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Project of the Day: A Cartographer Headed to California in 1847 Heads 'Off Track'

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire August 29, 2013 at 10:22AM

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Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

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California 1847, A cartographer, driven by greed, learns to change his life after witnessing death at a Cahuilla tribe.


Elevator Pitch:

As the Mexican-American War rages, rumors of gold lead cartographer Patrick O’Sullivan to desert the army in search of riches in the unmapped regions of California. He and his companions find themselves lost and near death when they stumble upon an unlikely guide – Pul, a Shaman of the Cahuilla tribe. As Patrick uses Pul to search for gold he discovers that the shaman has his own motives assisting him map the land. This discovery redirects Patrick’s egotistic journey into a historical opportunity to focus his life on a mission greater than himself.

Production Team:

Director: João Paulo ("J.P.") Jacobsen
Screenwriter: Juan Rubalcava
Producers: Drew Diamond*, Priscilla Spencer, and Daniel Leeds
*2013 Producer of "A Second Chance", 2013 student Oscar winner for best documentary.
Cinematographer: Carolina Costa
Production Designer: Flora Ortega
Editor: David Aristizabal*
*2013 Director of "A Second Chance", 2013 student Oscar winner for best documentary.

Jay Tavare, The Native American celebrity actor, plays lead role - Some of Jay's most memorable on-screen roles are:
Pathfinder (Marcus Nispel, 2007) as Black Wing, with Karl Urban and Clancy Brown 
The Missing (Ron Howard, 2003) as Kayitah, with Cate Blanchett and Tommy Lee Jones 
Cold Mountain (Anthony Minghella, 2003) as Swimmer, Jude Law's Cherokee half-brother and fellow Confederate army warrior 
Adaptation (Spike Jonze, 2002) as Matthew Osceola, the enigmatic Seminole orchid thief opposite Meryl Streep 
Into the West (Steven Spielberg, 2005 mini-series) as Chief Prairie Fire opposite Keri Russell 
Street Fighter (1994) as Vega, the devilishly handsome and lethal Spanish Ninja
Unbowed (Nanci Rossov, 2000) as the defiant warrior, Waka Mani *Winner* Best Actor in the American Indian Film Festival 
CSI Miami season finale*, Going Ballistic (2009) as Manny Ortega

About the Production:

"I have always been a student of history, fascinated by what the past can teach us and amazed by how I see it repeated in the present day. The time period surrounding the Mexican-American War is the perfect backdrop for a story about greed, exploration, and personal discovery. 

"The movie doesn't offer easy answers but raises compelling questions about personal responsibility and an individual's relationship with society at large. The film is a Psychological Western; it is not a story about heroic feats, but a tale of how an unexpected encounter can change direction of our lives." -- J.P. Jacobsen

Current Status:

Pre-production.

For more information and to support this project:

Film Website
Kickstarter Campaign

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