Scene Description from Sacajawea, The Windcatcher:
Just as the explorers reach the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers, they are awed by a massive flock of sandhill cranes thundering through the clouds. Captain Clark takes aim from his canoe, shooting a huge crane from the sky. Seaman, Lewis’ black Newfoundland, jumps from the boat to retrieve the bird.
Within moments, screaming and wailing rise from an abandoned village nearby. The men on shore run toward the huts where a group of Snake women and children huddle together – they are terrified that the bird was killed in flight by a loud, unfamiliar blast. They believe the white men will kill them, too.
The captains call Sacajawea to come, and without pause, she enters the hut. She speaks to the women and children with care in her Shoshone language, which is close to the Snake words, and everyone is calmed…
There are so many examples of Sacajawea’s depth-of-character depicted in the screenplay, Sacajawea, The Windcatcher. She never allowed a judgment of color, creed or religion to keep her true heart from being free as she walked the expedition. This scene with the frightened women and children in the abandoned village shows us her true spirit.
At this point, the explorers had already encountered many people and dangers along the way. They had seen her caring warrior spirit multiple times and the soldiers had built great respect for Sacajawea. This scene shows how they counted on the peacemaker she embodied. Indeed, she was a bridge for them in their time, and her spiritual story is a bridge for us, in ours. We, as One People, are awakening to hear.
Scene Description from Sacajawea, The Windcatcher: It’s January 1806 — the explorers will soon leave the Great Northwest. But, they must make one last trek to the beach where a massive whale has washed ashore, hoping to retrieve blubber for fuel. The night before, Sacajawea is adamant she must be allowed to finally see the ocean after coming so far on the journey. She proclaims with passion, “It would be too hard not to see the Great Water and now the big fish…” Captain Clark agrees. As they traverse the 1000 foot high Tillamook Head, a massive basalt lava flow connecting one beach to the other, the girl is awed with Creator’s wonders. Though she does not know just how important this very trail is to her total Being…
As history records, Tillamook Head is a massive volcanic lava flow that traveled down the Columbia River 15 million years ago. It came to rest along a beach of the Great Water, south of the mouth of the river.
Williams Clark’s journal tells us that Sacajawea hiked with him and a small group of explorers over this high rock to Cannon Beach, where the “Big Fish” washed ashore.
In the screenplay, as Sacajawea reaches the top of this 1000 foot high trek, she stands in awe of the infinite beauty. It is here she remembers the wisdom from her uncle (brother), “Boinair, your spirit is not bound, it is free.”
While researching Tillamook Head, the most amazing revelation captured us and affirmed Creator’s Spirit in all things for Sacajawea… spiritually and historically, without time or space. For what we learned was the basaltic lava flow that traveled down the Columbia millions of years ago, came to the same spot where Sacajawea was to be in 1806.
The absolute miracle is that this lava originated in Idaho, Sacajawea’s home! As she carried out her ultimate purpose to pray at the Great Water, spirit surrounded her with an energy source that touched her very core – it was the energy from her People and home, right under her feet, that flowed through the basalt rock she traversed.
Though Sacajawea did not know the geology, she did recognize the power, because she was taught to listen to her intuition and use the energy that was drawn around her life through the Infinite Wonders of Spirit.
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Broken Hand Productions is honored to be producing the teaser reel for the epic feature film, Sacajawea, The Windcatcher. This teaser, “The Shell,” would not have happened without the commitment from a visionary investor and the film’s production team. These people have a passion for Sacajawea and for giving life to her story!
Blaine C. Ginther is an Executive Producer for the feature film. He is devoted to bringing in the funds needed to keep the production moving forward! Blaine embraces a reverence for history and he is committed to this amazing project with all his heart.
Kaaren Ochoa is a Producer/2nd Unit Director for the feature film and has been with the project since 2014. She and her husband, Doug, drove all the way from NM to OR to Direct the teaser reel. Her devotion astounds us and she has always seen the most wonderful, powerful vision for the story, that has taken us down many paths on this journey!
Susan Funk is a Co-Producer for the feature film and has been with the project since 2015. As Producer of the teaser, Susan worked very hard to coordinate the details, the actors, the locations, the editor. She is of the Flathead Nation, and believes in our purpose. Susan has always been an encouragement and she’s given so much to this production.
Shawna Fitzpatrick is the Costume Assistant for the feature film and Costumer for the teaser reel. She did a fantastic job of gathering authentic costumes, working with Wendy Partridge, one of the costume designers on the feature film. Shawna is pouring herself into the Sacajawea productions including the Warrior Woman Spirit campaign, the Spirit Wind Collection online store and other associated projects.
Kevin England and Vincent Caldoni are the Cinematographers for the teaser reel. These gentlemen were incredible to work with and their vision for this production, utilizing their equipment, including a drone, captured the glorious scenery and magnificent sky to make “The Shell” deeply emotional and dynamic.
Gia Fisher and Scott Morgan, are the Actors who played “Sacajawea” and the “Spirit Chief” for the teaser reel. The connection was immediate between them, and it transferred its energy to the filming. Just in this teaser reel, watching the actors perform through their expressions and the body language, brought tears to our eyes. It is going to be absolutely magical! We thank Gia’s mother, Rebecca, for her support and love for Gia and for accepting this opportunity!
