The OFCC will present Harjo with the Tilghman Award in a short ceremony Saturday after a screening of his most recent works, a series of documentary shorts for Tulsa's This Land Press. The screening, which begins at 5:30 p.m., will be at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art as part of the museum's American Indian Cinema Showcase.
Harjo, 31, a member of the Seminole and Creek nations, has earned international acclaim for films examining contemporary life of American Indians. But his feature-length narratives—“Four Sheets to the Wind” in 2007 and “Barking Water” in 2009—are emotionally rich motion pictures populated by complex characters.
“Sterlin's films are invested with a humanity and depth of emotion that eludes many of his older, more experienced peers,” OFCC President Rod Lott said. “In a short period of time, Sterlin has really raised the bar for Oklahoma filmmakers. He more than deserves the Tilghman for his commitment to his art.”
Below: Four Sheets to the Wind.