Over two months rolling sound in the forests and beaches of the Oregon coast? Yes please! I was happy and proud to head up (and be the sole member of) the Production Sound Team for The Watchman’s Canoe!
The Watchman’s Canoe is a sweet film with a great message of inclusion. Jett is a girl of mixed Caucasian and Indigenous descent and struggles with these two labels. She is harassed by the boys at her new school. Later, a visit from a distant cousin and meeting a local “watchman” sets Jett off on a spiritual journey into the world of Native American story and beliefs.
The film addresses what it is to find your way in the world, and digs into the ramifications of bullying. In contrast, it looks beautiful thanks to Director Barri Chase and Director of Photography, A.J. Young!
The residents of Coos Bay, Oregon and the surrounding communities were the main backers for this low-budget feature. Diligently led by producer/writer Chase, herself a native Oregonian, The Watchman’s Canoe took advantage of local generosity and investment and the eager talent pool to create this movie.
Furthermore, this film stars Roger Willie (Windtalkers), Adam Beach (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Windtalkers, Flags of Our Fathers) and Stephanie Wallace (Dawson’s Creek). Finally, film introduces locals Kiri Goodson, Carter Jon Edwards and Matthew Johnson.
Certainly you are interested now,right? Well, you are in luck because you can watch this fine film right here: