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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:
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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

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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!

 

She was a watcher of her heart

What will you do in your life? Will you just exist day to day or will you venture out, being a watcher of your heart? What do see — what is written that you can not ignore? And are you willing to go the distance?

Rochester MountainWindcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea is a journey of Her lifetime, yet as watchers of her life we bring her journey to ourselves. She walked, she talked, she sang, she prayed on smoke to the Great Father. She knew joy and she hurt… yes, she had a dream written on her heart that she could see.

Over the last 12 years, I have visited many places where she had been, and I have felt her spirit with me. From the Hidatsa village site in North Dakota, where cranes danced above my head to the Oregon beaches where she said her prayers after a long trek.

Take the visual journey of the places she has been, and as you see each photo, be a watcher of her dream. This is to be an epic film about a brief moment of time in the life of this soul who lived. Yes, she lived and loved… and had a dream we are making real. CLICK to see the images of her walk:

http://www.windcatcherthemovie.com/movie/images

 

Award-winning actor, Raoul Trujillo, attached to Windcatcher!

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Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea is the film of the decade, bringing a raw beauty of the American west with its magnificent epic nature, cascading mountains, treacherous rivers, iconic characters and real adventure. This movie masterpiece will be compared only to Dances with Wolves, Last of the Mohicans, and the coming-of-age movie Memoirs of Geisha. The film’s production team will include many Native Americans in key positions. And they’ll be casting authentic Native actors for all indigenous roles, making sure this important history is properly represented.

This inspirational independent film project has attracted the talents of industry professionals including the incredible acting abilities of award-winning actor, Raoul Trujillo. Raoul is best known for his character, Zero Wolf, the Mayan villain in Apocalypto, directed by Mel Gibson. In the “Windcatcher” film he will be portraying an adapted character of history as a chief of the Hidatsa tribe, White Eagle.

 

Raoul’s career has spanned over 30 years as an actor, choreographer, director and dancer. He was a soloist with the Nikolais Dance Theatre out of New York City, and toured the world from 1980-1987. He directed and choreographed projects for Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto, the Repertory Dance Theatre of Utah, and he taught at the Aboriginal Dance Project at the Banff Center for the Arts in Canada.

Raoul’s past film projects have included: Black Robe, The New World, Apocalypto, Cowboys & Aliens, Riddick with Van Diesel, and his newest film, Persecuted, among many others. He brings an exciting depth-of-character and vibrant talent to the Windcatcher production.

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Raoul Trujillo on IMDB.com

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.

 

Windcatcher Entertainment Production
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