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!
The Canadian Rockies around Calgary, Alberta, presented their most glorious views as some members of the Windcatcher team enjoyed four incredible days of scouting.
Our team fell in love with this enchanted place, not only from the landscapes and snow-capped mountains, but also from the Spiritual energy moving through each of us as eagles and hawks crossed our paths. It was, in itself, an experience we will never forget. Indeed, there will never be another “first meeting.” It was life-changing.
Thank you to Rick Clark, Co-producer; Blaine Ginther, Consulting Producer; Kaaren Ochoa, Director; Gerald Auger, Co-producer/actor; Chris Ranney, Co-producer/actor; Cylk Cozart, Co-producer; Jane L. Fitzpatrick, Creative Producer/writer. And, those from Canada, Sherrie Rosen, Canadian Grants and Investor Consultant; Ben Clayton, Chief Canadian Consultant; Steve Gillis, 13, Inc. producer; Cam Belseth, videographer/photographer; and, Edsel Hilchie, Calgary Film Commission.
Our director was truly in her element as she visualized each scene through these glorious landscapes, and how this magnificent epic drama would play out. It was amazing and mesmerizing just watching her work in the wind!
And, so, it begins…. we have felt the energy and power building around the Windcatcher project for several months now. We’ve walked in belief, knowing we don’t understand everything — but also knowing we don’t have to. We only have to believe it is coming to us. The entire team is moving as one, ready to accomplish something grand for Sacajawea, this determined woman of history. Her story truly has a vital importance in our time, and it is absolutely relevant to the entire world.
Watch for our updates coming very soon as we bring this screenplay to life.
Onward! We have no fear.
Let us look outside ourselves… outside our every day. Let us allow ourselves to wonder at life — at the rolling thunder across the night, at the intricate patterns and synergies in all things, at the bonds of love in nature. What must we do to pull our attention away from the surface — to become that which holds us in our deepest place. A place many have forgotten…
There once was girl in 1805, who walked in her beauty and in her belief. Her Indigenous culture and traditions taught her that she was loved and important, and a caretaker of the earth. It gave her the understanding that she was not separate, but One.
Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea holds a timeless message for a hurting world. It has journeyed far to come to us, and we are privileged in this generation to finally see and know the heart of a great spirit. As the story unfolds before us, Sacajawea’s eyes will reveal a sense of mystery, her character will define a relevant truth, and from her deepest, darkest cave, we’ll learn about the power of Light.
We invite you to fall in love with a woman from the ages. She accompanied the men of the Lewis and Clark expedition — but this is not a story about the explorers. Rather, it is a story about a woman who illuminated her world. A survivor, a healer, a heroine and a mother who loved with a passion. This powerful, spiritual person of history continues to shine…
Coming Soon! You will see the characters come into being, and a harrowing adventure that will take you to somewhere else. Let our wings rise on the air, let us soar across the clouds… yes, come dance with us in the wind.
From the day we ushered in 2017, the Windcatcher team has seen incredible doors opening all around us. It was like a bonfire burning on the beach in the wind, and we continued to stoke the flame. Now it is March, and we marvel every day at the magic and the miracles unfolding. One of our most cherished miracles is co-producer and actor, Cylk Cozart, an award-winning and talented artist who truly has a sincere and genuine heart, and a love for bringing love to the world.
The first time we spoke to Cylk, we talked of Sacajawea and the spiritual message she calls us to share. He was moved by the story and believed her life would give a voice to those who are crying in the darkness, and to others who need an icon of hope. Cylk understands what drives the Windcatcher team — his heart mirrors our determination to make this story a beacon of opportunity for many. Together we are devoted to proclaiming Oneness, Unity and Love in a world that must now awaken.
Cylk is a fascinating person. His life is a timeline of ups and downs, light and dark, yet, he is carrying truth and light in everything he does. We are humbled to welcome him to the Windcatcher project as a member of the production team and an actor in the film. We invite you to read about Cylk’s life through this moving and powerful biography. I thank him for his willingness to share his journey with us — and to join ours.
Cylk CozArt, was born in the Cherokee Hills of the Great Smokey Mountains, outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. His family was relatively poor and he spent an inordinate amount of his adolescence bouncing between his Cherokee, Native American teenage mother, and his African American father’s family. When Cylk turned 12 years old, the KKK burned two crosses in his yard…..and hung his dog, all because he danced with a white girl at the Elementary school dance.
Cylk learned how to channel the bad things that were happening to him, into positives. His athletic ability in high school football and basketball, led him to several college scholarship offers. After college, he still chased his dream of becoming a pro basketball player, until a foot injury (while playing in the NBA’s Summer Pro League), cut short his very promising NBA career. Cylk then focused his attention on modeling and soon signed with the Michele Pommier agency, in Miami, Florida, and later, New York with the Famous, Wilhelmina Modeling agency.
