“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 establishing her personality and image, her character and her soul, we’ve moved past the legend and created 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


In addition to these quotes, we cherish a beautiful endorsement from Leo Ariwite, Liaison with the Shoshone-Bannock tribe, and direct descendant of Sacajawea.

“Few historical figures continue to capture the American curiosity the way Sacagawea does. Her life inspires, enthralls and mystifies. I look forward to seeing it portrayed on the Big Screen.”  ~ Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs, (Author of Why Sacagawea Deserves the Day Off and Other Lessons from the Lewis and Clark Trail, daughter of Stephen Ambrose)

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

“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.”
~ David Borlaug, President of the Fort Mandan Foundation
David Borlaug letter


Letter from Ed Elbert, Producer (Anna and the King, Martian Child, East of Eden)
Hi Jane,  Thanks for letting me read Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea.  It is a terrific script and a richly textured story.  If the right director, actors and funding can be put in place I would of course be very interested in producing the film.  I understand that both Ewan MacGregor and Forrest Whitaker are very interested in participating, both actors I admire.  There are a number of directors I can think of that would be enthusiastic if the funding were there, so I believe the challenge at this point really amounts to finding independent funding.  I would probably also want to bring in my favorite independent film composer, a woman who coincidentally is part Cherokee, part Creek and a former protegee of a Pulitzer Prize winning composer. Good luck, and please keep me informed of your progress.
All the best, Ed Elbert

“As a friend and screenwriting collegue of Jane’s, I think I’ve read every draft of her script and watched it evolve into something so truly special that it can’t help but both get made and move things forward for the role of women and for Native Americans in our history and in our lives.” ~ Jack Comeau, Novelist/Screenwriter/Emmy Winner


“Based on my read of her screenplay Windcatcher: The Story of Sacagawea, I can recommend without hesitation Jane as a terrific screenwriter for drama and dramatic epics. My recommendation is a highly informed one – I have developed and produced major studio films as well as a number of independent ones, and I don’t recommend writers often or, for that matter, lightly.” ~ Ed Elbert, COO, Grand Illusions Entertainment, LLC

“Jane is a superlative screenwriter. Her focus is absolute, and she follow through and networks with the best of them. Once she finished multiple drafts and was ready to go, she almost immediately got it placed. It’s been a pleasure to work with her. I recommend her without reservation.”
  ~ Christopher Keane, Writer/editor/speaker, Keanewords.com and script analyst for Windcatcher

“Jane has impressed me as a great screenwriter with a keen sense of detail, vivid description, great characters and a tight story. She is also a pleasure to work with in exghanging feedback and tackling re-writes. I think she has a wonderful future ahead of her as a working screenwriter.”
  ` Jack Comeau, Head Lighting Director, WWOR-TV

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