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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!

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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.

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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

 


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 Welcomes Atty Stefan Feuerherdt

What a privilege to work with a professional and inspiring team. Please welcome our Entertainment Attorney, Stefan Feuerherdt.

Atty Stefan FeuerherdtStefan 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.

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Windcatcher on The Jupiter Rising Show

Eileen Grimes, Jane L. Fitzpatrick and Meredith Froemke

Eileen Grimes, Jane L. Fitzpatrick and Meredith Froemke, The Jupiter Rising Show 1150KKNW.com

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!

Janey

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What a message her story brings!

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.

 

 


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!

 


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!


Screenplay Synopsis

Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea 

Salmon RiverThe 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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Never, ever, ever give up on your Dream!

 


Windcatcher Production Team

What an amazing team we have around this powerful production. We will soon be adding more talent to this group, so watch for updates very soon!  I just want to thank everyone who has so faithfully supported the feature film production, Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea. Your encouragement and enthusiasm continues to lift us as we step ever closer to our dreams — to HER dream! Someday soon we will all share the life of this brave woman, Sacajawea.

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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.

Opportunity and talent are two words that can set the world on fire.  But, “Opportunity” is foremost because so many people grow up with amazing talent, Creator-given, yet never have an opportunity to achieve and reach their potential.  When this happens the world misses out.
Sacajawea’s life was lived with disappointment. The opportunities she had as a young woman in her tribe were ripped away from her when she was kidnapped at 12 years old.  Yet, her story is one of Hope, as we move closer to pre-production!  Opening a door for Native American youth is something that truly makes her Spirit soar.

Last week I had a productive and interesting experience meeting with the marketing directors of casinos in north/central California. I was really moved by the interest I saw and was able to retrieve valuable information to help us develop this program into something that is both rewarding for our interns and also for the organizations and individuals who step forward to support them.
Their positive enthusiasm for our concept and goals was filled with accolades and several things stood out as being invaluable to a Native youth who otherwise would never be able to have this experience. 1) Being taught on set by A-list moviemakers, 2) Being able to film a scene for an epic feature film and documentary, 3) Having their names listed in the credits of these international productions, 4) Attending red-carpet and film festival events!
In addition, consensus was, there are just not enough people in this world who are willing to lift up individuals to help them better their lives. Each person I spoke with voiced how they are positive our program will do just that.  They were also thrilled about the feature film production, Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea, saying it is long overdue.
It was your willingness to help with our outreach that made our meetings last week a success. Because of the incredible response we received we are planning to continue our outreach on an ongoing basis, presenting to casinos and corporations all across the country, who have a heart for Hope.
Helping one person can effect change, and in fact, one youth who has a new BELIEF in their path and their talents, will empower the FAITH they need to walk in SELF-CONFIDENCE.  That alone will change the world.  Please know every dollar you give will make a difference.  Thank you.

It’s a journey of our discovery…

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.

Yours,
Janey


Windcatcher Nominated for Film Festival, BEST PERIOD PIECE Screenplay

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!

 


The true heart of a legend

True heart of a legend

All around the world, from the four winds, people are unique in their own ways.  Their love for their heritage and traditions, and the powerful bonds that bind them together over generations, are the very threads that run through their descendants.

Sacajawea’s story is an important part of the bond that now blends us all together, not only Agai’dika Shoshone people but all Nations and citizens of these United States.  Her life is one of tenacity, sorrow, strength and joy and that makes Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea relevant for our time period, and a beacon of hope for us all.

It has always been my deepest motivation to create a story around this legend that brings justice to her voice.  She had a voice.  She prayed, she cried, she felt the wind in her hair and knew she was not alone even in her pain.  This woman stood up for herself and stated her opinion and she was a gentle mother to her child.  She is a legend, but she also deserves to be understood and known as flesh and blood.

I will always admit I do not know first-hand what is at the heart of the Native American people.  I want to know, but it would be wrong of me to say I do.  That is why I have devoted the last 10 years of my life to counsel with her people and other Native Americans, listening to historians, learning about the world at the time she lived, and continuing to bring credible advisers around me — those who truly know.

We are moving closer every day to bringing this story to life.  All the players add something unique to the message, and they each understand the vision.  We are firm in our quest to create this incredible story as an Independent film.  With that, we’re able to include all the contributions and knowledge of so many people, to assure Sacajawea keeps her voice true and genuine.

Thank you all for your inspiration and support for this effort.  You are very important to the success of this project and we will continue to enlighten you about each and every rewarding step of the journey.

Yours,

Jane


Take flight, catch the wind… and soar!

I have never in my life imagined there would be this intensity and outpouring of interest and love for this woman, Sacajawea.  She is already bringing together people from across the United States and Canada, as well as those in Europe and other countries around the world who want to be involved by following this production.

We want to encourage you to visit our sites frequently for updates as we head into a time of amazement.  We are very close to moving forward into the next steps of the journey with our powerful A-list production team.

Here are the things you can do to further awareness of this important and powerful production:

1)       Add friends you think would want to be a part of the Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea group on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/WindcatcherFilms/?fref=ts , and fill in their names at “add people to the group.”

2)      Keep up-to-date here on the official website www.WindcatcherTheMovie.com and make comments on our posts.

We know Sacajawea’s story will have a huge impact on our world!  You are part of the journey.   Let’s take flight, catch the wind … and soar!

Thank you, everyone,

Jane


On eagle’s wings…

April 6, 1789  – According to the Farmers Almanac, Sacajawea is born

The dawn is coming….

Our Production Team is dedicated to making this movie with the authenticity it deserves and the spirit it embodies.   We are literally flying with the eagles.  “She” is moving us, leading us and guiding us to bring her life to the world.

Keep watching for details, we have amazing energy and wonderful things are on the horizon!  We are taking flight!

225 years old and we are finally telling her story!

According to The Writer’s Almanac, this is the birthday and life span of Sacajawea.

“It’s the birthday of the Shoshone woman Sacajawea, born in Idaho (sometime around 1789). She was kidnapped at age 10 by the Hidatsa tribe, sold into slavery, and bought by a French-Canadian trapper who made her one of his two wives. When Lewis and Clark hired the trapper to guide them to the Pacific, Sacajawea — a teenager with her two-month-old baby on her back — was part of the package. She accompanied the party to the Pacific Ocean and back, acting as their interpreter. She could speak half a dozen Indian languages, she told them which plants were edible, and, William Clark said, tribes were inclined to believe that their party was friendly when they saw Sacajawea because a war party would never travel with a woman, especially one with a baby.

When the trip was over, Sacajawea’s husband got $500 and 320 acres of land. She died in December 1812, of a “fever,” at the age of 23. Clark legally adopted her two children — the boy who had been a baby on the expedition, Jean Baptiste, and an infant daughter, Lisette.”
~ The Writer’s Almanac • 04.06.14

Thank you all for your support of this long and arduous journey,

Jane