Look Who We Have Attached to “Ghosts of Sand Creek”
The Management Team
Donald L. Vasicek – Writer/Director/Producer
Founder and Owner of Olympus Films+, LLC, accomplished writer/filmmaker, winner of the prestigious 2008 Drover Award for best Native American film at the Trail Dance Film Festival , with a proven ability to write, direct, and produce videos and films that support client message objectives, has been directly involved in studio and independent films for over 26 years. Vasicek has written, directed and produced video/film projects that inform, educate and entertain youth, students, adults, communities, organizations, theater audiences and groups. Recognized as an expert in applying writing and filmmaking concepts to fit client goals, Vasicek’s short documentary film, The Sand Creek Massacre, has won three best film awards in three film festivals.
Mary Wickenkamp – Director of Development
Mary Wickenkamp is a journalist and business woman. She has a degree in Journalism and received her Juris Doctor (J. D.) from Creighton University School of Law in 1980.
She practiced law for 26 years, handling complex litigation before state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. She retired from the practice of law in 2006 to pursue business interests. In July of 2008 Wickenkamp was appointed Endowment Director of the Children’s Community Foundation. She has previously lectured in law at the postgraduate level and currently is an adjunct professor of law and criminology at the college level. For several years, Wickencamp has worked with Don Vasicek in developing projects for Olympus Films +, LLC. She is currently Vice President of Development for the firm and is actively engaged in securing funding for the firms signature projects.
Penny August – Production Management
Writer/Entertainment Chairperson/Denver Screen Actor’s Guild, Theatrical Agent
Vincent Peitrobon of Pietrobon, P. C., C. P. A.
The Inc. 500, Denver Business Journal’s Colorado Top 150 Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies, Inc. 500 Companies, who acts as a business and accounting consultant. His experience includes controller, financial analyst from $500,000 to hundred of millions of dollars, budgets, forecasts, capital, monthly financial statements and analysis, cost and financial analysis, market assessment, etc.
Jennifer Warren – Marketing and Sales
Jennifer Warren has a background in Sales and Marketing. As Marketing Manager at the UK’s most prominent entertainment news source, London At Large she helped launch Film Monthly, the largest advance film news bible for up-to-the minute development and production info for the UK. Moving to NYC in 2000, Jennifer continued in the information data field by joining Baseline StudioSystems, the preeminent resource for the US film and television industry. There Jennifer headed up the sales and marketing division that eventually led her to move to the LA head office. Realizing that that her interest lay in helping the independents, Jennifer set out on her own in 2006 to take on individual clients including indie film resources such at Withoutabox to individual filmmakers. Pulling together contacts and business associates, Jennifer has been working on building a resource referral network of filmmaker services. She offers individual consultation to indie filmmakers primarily at the business plan stage. Using partners such as FilmProfit® Jennifer provides guidance in developing the financial analysis for profit projections for potential investors. Also offering film festival strategy including no-budget promotional campaigns and alternative distribution options.
Peter Coyote – Narrator
Peter Coyote has performed for some of the world’s most distinguished filmmakers, including: Barry Levinson, Roman Polanski, Pedro Almodovar, Jean-Paul Rapenau, Brian DePalma, Steven Spielberg, Walter Hill, Martin Ritt, Steven Soderberg, Diane Kurys, Walter Moreia Salles and Sidney Pollack.
Coyote began film-acting in the late Seventies and it was Walter Hill’s chilling Vietnam parable, Southern Comfort, which brought Peter to the attention of director Steven Spielberg who cast him as the sympathetic scientist in ET – The Extra-Terrestrial. Since then Coyote has created strong characterizations in: Cross-Creek, Timerider, Heartbreakers, The Legend of Billie Jean, A Man in Love, The Jagged Edge, Outrageous Fortune, Unforgettable, Sphere, Patch Adams, Erin Brockovich, and A Walk to Remember.
Coyote is also well-known for his voice-over work, and has done numerous documentaries and tv specials, including the nine-hour PBS Special, The West. In 1992 he won an EMMY as the “Host” for a nine-hour series, called, The Pacific Century which also won the extremely prestigious du Pont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. Most recently he completed recording for the new Ken Burns’ 12-hour series on the National Parks, to be released in 2009.
Richard Lerner – Cinematographer
Mr. Lerner won Academy Award for cinematography in A Story of Healing. Having produced Instinct, a movie starring Anthony Hopkins and Academy-Award winner, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Lerner
has done extensive work for National Geographic and PBS including documentary films Urban Elephant, Mysteries of Deep
Space, The Universe, Planets, Sunstorm and “Wisdom of the Wild.
Cheyenne Chief Eugene Blackbear – Sand Creek Massacre Descendant – Actor
Chief Blackbear played Cheyenne Chief Black Kettle,
who survived the Sand Creek Massacre, in the movie
starring Tom Berenger, Last of the Dogmen.
Sand Creek Massacre Descendant’s Trust – Interviewees
The American Indian Genocide Museum
Hanneh Rudkilde – Editor
(The Postman, Good Will Hunting, Shakespeare in Love)
Shonie De La Rosa – Camera
Award-Winning Native Filmmaker Shonie De La Rosa (The Sand Creek Massacre, Mile Post 238, Pirates of the Navajo Nation, G Methamphetamine on the Navajo Nation)
David Carrico – Sets, Military Tack, Soldiers
Military and Tack Re-enactor David Carrico, Western Trooper Productions (The Missing, The Alamo, Billy the Kid, Jesse James, Ride With The Devil, Wild, Wild, Wild West, Antietam, Buffalo Soldiers, The Day Lincoln Was Shot, Rough Riders, The Real West, Buffalo Girls)
John Keltonic – Composer
PBS, CNN, The Discovery Channel, London Symphony Emmy-Winning Composer (Our Time in History, Autism is a World, Walter Cronkite, West Point, President Kennedy Has Been Shot, Albert Scheitzer, Korean War Store, The Supreme Court)
Nicholas Levis – Line Producer
Founder and Partner of Ovie Entertainment, Producer of Award Winning documentary Darkon and Co-Producer The Funeral Party. He has worked on more than three hundred commercials over the past ten years, including major clients as Trident, Coca-Cola, Visa, Celebrex, Enterprise-Rent-A-Car, and Listerine, among many others.
Margie Small – Casting (Cheyenne, Arapaho)
Native Actress/Writer/Talent Agent/Model Margie Small (Lakota Moon, Return to Lonesome Dove, Far and Away, Bright
Pamela Cuming – Writer/Director/Producerr
Award-Winning Playwright/Actress/Screenwriter/Producer Pamela Cuming (Downloading Nancy, Jane & Mabel, Double Take, Thirtysomething, Hard Time on Planet Earth, Deer Season, On the Rocks, The Last Stop)
Thomas Noel (“Dr. Colorado”) – Professor – Historian
Thomas Noel teaches history at the University of Colorado. He has authored and co-authroed 36 books, writes history columns in The Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post appears regularly on radio and television, including Colorado & Company on KEZW.
The Westernaire Cavalry
How The West Was Won, Stagecoach (the later version), Centennial (TV mini series), How to Rob a Train on a Sunday, A Good Day to Die (shown at the Custer battle field in Montana), Custer to the Little Big Horn)
Joan Lawson – Camera
Joan Lawson, an Emmy and International Telly Award-Winning
Producer/Director/Videographer/Editor, has worked with PBS, CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, ESPN, and A&E.
Alison Hill – Consulting Producer
Alison Hill received an Emmy nomination for her PBS television
series, Dropframe. She also wrote and produced Mountain Hopes, Quantum Factor, and Colorado Inside and Out Live.