HawkIt’s a trek that is, at times, nearly as adventurous as the Corps of Discovery. We have always chosen to take the road that leads us to authenticity and accuracy, a strong foundation. And, making sure our lady, Sacajawea, is honored and her story protected to the highest degree.

This film deserves to be an epic production and we continue to make the decisions necessary for that to happen. The Windcatcher team is devoted and passionate to not only Sacajawea and her story, but also to Native languages, cultural preservation, and providing internships for Native young people.

Our team of advisers include Native American and Sacajawea experts, liaisons with the tribes, language experts, Lewis and Clark historians, Foundation officials, authors and scholars. It is a distinguished group of professionals who have been devoted over the years to our efforts. Some have provided powerful recommendations and supporting quotes to stand behind this production.

We are very fortunate to be moving closer to pre-production as we know everyone is excited and eager for this film to soon be on the big screen.

While some have had different ideas over the course of this journey, we have always committed, no matter what, to a unique perspective for this production: to stick to the history we know and rely on culture, tradition and her spirit to capture the rest, and give her a voice. That takes tenacity, it takes the right mix of people and passion, it takes a synergy that is called together in the right timing and the right way. And, we are getting there — we are ready to soar!

 


Award-winning actor, Raoul Trujillo, attached to Windcatcher!

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Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea is the film of the decade, bringing a raw beauty of the American west with its magnificent epic nature, cascading mountains, treacherous rivers, iconic characters and real adventure. This movie masterpiece will be compared only to Dances with Wolves, Last of the Mohicans, and the coming-of-age movie Memoirs of Geisha. The film’s production team will include many Native Americans in key positions. And they’ll be casting authentic Native actors for all indigenous roles, making sure this important history is properly represented.

This inspirational independent film project has attracted the talents of industry professionals including the incredible acting abilities of award-winning actor, Raoul Trujillo. Raoul is best known for his character, Zero Wolf, the Mayan villain in Apocalypto, directed by Mel Gibson. In the “Windcatcher” film he will be portraying an adapted character of history as a chief of the Hidatsa tribe, White Eagle.

 

Raoul’s career has spanned over 30 years as an actor, choreographer, director and dancer. He was a soloist with the Nikolais Dance Theatre out of New York City, and toured the world from 1980-1987. He directed and choreographed projects for Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto, the Repertory Dance Theatre of Utah, and he taught at the Aboriginal Dance Project at the Banff Center for the Arts in Canada.

Raoul’s past film projects have included: Black Robe, The New World, Apocalypto, Cowboys & Aliens, Riddick with Van Diesel, and his newest film, Persecuted, among many others. He brings an exciting depth-of-character and vibrant talent to the Windcatcher production.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/WindcatcherFilms/?ref=br_tf

Raoul Trujillo on IMDB.com


Windcatcher focuses on Native American filmmakers

This journey we travel is, without a doubt, the most amazing yet cantankerous trail we’ve ever experienced.  It is a mixture of harsh reality in a literal world and a spirituality that truly blows us away at every turn. We are honored to be apart of this mosaic – and feel we are just a piece of the puzzle that once put together, will be so flowing with wisdom and power that each of us who touch this woman’s life, will never be that same.

One of the motivations of this project is the commitment to get it right.  To bring to life native culture and characters, authentic words and actions that depict the indigenous people of that time period in the most believable and accurate way.  And, more importantly, to beautifully present the “person” of Sacajawea so we deeply connect to who she was, how she lived, and what she felt — yes, a human being we all will want to love and remember.

The most vital and inspiring purpose of this Windcatcher project is to lift up and honor the proud heritage that flows through the blood of Native people.  And, to recognize it by selecting Native Americans to be apart of the production team in key positions, including producers, actors and crew.  The opportunities are astounding for Native film professionals, not just through the feature film, Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea, but also the documentary, JOURNEY of a Windcatcher.

With Windcatcher Entertainment, and our invaluable Native Youth Film Internship program, we intend to give inspiration to the next generation of magic makers.  We encourage native women to get involved in their dreams, especially if their dreams are in film.  In addition, young men will have the opportunity to explore aspects of the movie industry and further their careers.

