Spirit Water

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Time is running out for a dying Native American to visit the grave of his son, a war hero buried at Normandy. He can only achieve his dream with the help of a young friend named Charles, a three- legged dog named Custer, and a home-made drink called "Spirit Water."

" I believe in the message of this story because it promotes a contemporary view of Native culture and invites people to look past stereotypes to find compassion and understanding, things that are far too often overlooked in films today. Let me know when "Spirit Water" comes out - I'll be one of the first to go see it."

Brian Cladoosby,
President of the National Congress of American Indians
Chairman Swinomish Indian Tribal Community


Jet City Films is proud to announce "Off the Horse" a Native led, non-profit organization has chosen to help support "Spirit Water" and will be working to raise funding and awareness for its production.

While further funding is needed, we are proud and honored to have the support and approval of this organization.

The story of "Spirit Water" centers around seven Native characters and will be cast with Native/Indigeous actors.

Very Special thanks to the Swinomish Tribe.

Production Team

A feature film coproduction with Triton Media
Rupert Harvey: Executive Producer
Kara Briggs: Producer
Brian Young: Writer/Director
Eric Chauvin: Visual Effects

Cast (Attached)

MichaelHorse Alex RIce
Michael Horse
Alex Rice
Morning Dove Lawson
Kevin Tighe
Harvey Henderson

For more information about this production email Jet City Films








It is 1957, and time is running out for old an old Native American named Fox to visit the gravesite of his son, a war hero buried in France. He can only achieve his dream with the help of his young friend, Charles, a three-legged dog named Custer, and drink called “Spirit Water.”


D-Day, June 6, 1944

The largest military invasion in the history of the world begins.  Inside the C-47 aircraft carrying paratroopers to the skies over Normandy you can see the fear in the eyes of many of the young men facing death.  You can hear several prayers being offered, some in a language unknown to most. Two young Native American soldiers are onboard. One gives his life while saving his friend on the battlefield below.


Thirteen-year-old Native American, Charles Lawson, gets ready for school. It is 1957 and Elvis is not only king, but part Cherokee Indian, and a role model for a boy seeking to find his identity in a very “white” world. Charles and his best friend, Willard decide that it is time for Charles to perform in the talent show at school, but first, he must earn enough money to buy the guitar hanging in the window of the local store.

Against his fathers wishes, Charles’ chance to earn some cash comes when his mother, Morning, decides it would be a good idea for him to help out an old friend hers.

Fox lives on the outskirts of town and except for the occasional school bus going by, not too much traffic finds it’s way past the old decrepit roadside stand in Fox’s front yard. Fox has been making, and trying to sell, his “Spirit Water” for years but nobody buys it. His drink is the butt of many jokes and Charles thinks he has better things to do than to help an old Indian sell his water to no one.

Charles discovers that Fox has a dream as well. Fox’s son was killed in the war and was left buried in France. He is trying to raise enough money to travel to Normandy to perform a ceremony to lead his son’s spirit home. As their friendship grows, Charles begins to learn more about himself, his Native heritage, and his family’s past.

Charles has his eye on a pretty girl named Stacy Wilcox. Stacy and Charles become quick friends when she begins to tutor him in their Economics class, but the rest of the students find it hard to accept their friendship. Stacy’s older brother, Steve, and her father, Stan, both warn Stacy that her acquaintance with an Indian will be the source of trouble; as “she knows the way things work around here.”

Charles finally raises enough money to buy his guitar, he is dismayed to learn it is no longer on sale, and thus he cannot yet afford it. When Stacy tries to intervene and help pay for the guitar, an altercation with her brother, Steve, ensues and Charles’ guitar and his hopes of attaining his dream, are smashed in the process.

Business is booming when he main highway outside of town is closed for repaving and soon traffic begins to run steadily past Fox’s Spirit Water stand. Once people try the drink it becomes an instant success. Charles and Fox make many friends and profits in the process.

The State Health Department takes notice of Fox’s herbal drink and sends two health inspectors out to shut the stand down. Fox is devastated. To make matters worse, when Charles’ father, Joseph, finds out he has been helping Fox, he grounds Charles and forbids him from going to Fox’s again.

Stacy stops by to secretly deliver his guitar money back to Charles but instead of continuing to save for the guitar, Charles decides to deliver his jar of cash to his friend Fox for his trip to France.

Charles arrives on Fox’s doorstep he find his friend in a semi-coma, suffering from diabetes. After helping his friend recover by feeding him his beloved sugar cubes, Charles discovers photos of his mother, Morning, and Fox’s own son, also named Charles, together before the war.

Charles confronts his mother later, he learns the truth that Fox’s son was his mother’s fiancé and his father, Joseph was his best friend. The war changed everything in their lives.

Charles awakens one morning and quickly heads over to Fox’s house to explain to Fox he has had a “vision.” Fox decides Charles has been delivered a name by his ancestors and the two head into a remote “sacred” canyon where Fox performs a naming ceremony on Charles.

The day of the talent show arrives and everyone, including Stacy, waits for Charles to perform as Elvis. The audience is stunned into silence when the curtains part and Charles, in full Native regalia, performs an amazing Native dance instead.

Charles’ father and Fox talk to each other after the show and Joseph relates to Fox how Fox’s own son saved his life and gave up his own in the process. He has been afraid to tell Charles that it is Fox’s son, not himself that is his real father.

At school, Charles approaches Stacy to ask her to the upcoming dance, but she turns him down, caving in to the pressure and trouble she feels it would cause them both. She gives Charles a quick kiss “good-bye.”

The Health Department returns, granting the sale of “Spirit Water” but before the stand can be reopened it is vandalized by Stacy’s brother and his friends.

Charles and Fox work into the night preparing a new batch of water for sale and Fox gives Charles not only his guitar money back, with interest, but also the Silver Star medal his own son had won in the war.

Fox invites Charles to accompany him on his journey to France.

Steve and his friends are breaking the bottles of Spirit Water they had stolen from the stand when they decide it is time to teach Charles a lesson for hanging out with Stacy. They decide to drive over to his house to put a good scare in him, but on the way over Steve gets in a car accident that destroys the Spirit Water stand completely.

Fox, thinking that Charles was out in the stand getting supplies, believes his young friend has been killed in the accident and has a heart attack.

Fox awakes in the hospital where Charles awaits him at his bedside. He reveals to Fox that he has figured out that his old friend was his own grandfather and that Fox’s son is Charles’ real father.

Fox passes away, a happy man.

Charles and his father, Joseph, arrive at the American cemetery in Normandy.

Charles begins to sing, and together, they perform a ceremony to bring Fox’s son’s spirit home.