Jacob Halseth is the Production Assistant/Photographer for the teaser reel. At 16 years old, we were very proud of Jacob’s commitment to brave the cold and wind to get the photos and footage we needed to continue our posts on social media, as we generate excitement for the project.
Laura Roe is the Video Editor for the teaser reel production. She was recommended by members of our production team. We believe Laura will take all the pieces we have brought together, and create a promotional tool that will attract major investors. Laura’s expertise and talent will unfold a magnificent, emotional journey, worthy of Sacajawea and the overall film production.
Sarah Ortegon and Dennis Ambriz are the Voiceover Actors for the teaser reel. Sarah is also an Associate Producer and Dennis is an actor for the feature film. They have taken the words of the teaser script to transform the actions of Gia and Scott into a compelling and inspirationally dramatic experience for the audience.
Marcia K. Moore is the Concept Artist for the feature film, and also for the teaser. In the “The Shell,” as Sacajawea speaks to us about her “Spirit Chief” and how she met people who were different from her own on the Lewis and Clark journey, we see Marcia’s concept art. It will give us a glimpse of our vision for the feature film and the magnificent characters we will see.
Ronald Owen is the Composer for the feature film and the teaser reel. Ronald’s music grabs us in the very beginning of the teaser and builds our emotions through the arc, to the very powerful ending. Coupled with Native drums, this background music is both professional and moving, and it will bring the vibrant effect we have imagined.
Even though the teaser is less than 3 minutes long, it will tug at hearts and show, through words, visuals and music, our undying devotion to authenticity and making sure Sacajawea and her message are represented in the most beautiful and profound way to the world. Thank you to each one of these passionate and devoted team members. We are so very blessed each and every day.
SACAJAWEA UPDATE! February 8th, 2019, we are off to the Great Water to produce our first emotional and epic teaser reel, “The Shell.” Our journey will take us to the Oregon coastline where wind, rain and snow are in the forecast! Indeed, we are embarking on a true adventure!
“The Shell,” is a powerful and beautiful short video that will capture the very essence and spiritual meaning of the feature film, Sacajawea, The Windcatcher. It will grab hearts everywhere, and not let go!
Check back here this weekend for updates as the filming progresses! Watch for photos and video clips to share with others! We want the world to know that the Warrior Woman, Sacajawea, is catching the wind!
In the few short weeks since Sarah Ortegon joined the Sacajawea project, she has added so much to the production and lifted the energy that drives our magnificent quest. What a joy to get to know this gifted and spiritually-driven young woman. But, before I tell you about Sarah, I want to explain, personally, why she means so much to me. And, why I am deeply grateful for her Shoshone association, her life and the experiences that brought her to Sacajawea’s story.
When I began writing Sacajawea, The Windcatcher, I didn’t understand the depth of purpose and the powerful spiritual connections that would be required along this harrowing, yet magical path. I always knew in my heart Sacajawea deserved for the world to truly know her, not through my physical eyes (because I could not fully see), but through Spirit and the cultures and traditions she lived and loved.
So, on three occasions, between 2011 and 2013, I journeyed to Idaho to meet with Sacajawea’s People, the Agai-dika Shoshone. I developed a meaningful relationship with liaison, Leo Ariwite, a descendant of Sacajawea’s family. Leo and I presented the project together to council members and associates.
I share this because I want you to know our greatest passion is that Sacajawea’s People know the story we are telling and that the character portrayal of Sacajawea is true, through her eyes. What stirred my joy when executive producer, Blaine Ginther, introduced Sarah Ortegon to our production team was her genuine, life-long devotion to Sacajawea, her challenging and illuminating life experiences, her faith, and most of all, her wise spirit.
Sarah Ortegon was born in Denver, Colorado. She is enrolled Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho. In 2013, she graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, with a concentration in drawing. In August 2013, she was crowned Miss Native American, USA. Soon after, Sarah started touring with the Native Pride Dancers, traveling and performing the jingle dress dance in the US, Moldova, Europe and Guatemala.
Sarah was the featured artist for the opening of MALCS Conference in 2016, at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY. She is now published in the MALCS journal.
Most recently, Sarah is pursuing her acting career. She was cast in a play in Denver, CO, in February of 2016, entitled Black Elk Speaks. From there, she was cast in a musical Sitting Bulls Last Waltz, which premiered in Hollywood, California, for the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June-July of 2016. Sarah was also cast as an extra in the BBC/NBC Sky 1 miniseries, Jamestown, which filmed in Budapest in August 2016, for a 2017 showing. Sarah returned for season three of Jamestown, in 2017.
Outside of her acting career, Sarah honed her project management and organizational skills as an office manager for a law firm, Smith & Shellenberger, LLC, which focuses on Indian Law and Family Law. She also continues her art career for the Dawson Art project in Colorado Springs where she will have a solo art show.
Sarah Ortegon brings a genuine love to the Sacajawea production team. Her Indigenous connection to the Shoshone and Arapaho people gives her the Spirit, Mind and Body to capture truth and authenticity for the story, which is at the heart of what we are called to do. We welcome Sarah, and look forward to greatness, as more opportunities unfold for her on the Sacajawea production. Let us soar to new heights!
Jane L. Fitzpatrick, Writer/Executive Producer