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.
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.
Watch for our updates coming very soon as we bring this screenplay to life.
Onward! We have no fear.
Let us look outside ourselves… outside our every day. Let us allow ourselves to wonder at life — at the rolling thunder across the night, at the intricate patterns and synergies in all things, at the bonds of love in nature. What must we do to pull our attention away from the surface — to become that which holds us in our deepest place. A place many have forgotten…
There once was girl in 1805, who walked in her beauty and in her belief. Her Indigenous culture and traditions taught her that she was loved and important, and a caretaker of the earth. It gave her the understanding that she was not separate, but One.
Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea holds a timeless message for a hurting world. It has journeyed far to come to us, and we are privileged in this generation to finally see and know the heart of a great spirit. As the story unfolds before us, Sacajawea’s eyes will reveal a sense of mystery, her character will define a relevant truth, and from her deepest, darkest cave, we’ll learn about the power of Light.
We invite you to fall in love with a woman from the ages. She accompanied the men of the Lewis and Clark expedition — but this is not a story about the explorers. Rather, it is a story about a woman who illuminated her world. A survivor, a healer, a heroine and a mother who loved with a passion. This powerful, spiritual person of history continues to shine…
Coming Soon! You will see the characters come into being, and a harrowing adventure that will take you to somewhere else. Let our wings rise on the air, let us soar across the clouds… yes, come dance with us in the wind.
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!
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…
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,
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!
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
With 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.
I 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.
Please 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.
We 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.
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.
Gerald 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.
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;
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
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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What a privilege to work with a professional and inspiring team. Please welcome our Entertainment Attorney, Stefan Feuerherdt.
Stefan Feuerherdt is an experienced multidisciplinary attorney, freelance writer, and legal instructor from the Portland, Oregon area. He is interested in the intersection between the arts and law, and in helping and promoting students and practitioners of both. Feuerherdt works with creative professionals to navigate past legal issues in getting their art to the marketplace.
Attorney Feuerherdt is in the process of creating the company, Windcatcher The Movie, LLC for the Windcatcher production. He is committed to taking this important project to its completion by providing all aspects of legal representation, contract negotiations, film documents, and to assure professional legal protection for the screenplay, copyrights, film rights, budget and all phases of production through post production and the film’s distribution.
With his background in writing and film, he brings a depth of experience to this project that empowers his legal knowledge, establishing a strong foundation at the heart of this epic project.
The Windcatcher production team welcomes Attorney Stefan Feuerherdt. As we move through our development phase and into pre-production, unfold opportunities for young Native Americans who have aspirations for a film career, and kick this project into high gear, we are confident he will guide the legal aspects to help create a production that is solid and credible.
Bringing Sacajawea’s film project home to the Pacific Northwest has opened up many doors as we keep walking toward our goals. People here have a deep passion for this story and this person of history, for it is their history, too. Yesterday I was honored to be a guest on the Seattle radio show, The Jupiter Rising Show, with hosts Meredith Froemke and my dear friend, Eileen Grimes, and Sandra Johnston.
With the cityscape in view through a big picture window I waited for my introduction, contemplating what to say, how to say it, and feeling a little nervous yet excited to share about the journey and this Call on my life to tell her story.
Just like the other times I’ve been asked to talk about Windcatcher, something took over my words — for the vision is clear. I am always grateful for this. I invite you to listen to the interview here, and post your comments and questions. Or, if you are interested in being a part of this epic project through funding, please let us know at: info@WindcatcherEntertainment.com
Thank you Eileen, Sandra and Meredith, it was a wonderfully inspiring time!
Through the eyes of this person of history, Sacajawea ….we see why she came and what she brought us. She changed her own world, and therefore, changed ours. There are lessons for us in her story.
What are the chances that over 200 years later we would remember this woman who was really just a little girl? But we do, because she had the Spirit within her that made a difference.
She is not unlike each of us if we would just believe we have the power within, for we are worthy and important. With that belief, with that faith, with that self-confidence, with that knowing — the world will be changed.