His love for theatre soon led Cylk to be in two prominent stage plays: Diary of a Black Man and The Big Knife. He trained at the American Repertory Theatre and the Sundance Institute under the tutelage of Robert Redford. He has guest-starred on many TV shows including Sister, Sister; Diagnosis Murder; Walker; Texas Ranger; The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air; Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper; and Any Day Now with Annie Potts; School Daze directed by Spike Lee, and Fire Birds with Nicolas Cage and Tommy Lee Jones. He trained at the American Repertory Theatre and the Sundance Institute under the tutelage of Robert Redford. Soon he appeared in recurring roles on NBC’s Reasonable Doubts with Mark Harmon; ABC’s Gabriel’s Fire with James Earl Jones; and HBO’s Dream On. His feature films have included, Conspiracy Theory with Julia Roberts; 16 Blocks with Bruce Willis; and Eraser with Arnold Schwarzenegger. While playing weekend basketball with friend Denzel Washington, Denzel told Cylk he was perfect for the lead in an upcoming film. A meeting was set between Cylk and Writer/Director, Ron Shelton and within weeks, he found himself co-starring with Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes in the number one film, White Men Can’t Jump. Later, Cylk created and produced the Wave to the World All-Star Celebrity Recording and Video Spirit of Life for the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia, which has earned the prestigious Videographer and Aurora Awards, the NY Film Festival Bronze Award, and the Telly Award.
Even with 600 million+ viewers in the United States alone and over 50 films and television shows to his credit, it is Cylk’s love for children and helping others less fortunate that led him to Hollywood and continues to underscore his reason for being in show business. He has been the spokesperson for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and celebrity representative for the National Make-A-Wish Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, The Lupus Foundation of America, the National Tourette Syndrome Association and The National Indian Council, to name a few. It is his goal across the country to establish CozArts Academy schools and partner with Major Universities, movie Studios and communities to provide opportunities that prepare students of all ethnicities for success in college and beyond.
The Windcatcher production team is truly blessed to be working with Cylk Cozart as we continue to reach for our dreams. Watch for more updates – COMING SOON!
There are so many events in my life that don’t make sense in my mind, when it comes to the Windcatcher project. I didn’t realize it at first, I just knew I had to write the story. But when I began to look closer, there had been an uncanny number of circumstances and details guiding and leading me, even before I could listen to them.
The first one was the day I was born. We lived in Richland, Washington, along the Columbia River where the expedition came through in 1805. For some reason, my parents named me Jane (Janie/Janey — This was the name William Clark gave to Sacajawea because he couldn’t pronounce her name). This would not seem unusual, nor would the fact that our dearest family friends were the Brattons, descendants of Private William Bratton a member of the Corps of Discovery.
The years went by and we moved many places, but in 1962 we landed in Portland, Oregon. My best friends in high school, at the time, were Cliff Lewis, John Clark and Jayne Scott (another Jane). We went to Seaside and Cannon Beach (places Sacajawea had been) nearly every weekend. And still, I didn’t think anything about this as it would relate to Sacajawea and her story.
Life went on, many people came in and out of my path who were somehow associated through ancestors with the Lewis and Clark story, the Charbonneaus, Meriwether Lewis…. But in 1987, my husband, kids and I were traveling back to Washington from Indiana (where my husband finished his college). As happened, due to driving the “beautiful,” but rough back roads across Montana, our car broke down in Bozeman.
Now that would seem like tough luck, but we were trapped there in that picturesque, mountainous setting for three days. While we waited for our car to be repaired something very strong captured our attention and made us realize, for some reason, we had to stay. So, we listened to our intuition, and stayed for three years. We found jobs and bought a house.
My husband was a teacher and his class was studying Lewis and Clark. One day we took his students on a field trip to Three Forks, Montana (where Sacajawea was brutally kidnapped from her people in about 1800). I never expected to be so overcome with emotion that day. I just walked the rivers and Fort Rock, making sketches of the plants and watching the eagles above me…
The next Saturday, May 20, 1989, I told my husband I had to go back there, I didn’t know why but I needed to go by myself. He was very supportive of me following my heart. That day, I sat on the cliff looking over the rivers — watching the eagles soar. I was thinking about Sacajawea, and I couldn’t stop the tears welling up in my eyes — when a gentle voice echoed in my soul, “I want you to write my story.”
Up until this point I had never put anything together about my life and this woman of history. I started to write the story as a children’s book, but realized it was not a children’s story. To do her justice and honor her path, she wanted me to tell the hard things so we could see what she had been through and how she survived.
I didn’t exactly know how to proceed, but actually I wasn’t ready in myself to proceed. I put the three chapters away in a box, and in 1990 we moved on to Washington State. It was at this time that I began to walk the steps toward my own Spiritual Awakening. From 1996-2003, I opened to my intuition and listened more closely to my spiritual self.
