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Gerald Auger Key Note Speaker at CFAR

Gerald Auger, Windcatcher’s Chief Cameahwait, was honored & humbled this week to be a part of the Circle for Aboriginal Relations Conference, 2017. Gerald was the Key Note speaker at the event. His words were well-received as he offered insight about the Indigenous heroine – Sacajawea. When he spoke about the production of Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea, people were moved and truly excited about the film — a film that will absolutely make cinematic history.

CFAR Society Mission Statement
Our simple, focused mission statement is: To provide leadership in Aboriginal, government and industry relations by creating a circle to foster a broad understanding of different perspectives. CFAR facilitates the development of trust, respect and credibility among our membership and with others.

The Windcatcher team supports CFAR and their important and vital efforts to reach out and make a difference.

 


The story unfolds before our eyes…

While in Canada a few weeks ago, we came across many locations that seemed to rise directly from the Windcatcher screenplay. One day to the next turned the pages of our vision, as we moved from plains to rivers to snow-capped peaks. The story, the journey, literally unfolded before our eyes… it was thrilling to see!

ONWARD! We soar!

 


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.

 


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

 

 


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!


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.

Give HOPE for Christmas! Pledge to support a dream!

 

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