Category Archives: Native Film
On December 22, 2017 Thunderbird Group LLC kicks off their New Mexico-based Native
American film production company in a series of events including the beginning of production of
Water Warrior, a science-fiction short film of redemption and forgiveness that is both universal
and personal for Executive Director and Screenwriter Pony Vigil.
Produced primarily with a core of Native American crew and talent, Water Warrior stars Adam
Chess (“Into the West,” “We’re the Millers”) and is based on an original Native American alltribes
perspective story. Protagonist Water Warrior is called back to Earth from the spirit world
and must fight Dark Forces to literally and metaphorically change the world.
The film will make use of the science fiction genre and 21st century technology to reveal
character significance and pack symbolic meaning into accelerated action scenes.
In April 2015, Pony was in a severe car accident. He temporarily left this world in a near-death
experience. He was brought back and during his recovery, he felt that his calling was, to make
Native American movies with thought provoking messages and to mentor indigenous filmmakers
in telling their stories. Thunderbird Group currently has four Native interns.
Since visual effects are crucial to the film’s story. Thunderbird Group will begin crowdfunding for the making of the short film Water Warrior.