In 2003, my daughter, Jerah, was going to film school in California. She said to me, “Mom, you should write that book you started into a screenplay.” This was such an incredible revelation and message delivered to me by my daughter.
At this time, I began to notice eagles, hawks and ravens constantly flying over my path. There was an eagle that soared over a neighboring field, always landing on a tall evergreen tree — I could see him from my writing desk. And, a hawk flew back and forth in the same field every day. There was something extremely powerful and inspiring in that…
My heart was truly full with this task I was undertaking. I drew a timeline across the wall and with notecards I taped all the places on the timeline where Sacajawea was mentioned in the journals. It was very little — and I had to somehow find the rest of the story.
One day I was in Barnes and Noble and came across a paperweight. It had a quote engraved around it by Michelangelo, “I saw the angel in the granite and carved until I set him free.” I became emotional right there in the store — it struck deeply. All the experiences in my life that pointed to this woman, started to take shape in my heart. It was a revelation that she was with me, guiding me, truly wanting me to write her story. So, I said to myself and to her, “I feel you. I see you, and I will carve through the mass of history until I find your story through your eyes, and set you free.”
I was determined. It took four years to grasp the essence of her purpose. I had to get out-of-the-way. I had to let go of my inhibitions and stereotypes. I had to get past feeling “unworthy” to tell the story, and be willing to write it with all the joys and with all the pain. I will never completely understand all I had to go through or why, but I know I am a better person for pouring out myself because that is what this journey has required.
There is history. And there is Spirit. And, sometimes telling the story accurately requires opening to a voice from another realm, spending 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness and reconciling to the fact that we don’t know everything.
If I didn’t care, I could have sold this screenplay long ago. But, I do care, for it is a Calling — a leading all my life. It has taken great personal sacrifice, yet I have been fully blessed with the things that matter. If it takes my last breath, I will share, not just the literal history that we know, but “who” she was, and how she felt, and what her precious life was about.
Sacajawea’s overall message for today is powerful…. it is what this world needs to continue. It is a remembering that we are all connected to each other and to Mother Earth. We must each open to this knowing and believe. We must love.
I will never fully understand why I was Called to write the story of this beautiful, Native American woman….and I expect others may not fully understand either. But, one thing I have learned, truth is absolutely not what we think in our minds. The beautiful synergy continues even now as our team comes together around this production — showering us with more mysteries, blessings and miracles. What an amazing path we walk.
In gratitude and thanksgiving,
2017 is going to be a spectacular year for Windcatcher The Movie, LLC. We have built a powerful team, a dynamic business plan, a realistic film budget and soon we will be launching an emotional and captivating teaser reel.
Our journey continues as we gear up for success this year. Please check out Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea on IMDB, and “Like” the project. Visit often and watch the magic unfold!
Jane L. Fitzpatrick — What powerful times we live in… It is my belief we are called to a great purpose in this Age. We see before us, unfolding, yes, right before our eyes — something many have prayed for, for generations.
We are all indigenous, and the voices of our ancestors call us to walk toward the light. The time is now. Even through chaos, hearts are opening — hearts are becoming aware. Through the darkness of our times, some are beginning to see… and we are here now to listen.
Standing Rock cast a brilliant light upon the path, which opened doors and stirred spirits. Many have walked boldly and heard the voice and embraced their calling to the very next step on this Holy journey… forgiveness and love.
Then, the Universe summoned a great chief who showed us the heart of a Chief. His answer was given in truth, both in words and actions. This great chief embraced the earth, indeed all people, through his prayer for peace.
We are on the brink of something spectacular, a paradigm shift that is set to change the world. Let us keep walking…
There have been many twists and turns on this journey to tell the story of Sacajawea. From lifetime experiences to our daily walk, we power forward on our quest to share her message through this epic feature film. We are continually fascinated to see Spirit at work. Even as we know it is working, when we recognize its magic, and see things happening that we can’t explain, we are in awe.
Our knowing comes from eagles and hawks flying across our paths, feathers and heart-stone gifts, yes, cloud formations in the sky, relevant and powerful, guiding us. Even through hard times that make us look deeper at the Promises, we hang on to the mystery and miracles that are coming — even before we see. It is the Belief we are doing what we are called to do. And, it is Spirit answering and confirming our belief.
There is no difference in what we have learned along this path, and what Sacajawea knew and lived along hers. She has shown us many things that we could have missed if we were not listening. We realize we are not relevant because we live in the 21st century, we are relevant because we are Spiritual — and that is not bound by time or space. She walks with us in this perfect moment of a timeless age. She lets us learn the lessons — she cries with us, laughs with us and she rejoices when we see.
This has been an experience of discovery. Not discovering something tangible, but discovering ourselves and our place in Creation, our relevance to breath, to light, to earth, to love. Sacajawea is here to tell her story and proclaim these messages, and we are here to fearlessly step through the doors.
Thank you for loving this journey with us — your prayers are cherished every day.
In gratitude and thanksgiving,