In a Nutshell
We just shot a short film about a Two-Spirit Native American woman who meets up in the forest with another woman who is posing as a man. This is the first film to present the concept of Two-Spirit in narrative terms with women. The filming went off without a hitch and looks amazing. Now I just need to pay off my Mom's credit card.
About the Two-Spirit Project
I wrote this story after reading a book about Sexual Diversity in American Indian Culture called “Spirit and the Flesh” by Walter L. Williams. It explores the ways which many North American indigenous cultures viewed gender and sexuality (only decades ago) which contradicts much of what is taught by most (ancient) Abrahamic religious cultures. The extraordinary information and ideas presented provided me with a completely new way to see myself (as a lesbian) in comparison to others. I was compelled (now, over 20 years ago) to bring this information to light in the form of a full-length screenplay. This short is simply one scene from that movie. As of yet, this story has not been told. You can make a difference.
About the Cast
Jennifer Lisa Vest played the role of the Native Two-Spirit Woman. She is a mixedblood poet and philosopher hailing from Chicago. She teaches Philosophy and Women’s Studies at the University of Central Florida but is currently touring the country with speaking engagements and her poetry.
Madelyn K Rosenberg played the role of the Mestiza Woman. She figures she is mixedblood as well however having been adopted she hasn’t a clue about her genetic background. She is a Seattle based artist and model.
About the Crew
Writer/Director Danielle Villegas helmed her long awaited first film (as an adult). Adam Sekuler, Program Director of NW Film Forum and Tracy Rector, Executive Director of Longhouse Media will be produced. Veteran DP Lars Larson was Director of Photography. Many other talented artists both Native, non and mixedblood contributed time and energy to the effort.
What We Need
We need AT LEAST $3500 to pay for travel, hotel, equipment rental and food. All monies over that would go to pay the many amazingly talented people who braved the rain, gave up cell phone reception and bathroom facilities for 3 whole days. I know first hand that it is rough out here and every bit helps.My intention is to pay everyone something. I know we can double my goal if we all get behind this project and share it with those who would want to see this film and those who wouldn't know. I truly believe that this project came together because it is the right story at the right time.
- (30 days)