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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.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2837492/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

 

 

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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Award-winning actor, John Savage, joins Windcatcher!

John SavageWe are catching the wind! Our cast welcomes award-winning actor John Savage as “Charbonneau” (Sacajawea’s husband)! Also welcome Oscar Best as “York” (Clark’s servant) and Blanca Blanco as an Associate Producer and the part of “Mama” (a white settler at Fort Manuel Lisa).

Check out our cast on IMDB:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2837492/?ref_=nm_flmg_prd_1
And, watch for a press release soon on these powerful additions to the project!

 

 

 

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

The Jupiter Rising Show through dropbox

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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.