Wind Chases the Sun : The Leonard Peltier Story
Wind Chases the Sun : The Leonard Peltier Story
The Imprisonment of an innocent man, by the lies of a guilty government.
The Imprisonment of an innocent man, by the lies of a guilty government. Read more
About this project
I want to thank everyone for visiting this page, and your very appreciated help to make this meaningful production possible. Without the help of all you, this film will not be able to move forward in exposing the case of Leonard Peltier to the masses.
Leonard Peltier is in full support of this production and hopes the facts Preston brings to light will be the final chapter in his hell-behind-bars story and finally return him home to his family.
Peter Coyote will be narrating the production.
The $30,000 raised from kickstarter.com will be used in several different areas of pre-production. The $30,000 will supply the research team with travel expenses and research fees so every document connected to the Peltier case can be scanned and placed on an archival hard drive so proper research can be conducted on this very complex case. The $30,000 will also pay for all legal expenses for the production and the production crew will also be able to produce a very professional pitch trailer so they can pursue potential investors to fund the remaining budget of the film.
Between the years of 1973 and 1975, over sixty Native Americans were murdered during the “Reign of Terror” on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. On June 26, 1975 tension erupted with a shootout on the Jumping Bull Ranch between FBI and American Indian Movement (AIM) members resulting in the deaths of two FBI agents and one American Indian.
In 1977, Indian Activist, Leonard Peltier was convicted for the murder of the two agents and since has served thirty-four years in Federal prison. Despite proof that he was convicted on a combination of fabricated and suppressed evidence and false testimony, he continues to languish behind bars.
Wind Chases the Sun is currently budgeted at $370,000. Preston Randolph, along with his research crew is the driving force behind the documentary script. Accumulating hands-on knowledge – garnered from extensive research and interviews – Preston exposes new & highly relevant information concerning the atrocities of the Peltier case, to aid viewers in finding the truth.
“This is the film of an innocent man, imprisoned by the lies of a guilty government.”
The extreme poverty of the Pine Ridge Reservation, along with the never-before-heard testimony, will be projected on screen through a revolutionary High-Definition Production. The cinematography will also include aerial footage of the Pine Ridge Reservation shot with a Cineflex HD camera by Aerial Filmworks.
The horrific details of the “Reign of Terror” and the plight of Leonard Peltier will be presented through vintage archival footage and groundbreaking, accurate and violent reenactments. Wind Chases the Sun not only wants to educate the masses on this genocidal case, but also to wow the audience, sending them away from the theater shocked and outraged from what they have just witnessed.
The film spans the life of Leonard Peltier, from early years to present, in a way never before seen on the screen. The audience will witness the experiences and principals that formed him into the man he now is. He grew up while dealing with prejudice and injustice, being shuffled to boarding schools while struggling to adapt to societal changes during the 1960’s.
The chronological account of Peltier’s recruitment into AIM and his earliest chapters of political activism will present vivid insights into what motivations took Peltier to the Pine Ridge Reservation during the 1970’s.
Another story line of the film focuses on tensions of the Pine Ridge Reservation, including the hardships and extreme poverty that remains to this day. This period included the murders – never investigated – of over sixty Native Americans by members of death squads funded and armed by the US Government and FBI. This segment will invoke extreme emotions, and the violent reenactments offer samples of the despair of this bleak, dark period in American History.
Amidst these horrific events, the people of the Pine Ridge Reservation cried out to the American Indian Movement for help. On June 26, 1975, Special Agents Jack Coler and Ron Williams sought to serve an out-standing arrest warrant and purposely entered the area where the AIM was camped. These two ill-advised and un-prepared young agents had entered a documented “war zone.”
A firefight ensued between these agents and the AIM, who were convinced these unmarked and unidentified individuals were members of the murdering death squads. This very violent and traumatizing conflict will be reenacted to perfection, offering a fresh vision of what happened on that day, culminating in the deaths of the two FBI Agents and one Native American.
Over a year later Peltier was tried for the murder of the two agents and an all-white jury convicted and sentenced him to two consecutive life sentences. During the trial, vital evidence testifying to the “Reign of Terror” was disallowed and a ballistics test proving Peltier’s innocence was withheld from the jury.
Since then, Peltier has served thirty-four years in prison. During this time he has been nominated for the Nobel Peace prize six consecutive years, honoring his humanitarian work. Peltier has authored a book, "Prison Writings" and has proven to be an astounding artist. During his prison term, Peltier has endured an ongoing persecution with few ears open to hear his voice of truth. New testimony exposes this extreme injustice and chronicles the mental cruelty he – an innocent man denied freedom – continues to suffer.
Wind Chases the Sun will expose this entire controversial & misunderstood story in a uniquely-artistic style focusing on breathtaking cinematography and aerial footage. Groundbreaking new testimonies, violent reenactments, and a musically-intriguing score will bring the facts of this story to life in a way that we hope will ultimately make a huge difference in lives interrupted.
This is a chance to take part in a very meaningful film for social change and political justice for the American Indian and all those who are oppressed through injustice.
Cactus Productions website: http://cactusprofilms.com/wind-chases-the-sun/
The Official Website of "Wind Chases the Sun" will be online in a few weeks and will be found at: http://windchasesthesun.com.
The Official Facebook Fanpage : http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Wind-Chases-the-Sun-The-Leonard-Peltier-Story/328176193799...
The Official Myspace Fanpage : http://www.myspace.com/530163485
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