Donald L. Vasicek 
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Donald L. Vasicek studied producing, directing and line producing at the Hollywood Film Institute and at Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. He studied screenwriting at The Complete Screenplay, Inc., with Sally Merlin (”White Squall”, “Short Circuit”), as his mentor. Don has taught, mentored, and is a script consultant for over 400 writers, directors, producers, actors and production companies. Don has also been in 20th Century Fox’s “Die Hard With a Vengeance”, NBC’s Mystery of “Flight 1501″, ABC’s “Father Dowling”, Red-Handed Production’s “Summer Reunion”, and Angel Street Films LLC’s “Running Horses.” These activities have resulted in Don’s involvement in over 100 movies during the past 25 years, from major studios to independent films. His documentary film, “The Sand Creek Massacre” won best film at three film festivals. It was recently catalogued into Smithsonian Institute Libraries, 42 American Indian Trial Libraries and the University of California at Berkley Library. It has been screened and aired in every major city in the United States, smaller cities, towns, and villages, and even in a 4th grade class. Films Media Group, the largest educational video distributor in the world, is distributing the film. Don has also written, directed and produced “Faces”, “Oh, The Places You Can Go….”, acted as a writer consultant for MGM’s “Warriors of Virtue”, American Pictures, “The Lost Heart” and “Born to Kill” and was given story credit for Incline Productions Inc.’s “Born to Win.” Don also has written and published over 500 books, short stories and articles. Don has been a guest screenwriting and filmmaking columnist and maintains a writing/screenwriting online blog. Don is on the board of directors of the American Indian Genocide Museum in Houston. Don is the founder and owner of Olympus Films+, LLC, a global writing and filmmaking company. He is a screenwriting volunteer on and He has also been a Special Olympics volunteer coach for middle-school basketball for 13 years.

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Re: “Descendants of Sand Creek Massacre sue feds

The Sand Creek Massacre was the ugliest form of human depravity in American history, even transcending Columbine, Virginia Tech, Newton, Boston, and so on.
Rape, mutilations, executions, murder and burning bodies of children, special needs people, elders, and women top the list of depravities.
-Donald L. Vasicek

Dear Mr. Gorski,

Although your article about the Sand Creek Massacre Descendants' Trust
law suit for reparations regarding the Sand Creek Massacre is informative,
I have to say that I was surprised to see that there were inaccuracies in it.

I wrote, directed and produced "The Sand Creek Massacre", a documentary
film that featured Cheyenne and Arapaho descendants of the Sand Creek
Massacre sharing their family oral histories with me. Two Cheyenne and
direct Sand Creek Massacre descendants, Southern Cheyenne Chief
Laird (Whistling Eagle) Cometsevah and his wife, Colleen, an historian
and genealogist, told me that over 400 Cheyenne were murdered at
Sand Creek. They based this figure on what has been known in their
families for 150 years. They also told me that the Arapaho always
traveled and camped about 8 miles behind the Cheyenne, so the
Arapaho were not at Sand Creek.

Many laugh at this and say the Cometsevah's did not know
what they were saying. Both of them passed on before they could
finish their work. They played an integral role in guiding and directing
me while making my film. The film won 3 best film film festival awards
and was cataloged into the Smithsonian Institute Libraries, amongst
other things. Films Media Group has been distributing it in North
America and Asia.

Media and journalists have been using these inaccuracies for years. It
shows no respect for Laird and Colleen. It's like slapping them in
the face. The only thing they ever wanted, as most of America's
indigenous people, have always desired, simply respect and America's
media and press continue to wipe their feet on them. Until that respect
is genuinely exhibited by the media and press, America's indigenous
people will continue to be looked upon as second class citizens by
most others.

Best Regards,

Donald L. Vasicek
Olympus Films+, LLC
The Zen of Writing & Screenwriting

Posted by Donald L. Vasicek on 07/13/2013 at 2:10 PM

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