With Sacajawea as our focal point, we respect and honor women of Native cultures who are considered givers-of-life, healers, visionaries, and they are the vessels that carry history forward so the stories are told. Sacajawea certainly fits this description, for her contributions were many as a mother and a friend; interpreter and a guide. Her hands and handiwork are woven perfectly into the fabric of life even today, and we are eager to bring this mentor and role model to the spotlight for all to know!


Little Pomp is born… Happy Birthday baby boy!

February 11, 1805 — We celebrate the birth of Sacajawea’s son, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, nicknamed “Pomp” by Captain Clark.  Here’s the scene of his birth from Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea.

 

 

 

INT. CHARBONNEAU’S QUARTERS — NIGHT

Wind whistles and sleet chatters outside.  Exhausted, Sacajawea struggles to raise her head, screaming in agony. She looks with terror into Otter Woman’s eyes.

Otter Woman throws off the furs covering Sacajawea’s legs.  She moves around the bed, propping up her knees on each side.  The woman rubs a wolf pelt around the girl’s stomach bringing another contraction.  Sacajawea screams.

With determination, Lewis bolts through the door and moves to the bed table.  He crushes the rattlesnake rattle with a mortar and pestle then dumps the powder into a cup of water.  Otter Woman watches with indignation.

Lewis motions for Otter Woman to help sit Sacajawea up — she drinks the potion.

Sacajawea lies back as the older woman rubs her stomach again with the pelt, round and round until another contraction takes hold.  Sacajawea looks with wide eyes at her friend — something is different, she begins to push.

Otter Woman drops the fur to the floor by the bed and points to Lewis, motioning for him to help Sacajawea squat, her legs on either side of the fur.

Another pain.  Lewis holds Sacajawea firm as she pushes hard.  Otter Woman sits on the floor in front of the girl.

OTTER WOMAN

Push, your child comes.

Sacajawea bears down.  She pushes with all her might, her head is back, shaking.  Steam rises from her sweaty hair, her eyes are clenched.

Lewis’ eyes fill with tears as he watches the girl’s pain.  He holds her quivering body close as Otter Woman reaches for the child.

One more push — excruciating, bearing down…

No one breathes, when…


EXT. THE PRAIRIE – NIGHT

A wolf stands poised against the moonlight, his long howl breaks into the silence.


INT. CHARBONNEAU’S QUARTERS – NIGHT

And…

… a small, sweet cry fills the room.

Sacajawea collapses into Lewis’ arms as Otter Woman cuts the cord.  The captain lays her on the bed and covers her with furs.

Otter Woman chants as she lifts the crying child — steam rises from his wet body wrapped in the wolf pelt.  She turns toward Lewis’ anticipation.  The captain’s face is overcome with joy.

 

 

 


Undaunted!

Out my window I see an unusual sight this morning, a cloudy, gray LA sky. But, it does put me in a reflective, literary mood. It’s very hard to write a blog about a film project without being able to share what is really happening. When all is in place and we are “rockin’ and rollin’” I will be so thrilled to blog about the process — and you will be amazed. What a journey, what a mountain, what an undaunted expedition!

I’ve watched, with disappointment and elation, the pieces of this “windswept” puzzle blow in every direction over the past few years. But, now those pieces are slowly and gently floating to earth, beginning to land in perfect order for our beautiful masterpiece. Oh, but the floating is still so, so, so very slow… {{{deep breath}}}

This will be (and is) one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. I have realized many things through the process. One of the most cherished ways Sacajawea’s story has touched me is through the respect and love I have felt for the Indigenous people of this great land. My hope is that her life will bring awareness to Native Americans and their plight, and to all other Americans, by shedding light on the many wrongs that we must strive to make right. This story will help us see. Her life will be a beacon to us all.

Keep watching for updates here and on facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/WindcatcherFilms/?ref=ts&fref=ts

I leave you today with this quote that truly is at the core of my motivation:

“For generations we have heard of this brave woman and how she was included in the Lewis and Clark expedition to the Pacific. But, by creating her image and personality, her character and her soul, we’ve moved past the legend and established the biological Sacajawea. This is a great responsibility because this is the person we’ll all remember going forward.”
                                                                 ~Jane L. Fitzpatrick, on Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea