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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.

 


Dance with us in the wind

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.

 


Windcatcher welcomes Cylk Cozart

From the day we ushered in 2017, the Windcatcher team has seen incredible doors opening all around us. It was like a bonfire burning on the beach in the wind, and we continued to stoke the flame. Now it is March, and we marvel every day at the magic and the miracles unfolding. One of our most cherished miracles is Executive 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!

 


New Interview about the Windcatcher

WINDCATCHER INTERVIEW — It was my pleasure last week to sit down with Michelle Dunton, the creator of a wonderful YouTube channel she calls, “Writing Fun.” Michelle is a genuine person and I was very blessed by her warm character and welcoming nature.

The interview tells about the Windcatcher journey and how Spirit is so much a part of the Call, whether it’s Sacajawea’s life or ours.

 

 

 

I invite you to listen to the Windcatcher story. Please feel free to share the link with others. We continue to spread Sacajawea’s life and her message around the world.

CLICK TO HEAR THE INTERVIEW

Thank you, so very much.
Jane

Comments by Co-Producer, Rick Clark on LinkedIn —
Wow ! This was an amazing amazing interview Jane with Mrs Michelle Dunton👍⭐️ – even though I’ve heard the story many times it still brings tears to my eyes – it just confirms again why all of us have been drawn to this incredible story that will soon in my view become an epic movie that will impact the world right now where we are at in humanity. I’ve turned down movie after movie over 20 years but this is not a movie you sit down and eat your popcorn and go home but rather it enhances an important part of history that must be shared from Sacajawea’s eyes . I encourage everyone to listen to this amazing interview. Potential new Financial Investors and a Major Independent Studio have come forward and so I’m sharing this with all today !! Awesome job Jane ⭐️. When you’re getting that Oscar I think we all will be just a total crying mess of happy tears 🙏🌈

 


Let the magic begin in 2017!

 

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

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

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

 


Nationally recognized executive joins Windcatcher

Rick Clark, Co-producer

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.

Jane

 


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 Shoshone 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.

 

Windcatcher Entertainment Production
info@WindcatcherEntertainment.com

 


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


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!

 


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


The Windcatcher Team is growing!

View our movie profile on IMDb.com at:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2837492/combined


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


Languages of the heart

The language of the People… “Makes my heart soar like a hawk.”
~ Chief Dan George

 

The production team for Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea is working everyday to make contacts and ultimately bring together those people who  will drive this epic film to completion.  Powerful  passion and energy surround this incredible story.  From actors and regalia makers to historians and linguists, we are catching the wind.

Linguistics is one of the most important aspects of the production, since eight languages are spoken throughout the script’s journey.  It is our intent to maintain their authenticity, showing the true challenges of communication the group experienced.   Shoshone, Nez Perce, Clatsop, Hidatsa, Mandan, French, English and universal sign language are all spoken in this film.

One of the beauties of Windcatcher is the opportunity it provides to share diversity and tradition in the most natural way.  The depth of emotion we feel as we connect to their world helps us understand this difficult time period, the indigenous people and the many broad cultures.  It helps us relate to the exquisite and unique lives they lived in 1805.  We hope it will help Native Americans to have a new awareness and love for their beautiful heritage. We hope it will help all Americans to see this country for what it was, and is, and how much better it can become.

Wado (thank you),

Jane

 

 


The Windcatcher Team…

Ten years ago I began this incredible Journey of Discovery.  I have tried to bring together like-minded, like-spirited people who share my passion for this woman in our history who means so much, to so many.

The caretakers of this powerful story have realized a great responsibility.  While I’ve been careful to keep those people who will cherish and protect it, I also know without a doubt that “she” is selecting, “she” is leading — yes, “she” is calling the right people together who will give life to her journey by keeping history and tradition true.

On two occasions, I met with the Agai’dika Shoshone, Sacajawea’s people.  The Shoshone liaison, Leo Ariwite, has been truly wonderful in helping us connect to the right people for authenticity of culture and language.  There are also others who have been drawn to the Windcatcher.  Historians, linguists, film executives, casting and location professionals, talented musicians, stunt people and special effects experts, directors and actors, and many Native American communities  who have been so supportive of our efforts.

Soon we will all come together in perfect harmony, to create an epic film that will literally stir the “heart and soul” of humanity.  We need this story; we need to understand as a nation, we need a worthy heroine.

