About The Rainbow Boy
I am an independent Navajo filmmaker making a movie about my people with a universal message about the human relationship to Mother Earth. What began as a "short video story" has blossomed into an independent feature film with inspiring acting performances by new Navajo actors, and wonderful technical production values. This movie is a co-production between my company, REZWOOD ENTERTAINMENT, and 220-PRODUCTIONS.
With your help we can make this feature film a reality.
The Rainbow Boy is an allegorical tale about the consequences of loss of culture and human devastation of planet earth. The story tells about an ancient Navajo warrior, Eagle Catcher, who enters a sacred cave despite an ancient prophecy that warns against entering the cave. Eagle Catcher is transported to the future, which is our own present, where he sees and lives the prophetic devastation of modern humans. His arrival profoundly affects young Ozzie Yazzie, a modern Navajo punk kid struggling to understand his own identity and culture. Almost dying, Eagle Catcher is assisted by his Navajo people, who take him back to the holy cave. Upon returning to his own time, he is given four prophecies about the dire consequences of human choices and actions for the future of planet earth.
The Rainbow Boy is groundbreaking in that it was written by a Navajo, is directed and produced by a Navajo, and has an entirely Navajo cast. It's also shot almost entirely in the Navajo language, with subtitles. The development of the story was an iterative process of research and ongoing dialogue and consultation with my grassroots community, elders, and traditional practitioners.
In this way it's a unique and original film that is Navajo specific, at the same time the story is universal to all people.
The production values and concept draw heavily on the ancient Navajo storytelling process and structure inherent in chants, ceremony, philosophy, and language. To develop the script, this story telling process was combined with the modern film industry formula, to both entertain and to inspire.
The Rainbow Boy cast is composed entirely of Navajo people, many of whom had never acted before. It includes approximately 60 Navajo youth under the age of 25 as actors, extras, and crew members. The majority of the principle photography was completed in November of 2009, as was the editing of the promotional teaser/trailer.
Joshua Sandoval as Ozzie Yazzie
As of March 2010, we have five more days of principle photography to complete, which includes locations in Gallup, New Mexico and the Navajo Nation. Funds derived through Kickstarter will pay for the final five days, and also go towards the final editing and completion of the original score and soundtrack of The Rainbow Boy.
Our goal is to seek and acquire distribution for the International European and American audiences. As of this writing we have one American and two international distribution companies interested in distributing THE RAINBOW BOY, but first we must finish the film. The movie will be premiered in the five different agencies of the Navajo Nation, and Gallup, New Mexico. Other plans include a grassroots tour of Europe, Native American communities, and film festivals.
In addition to simply a love of film and a desire to tell entertaining stories, I am highly motivated to contribute to the preservation of Navajo culture and language. I strongly believe that this project will create pride in language and culture among Navajo youth, at the same time it inspires mankind with the universal message of redemption and love that we all share.
My co-producer, Jenny Pond, our incredible cast and crew, and myself have all donated our time and effort to this film. We have set a target of $15,000 on Kickstarter, which will allow us to finish principle photography and much of the original score. But, $25,000 is needed for final completion of the soundtrack, and editing. Please join this great Navajo adventure--your support is greatly appreciated!
Lets make a pebble dropped into a pond ripple into a tsunami across the world. You choose 7 friends to send to kickstarter and they choose 7 friends and on and on....
~Norman Patrick Brown
Norman Patrick Brown on location during filming of The Rainbow Boy
Co-producer Jenny Pond
Jenny Pond owns 220-Productions, along with the Executive Producer of The Rainbow Boy, Larry Muckerman. She is director and producer of the documentary POISON WIND, which chronicled the negative legacy of uranium mining on the health of former miners and their families. She is currently co-producing The Rainbow Boy. She has worked in the film industry since 2004 with credits for FLIGHTPLAN, MTV, THE KINGDOM & COWBOY DREAMS.
Links to informative webpages about the movie:
**Opening photograph: Ben Silversmith as Yellow Eyes**
Screenwriter, Director, Producer
Norman Patrick Brown
Director of Photography
Anthony Scott Gartman
2nd Unit Director of Photography
Navajo Language/Culture adivsors
Leland Grass – EAGLE CATCHER
Joshua Sandoval – OZZIE YAZZIE
Oscar Detso – JOE BRO
Cami Leonard – NONABAH TSO
Reggie Mitchell - HASKE DZIIL
Ben Silversmith – YELLOW EYES
Anderson Hoskie –HATALI YAZHI
Shelby Lynn Jose –AKINABAH TSO
Katie Warner Yazzie - MARYELLARENA JOE
The Rainbow Boy teaser/trailer editor
THE RAINBOW BOY is still in post production. Completion date is June 2010.
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