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The Rainbow Boy: A prophetic Navajo story about human alienation from Mother Earth

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.



Introducing Leland Grass as Eagle Catcher, the Rainbow Boy


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....


Respectfully,


~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:


The Rainbow Boy Movie Production Stills


The Navajo Times on The Rainbow Boy Movie and Norman Patrick Brown


Watch Norman Patrick Brown describe The Rainbow Boy story


220-Productions and REZWOOD Entertainment


Follow us on Twitter


**Opening photograph: Ben Silversmith as Yellow Eyes**



Screenwriter, Director, Producer
Norman Patrick Brown
REZWOOD ENTERTAINMENT


Co-producer
Jenny Pond
220-PRODUCTIONS


Executive Producer
Larry Muckerman
220-PRODUCTIONS


Director of Photography
Vincent Pascoe


Sound
Bob Witsenhausen


Associate Producers
Chirstine Leigh
Chantal Viellard


2nd Unit Director of Photography
Christina Leigh


Stunt Coordinator
Reggie Mitchell


Navajo Language/Culture adivsors
Henry Barber
Larry Holiday
Oscar Detso
Anderson Hoskie


Cast:
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


The Rainbow Boy teaser/trailer editor
Paul Denigris


THE RAINBOW BOY is still in post production. Completion date is June 2010.


Project location:
Gallup, NM


This project will only be funded if at least $15,000 is pledged by ...

15 Backers
$1,095 pledged of $15,000 goal
67
days to go

Our sincere gratitude for your support of The Rainbow Boy Movie.

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Your contribution will be credited at the end of the movie.

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A letter of appreciation suitable for framing, a DVD, and contribution in ending credits.

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A soundtrack CD, a letter of appreciation suitable for framing, a DVD, and contribution in ending credits.

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A one hour personal phone conversation with Norman Patrick Brown about
the Navajo filmmaking process of THE RAINBOW BOY. A soundtrack CD, a
letter of appreciation suitable for framing, a DVD, and contribution in
ending credits.

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An invitation to the premier of THE RAINBOW BOY on the Navajo Nation
(travel and accommodations not included). A one hour personal phone
conversation with Norman Patrick Brown about the Navajo filmmaking
process of THE RAINBOW BOY. A soundtrack CD, a letter of appreciation
suitable for framing, a DVD, and contribution in ending credits.

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soundtrack CD, a letter of appreciation suitable for framing, a DVD,
and contribution in ending credits.

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A personal tour on the Navajo Nation to Canyon De Chelle, Chinle, Arizona
with Norman Patrick Brown, and invitation to the Navajo Nation premiere
of THE RAINBOW BOY (travel and accommodations not included). A one hour
personal conversation with Norman Patrick Brown about the Navajo
filmmaking process of THE RAINBOW BOY. A soundtrack CD, a letter of
appreciation suitable for framing, a DVD, and contribution in ending
credits.

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Canyon De Chelle, Chinle, Arizona with Norman Patrick Brown, and an
invitation to the Navajo Nation premiere of THE RAINBOW BOY (travel and
accommodations not included). A one hour personal conversation with
Norman Patrick Brown about the Navajo filmmaking process of THE RAINBOW
BOY. A soundtrack CD, a letter of appreciation suitable for framing, a
DVD, and contribution in ending credits.

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