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Wiindigoo the Cannibal

Namaybin and his band of White Earth Ojibway face extinction, as their ancestral forests are clearcut in 1915. He rallies his family and neighbors for a last stand against lumber baron Lucky Waller, nicknamed "The Cannibal."

  • Screenplay by Michael O'Rourke
  • Story by Winona LaDuke
  • Project Type:
    Short Script
  • Number of Pages:
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Other
  • First-time Screenwriter:
  • Student Project:
    Nashville TN
    May 2015
    Short Script Winner
  • Bucharest ShortCut CineFest
    Bucharest, Romania
    July 10, 2018
    Short Script 1st Place
  • Top Indie Film Awards

    June 15, 2017
    Short Screenplay Finalist
Writer Biography - Screenplay by Michael O'Rourke, Story by Winona LaDuke

Michael O'Rourke co-founded Actors’ Theatre in Southern Oregon in 1982, producing 100 productions in 13 years, and served as executive director for the capital campaign to purchase and remodel the company’s vaudeville home into a 100-seat black box.

Michael’s collaboration with Lakota actor Robert Greygrass resulted in the one-man show “Walking on Turtle Island” that toured internationally for 16 years.

As managing artistic director of Anchorage Community Theatre he co-produced collaborations with the Alaska Native Heritage Center, which resulted in a Native American Music Award for Best Music Video (2005).

Recipient of grants for development of heritage scripts celebrating the Klamath Siskiyou Bioregion, he wrote “In the Land Where Acorns Dance,” a screenplay based on Quaker and poet Joaquin Miller’s life among the Shasta Indians during the California Gold Rush. The script received the 2015 Grand Prize from the Yosemite International Film Festival. His adaptations of stories in Native American activist Winona LaDuke’s novel “Last Standing Woman” have won awards at Bucharest Short Cut CineFest, Nashville Film Festival; and placed as a BlueCat semifinalist.

His mini-series adaptation of “A Tale of Two Cities” was selected as the Best Original Concept and Best Global Script of 2017 at Oaxaca FilmFest; and this year (2018) was selected as a finalist with Jaipur International Screenplay Competition (all episodes) and Twister Alley Film Festival (Episode 1).

O’Rourke’s credits include script consulting on the independent feature “All for Liberty,” earning a “Top 10 Revolutionary War Movie” in the Journal of the American Revolution.

Winona LaDuke is an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) enrolled member of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg who lives and works on the White Earth Reservations, and is the mother of three children. She is also the Executive Director of Honor the Earth, where she works on a national level to advocate, raise public support, and create funding for frontline native environmental groups.

In 1994, Winona was nominated by Time magazine as one of America's fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age. She has been awarded the Thomas Merton Award in 1996, the BIHA Community Service Award in 1997, the Ann Bancroft Award for Women's Leadership Fellowship, and the Reebok Human Rights Award, with which she began the White Earth Land Recovery Project.

A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, Winona has written extensively on Native American and Environmental issues. She is a former board member of Greenpeace USA and serves, as co-chair of the Indigenous Women's Network, a North American and Pacific indigenous women's organization. In 1998, Ms Magazine named her Woman of the Year for her work with Honor the Earth.

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