It’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!
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!
Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea
The year is 1800, at the headwaters of the Missouri River. BOINAIR, a 12-year-old Shoshone girl celebrates her initiation into womanhood. Her husband is chosen; her future is bright. But, after the ceremony her village is attacked by Hidatsa warriors determined to take women and children. The girl is torn from those she loves and given the Hidatsa name SACAJAWEA, for the spirit of the eagle that leads her.
In early 1803, President THOMAS JEFFERSON commissions his secretary, MERIWETHER LEWIS to lead an expedition to the Pacific Ocean. By June, WILLIAM CLARK joins the Corps of Discovery.
At the same time, Sacajawea, now a Hidatsa slave, is traded for a gun to a brutish French trapper, CHARBONNEAU. Soon, she is pregnant with his son.
By November 1804, the Corps of Discovery arrives at the Hidatsa village searching for an interpreter to negotiate for Shoshone horses to cross the mountains. In this exploration that will birth a nation, Sacajawea sees a way home…
Through horrendous weather, starvation and the constant threat of death the Corps finally reaches the Shoshone village. Sacajawea is reunited with her uncle, CAMEAHWAIT, and her betrothed. But, her joy and the dream of coming home are dashed, when her love will not allow her to stay because she belongs to the white man.
So, in his wisdom, Cameahwait sets a new purpose for his niece. Though devastated and heartsick, Sacajawea accepts what seems an unhappy fate — not yet realizing her true destiny is before her…
The soldiers marvel at their luck, knowing they have horses because of Sacajawea. If only President Jefferson knew the door to his dream of expansion, and the future of a modern world, is now open because of a 16 year old Indian girl.
This is a story that has never been told. It is a powerful, epic drama about an icon of the American west – Sacajawea, the Windcatcher.
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Once again, I want to thank all of you for your monetary support and your “heart” support for this dynamic and worthwhile internship program, Native Youth Film Internship.
This journey we are on has taken twists and turns, tested our patience and tenacity, and convinced us that this project, Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea, is much more than any of us had ever imagined.
When I started up this path, I didn’t know what to expect. I only knew, while sitting alone on a plateau in Three Forks, Montana, May 20, 1989, I heard a voice in my ear that said, “I want you to write my story.” It wasn’t a loud voice, more like a thought from somewhere else, but it was not to be ignored. Though I made an attempt to write it as a book at the time, I wasn’t ready spiritually to really begin. In fact, it wasn’t until 2003, when my daughter, Jerah, was heading to California to film school, and she told me to take out that story and write it into a screenplay.
Over the four years it took for me to listen to that spiritual voice, and to create this woman who wanted her story told, I was helped by my daughter, my husband and my script analyst, with ideas, character format, script structure and inspiration, that eventually allowed this story, from a first-time screenwriter, to become a reality in 2007.
The journey has been long, with much sacrifice, and here we are now in November, 2013. In just the last six months, I have truly become aware of the depth and breadth of this project. It is so much more than a movie. In fact, it is so spiritually powerful, we are also producing a documentary, Journey of a Windcatcher, that goes deeper into how this story came to be, how spirit is part of the journey, how lives have unbelievably intersected along the path and how the words of the script miraculously reveal meanings of a Native message that calls us all together through hope and love.
I am overflowing with gratitude for those professionals who have been drawn to these projects. The Windcatcher Team is devoted to the Spirit that is guiding us. We are flying high to incredible heights, passing the clouds, the stars and the sun! Everyone who experiences this trilogy of inspiring projects, will never be the same.
Watch for more announcements very soon, as we move closer to production every day! And, thank you for your devotion to following the path with us — this journey of OUR discovery.
Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea has recently been Selected and Nominated for the BEST PERIOD PIECE Screenplay at the Action On Film International Film Festival. It’s a very exciting time for the Windcatcher team as we move closer to the production of this inspirational and important film.
Watch for updates on this website coming soon!