What a journey we walk!

Salmon, Idaho -- Sacajawea's birthplace.

Salmon, Idaho — Sacajawea’s birthplace.

EPIC FILM IN DEVELOPMENT AT SPIRIT WIND FILMS — Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea.

It’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 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 in 2016!

Thank you for you encouragement and inspiration!
Jane

Award-winning actor, Raoul Trujillo, attached to Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea

Raoul Trujillo

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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 WolvesLast 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.

Watch for the casting call and crew on this website or the film’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WindcatcherFilms/?ref=br_tf

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.

Pacific OceanOne 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, and other projects.

With Spirit Wind Films, and our dynamic 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 — Coming SOON!

JOURNEY of a Windcatcher, Documentary

Journey small logo“There is a journey within the journey and the dream is part of our calling.” ~ Jane L. Fitzpatrick

This is a story of hope — while Sacajawea’s life seems a tragedy, it is what’s happening in the “today” that is her true calling.  The journey we have embarked on is one of discovery.  Discovery of where we have come from and where we are going, as a people.

In the bringing of Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea, to film — we have realized what an amazing path we’ve been on.  JOURNEY of a Windcatcher will help us see the power of Spirit and how it goes beyond what we understand to reveal a better place.  This documentary will share our awakening and our quest.

It truly is all about the journey, listening and learning, then daring to tell the story that is old, yet new.

Jane

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 2013 Action On Film International Film Festival.  It is an honor to be nominated for this award. Sacajawea’s story is so important to our American history and an intriguing character to people around the world.

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