Oklahoma Film Chosen for Sundance Festival

By Shottenkirk, Jerry | THE JOURNAL RECORD, December 18, 2006 | Go to article overview

Oklahoma Film Chosen for Sundance Festival


Shottenkirk, Jerry, THE JOURNAL RECORD


An Oklahoma-made film has been selected to compete for the Grand Jury Prize for drama at the famed Sundance Festival next month in Park City, Utah.

An invitation to Sundance, an international festival founded by actor Robert Redford, is one of the top plums an independent filmmaker can receive, and writer-director Sterlin Harjo's Four Sheets to the Wind was one of 16 films selected for the Grand Jury competition in drama. Sundance selected a total of 64 in all categories. There were more than 3,200 submissions. The festival will run Jan. 18-28.

Harjo, a Native American of Seminole and Creek Indian heritage, was selected as one of the top five Annenberg Film Fellows at the Sundance Institute, and his participation in Sundance's Feature Film Program was for two years. He wrote the screenplay at that time and received advice from Redford and Stanley Tucci, who now stars in the CBS series 3 lbs.

Four Sheets to the Wind is the story of a young man who leaves a Native American reservation after his father's suicide.

"Making a film is a very scary thing," Harjo said. "You just put your heart into it and hope that things go right. You also hope that special things happen during the process that you didn't expect. …

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