Filmmaker Hopes to Bring Sacagawea’s Story to the Screen

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown September 16th, 2015 Last Updated on: September 16th, 2015


Jennifer Amorelli is an actress and filmmaker from California. Not only has she appeared in many short films and television roles but she has also produced and directed her own material. Her latest project, Sacagawea, hopes to bring this important Native woman back into the public spotlight.

Here's a little bit more detail about the film:

The film takes place in 1880. A census-taker named Clara goes to Wyoming to enumerate the settled tribe. She finds herself engaging in conversation with an elder woman named Porivo who claims she is (Sacagawea) the Shoshone woman who aided Lewis and Clark on their expedition. For my version, I focus only on Sacagawea. Through her eyes, what her life was like, her pain and the great strength she had. Sacagawea; a woman who was assumed dead in 1812, yet here she is alive and well, telling her story to this census woman in 1880.

Amorelli has set-up an IndieGoGo page to help offset the costs of production and try and make the film as realistic as possible.

Your donations will help us pay for:

Reenactments of fights, action scenes, native village scenes (set decor) from 1800 to 1880 filmed with hired and compensated Native actors and non-actors. The more authenticity in this film the more it will be appreciated.

If you'd like to find out more about the film, and the different perks available for donors, please visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sacagawea-film#/story. To follow along with the filmmakers process, make sure check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SacagaweaFilm.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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Kathleen Meaney

I would love to see more movies about Native American Indian’s as long it’s the true full story

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