Local producers, Erik Stoops--who wrote the original story along with 47 other published books--and Matthew Boone, attorney and business mind behind the movie, became inspired after visiting Laughlin Ranch. Once in the canyon, which forms a natural wash, many animals can be observed in their natural habitat. Stoops and Boone quickly fell in love with the mystique and beauty of the area and decided to team up with David Lords to produce a feature-length film in hopes of sharing their experience.
The Legend of Secret Pass is about a Native American boy who must come to terms with his destiny, and with the help of magical Native American folklore, overcomes a wicked spirit and ancient evil and prevents a cataclysmic event. In the film, animals that Stoops and Boone encountered on their journey through Secret Pass all play a role in this "clash of ageless magic."
Judging by these images, the movie is a romanticized look at Southwest Indian life with none of the harsh realities. The buttes soar higher than any formations in Monument Valley. The boy and his grandfather (?) live in a big rambling house that would be worth close to $1 million. The pass hides ancient pueblo dwellings more extensive than those at Mesa Verde.
The home looks modern--20th century at least--so it'll be interesting to see how the filmmakers handle certain questions. Do the Indians belong to a certain tribe, or are they generic? What about other humans, both Native and non-Native, and their technology? Will there be any acknowledgment of the non-magical reality of Indian life?