I am so grateful for everyone who has supported this project either professionally, or personally.  We are making it happen together with our awesome production team.  Thank you so very much.

Yours always,
Jane

 


Book Jane L. Fitzpatrick at your next event to share how she met the “Windcatcher” on her own Journey of Discovery.


Undaunted!

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

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

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

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

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

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


Human Wisdom…

“All human wisdom is summed up in two words – wait and hope.” ~Alexandre Dumas Père

After returning home to Washington for a short trip to visit with family and friends, I am now eager to get back to Los Angeles. It’s been a great trip and a good time to go since patience is still our main goal as we progress slowly toward pre-production of this epic “Windcatcher” film.

Our work over the last few months has yielded an array of talented people who are eager to support and commit to the project. We are getting close, but are not quite there.

Being in L.A. has presented opportunities and get-togethers with people I never thought I would meet. Doors have opened and A-list talented people are interested.  We are eagerly awaiting the next steps. The Native American community and those close to this story are wonderfully supportive and ready to make it happen. And, the Lewis and Clark historians are enthusiastically on-board to help in any way they can. In a sentence: “The table is set, now everyone must come to tea.”

So, in our patience we ask for your best wishes and continued support for Sacajawea and her amazing story. Thank you all for being with us. If “waiting” and “hoping” are indications of wisdom, well my team and I must be very, very wise!

Yours,
Jane


Climbing the Mountain


“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”  ~Edmund Hillary

After writing Windcatcher for four years and pitching it another five, I realized recently that to be fully committed to my dream I had to stretch myself.  It meant leaving my family for a time and taking a huge leap of faith.

Now, if you had known me years ago, this “leap” would have been the last thing I would have done.  I was a home-body, totally content to plant my garden, cook and clean, and write my stories and poems.  I would never have considered taking off on my own to follow my dream.

But, this willingness was a process that started in 1988,  and, ironically, it was Sacajawea’s spirit that was calling me even then.  We lived in Bozeman, Montana, and one Saturday morning (May 20, 1989), I decided to get in the car and head out to Three Forks at the headwaters of the Missouri River —  all alone.  Matthew, my husband,  was encouraging — I think he liked that I was doing something outside the box.  Little did I know that I was about to meet the spirit of this brave woman.

Three Forks was where Sacajawea was kidnapped from her people in about 1800.  I had been fascinated with her all my life, but that stretching of myself to connect to her, was the beginning of where I am today.

I’m sitting here now, writing in my rented room near Los Angeles, CA.  I have met with the most incredibly talented  people  —  people I never, ever thought  I would meet.  I’ve had the warmest conversations and opportunities to share how Sacajawea has inspired me and how this story came to be.  I know this film will be produced for all to see, around the world, because she will have it no other way.  She is pushing me to climb.  It truly is not the “mountain” we conquer, but ourselves.

Matthew continues to look at me with encouragement and unceasingly supports my stretching outside the box. His enlightened mind has been a driving force over the last nine years of this project and he just keeps inspiring me.

I guess this post is a little more personal than the others.  It’s probably because I miss my family.  But, this cause is worthy and my hope is that you will wrap your arms around me because it is, in fact, “we” who will make this happen.

Thank you all so very much.

Jane


Windcatcher Production Team

 

The Producers ~

The Windcatcher producers have a passion for cinema and a sincere interest in portraying a historically accurate rendition of Native American history.  We believe this film will help inspire movie-goers to discover tribal American history and appreciate the contributions made by the indigenous people of early America.

The Windcatcher Project

The legendary mystery of Sacajawea has transcended through time until now.  Jane has written this screenplay in a way that has garnered the respect and attention from Lewis & Clark historians, veteran producers, film maker professionals, actors, musicians, and most importantly, the Shoshone people and other Native American communities.

David Borlaug, President of the Fort Mandan Foundation: “Because this screenplay is so closely in alignment with the history without sacrificing the drama of the events, we are prepared to assist in any way we can to see the film become a reality.“

Landon Y. Jones, Author of The Essential Lewis and Clark (2000) & William Clark and the Shaping of the West (2004): “Jane L. Fitzpatrick has given us an interpretation of Sacajawea’s character that is credible, convincing, and compelling and will be supported by serious scholars.”

This project is about the Windcatcher, Sacajawea, and her quest to reveal the meaning and impact of her life. It is a spiritual journey, both hers and ours.

Our Production Team