The Fifth Sacred Thing cover art by Keith Batcheller

For all of you who have been part of our efforts to make The Fifth Sacred Thing movie, we wanted to just review what we’ve accomplished in 2012 and what we hope to achieve in 2013.

In the summer of 2011, we ran a very successful Kickstarter campaign that raised $76,000, money which has sustained us throughout 2012.  The best part of the campaign was that it demonstrated how much amazing support there is for this project in our extended communities.

Of that money, a big chunk goes back to Kickstarter, Amazon, and must be used to fulfill the gift pledges to donors.  The rest went many places—getting our legal and financial structures set up and vetted, creating art, character sketches and illustrations, getting some musical themes written and recorded, getting a preliminary line-item budget done and an investor packet written, illustrated, designed and distributed to likely prospects.  We also brought on board Andie Grace to shepherd our web presence and social media—formerly, she did that for Burning Man.  We’ve maintained an active website, Facebook page and Twitter account, which continue to build support and ‘buzz’ for the project.

And some of the money allowed Starhawk to devote time to revising the screenplay, writing a treatment and first script for a two-part variation, and a draft of the sequel, working title City of Refuge, in which Bird and Madrone go down to liberate the Southlands.

Starhawk and Jay Rosenberg, our Green Coordinator, also ran a pilot program in Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco’s most stressed inner-city neighborhood, that we hope will prove a template for programs we can do in connection with the movie production.  We built an urban garden together with six young people who come from public housing and who have had involvement with the criminal justice system.  They learned permaculture, horticulture, job readiness skills and built confidence and self-esteem, and four out of the six went on to jobs and/or higher education.

As we step into 2013, we are gearing up for a new push.  Our financing has not come as quickly as we’d hoped, and we’ve taken time to reflect on the feedback we’ve been receiving that our first budget may be too high, requiring either big-name stars or a studio to finance it.  We knew that from the beginning, but decided to at least start at the top!

Currently, we are producing a new short video pitch, and should have it ready early in March.  It will be narrated by Olympia Dukakis, who has given us a letter of interest in playing Maya.  The video will feature some of our new art and music, and will be of great help in securing our three major goals for the year:


A director and key personnel

Casting for key roles

If we can meet those goals, we’ll be rolling into preproduction in late 2013 and shooting in 2014!

And Starhawk’s personal goal is to finish the sequel!

We’re deeply grateful for the help and encouragement you’ve already given us.

If you or someone you know would like to donate to the project, you can do so here.  Donations are tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor Alliance of Community Trainers and can also be sent directly to them, earmarked The Fifth Sacred Thing, at:

Alliance of Community Trainers (ACT)
PO Box  1286
Austin TX 78767-1286

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Or, if you or others have specific skills to offer, you can sign up on our website to get on our database. And of course, keep up to date on our progress via this blog!

Thanks so much for all you’ve done to make this project a reality.  We are so deeply grateful to have you on our team!


Happy New Year!

Starhawk for The Fifth Sacred Thing Movie

11 Responses to FILM UPDATE! 2012 Review – and what’s next for TFST

  1. sevenus says:

    take a look at vodo. it is like kickstarter, but geared towards video.
    Can’t wait to see the movie. Also the book sequel…

  2. Brenda Hoard says:

    I just found out about this and I am so happy that it will be made into a movie…and it’s not going to be just any movie. It is a life changing movement. I can not give much right now but I will be giving a little bit.
    I have told people for a long time now to read this Awesome, wonderful, moving book since it came out and I have read it at least ten times. Thank you so much Starhawk!

    • Michelle dhyanna says:

      I agree whole heartedly and believe this movie will inspire and change lives as the book has done for me and I’m sure many others. I can’t remember the last time I was anticipating a film so much. I admire Starhawk for everything she’s accomplished. Xoxo michelle dhyanna

  3. Check out the incredibly imaginative and creative artists of Lelavison to bring music and wonder to your green sci fi future. I’m waiting for the force of nature which is Starhawk to begin the green sci fi era in film. I hope to be right behind her all the way. Thanks for leading!

  4. Can Starhawk get an invitation to do a TED talk? Just an idea.

  5. Have you seen the documentary “Fog City Mavericks”? Starhawk may find allies among the filmmakers featured in

  6. Me again. Has anyone approached Philip Kaufman?

  7. shadowewolf says:

    Cant wait for the movie, much less the soundtrack!

  8. Aileen Gould says:

    The Fifth Sacred Thing is by far one of the best books I have ever read. Please keep mee updated on t6he progress of the movie and the book sequel. Thank you so much. Namaste.

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