Library Showcase

Oklahoma Filmmaker Sterlin Harjo

Thursday, October 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at the SWOSU Conference Center

Oklahoma Filmmaker Sterlin Harjo, Oct. 3, 2013, 7PM

Sterlin Harjo, a Native American filmmaker, will make an appearance at Southwestern Oklahoma State University on Thursday, October 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at the Conference Center on the Southwestern Oklahoma State University campus, 1121 N. 7th St. He will be discussing his life as a filmmaker and the techniques he uses when making his films. This free event is a part of the Library Showcase series and is sponsored by the SWOSU's Al Harris Library. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Born and raised in Holdenville, Oklahoma, Sterlin Harjo currently lives in Tulsa and works at This Land Press. In 2006, he was selected as one of the inaugural recipients and the first Native American recipient of the prestigious United States Artists Fellowship. In the same year, he was selected for a 2006 Media Arts Fellowship from Renew Media and won the Creative Promise Award from Tribeca All Access for his script, Before the Beast Returns. Harjo's first feature film, Four Sheets to the Wind, premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and has been widely screened nationally and internationally at film festivals and art cinemas. His second feature film, Barking Water, was shot in Oklahoma in the Summer of 2008 and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. This film won awards for Best Film and Best Actress at the 2009 American Indian Film Festival. Harjo says that "making art house films like the Oklahoma-centric Four Sheets to the Wind and Barking Water means taking a lot of time to tell one story." Harjo loves working at This Land Press, where multiple projects relevant to his home state constantly demand his attention. Not content to be one of the many great artists who left Oklahoma, Harjo is dedicated to proving inspiration is not far from home, and at This Land Press, he highlights the stories that inspire him.

Harjo has served as a jury member for the Sundance Film Festival and an advisor for the Sundance Institute Ford Foundation Film Fellowship. Also, he has worked for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute.

For more information or questions about the event, contact Linda Pye at the SWOSU Al Harris Library at 580.774-7021 or

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