Everybody has a story, and every story a time. Stories older than memory, and new chapters aching to be written. Some of the words speak for themselves. But the best ones reside between the lines.
We follow the river where it leads, to places you recognize but have never seen. And like any good crew, we never row alone. Our inspiration is vast: tragic figures and comic books, fasting and feasting, green chile and white clouds. Old fears. What lasts is the story. Storytelling is an instinct, old and sacred, like stones the earth cannot contain. To find the source, where the roots are buried, you must dig deep.
A long row to hoe, as the man once said. Stories, period, the end. Tell us yours. And we'll tell the rest.
FireThief Productions is a full-service, independent production company specializing in creative documentary filmmaking. In addition to client collaboration, FireThief creates independent projects and specializes in documentary-style filmmaking.
we spark the tinder and fan the flames of human experience. our stories burn like orange embers in the fine ash.
Osiyo, Voices of the cherokee people
This Emmy Award-winning program is a monthly news magazine-style program featuring people, places history and culture of the Cherokee Nation.
Leon Russell's Church Studio documentary
FireThief is collaborating with The Church Studio, recording studio and home office of Leon Russell's Shelter Records in the 1970s, to create a documentary exploring this history and legacy of the studio, Leon Russell and the Tulsa Sound.
Set to the backdrop of rural America and the people that call it home, “Terlton, Oklahoma” is a story of loss, redemption, grief and the power of a community to overcome and move forward.
This is an independent project of FireThief Productions.
Seventy-five years of combined experience in filmmaking and photography, marketing and image-branding. Creative talent that can’t be contained.
Sterlin’s first feature film, Four Sheets to the Wind, premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival where it was nominated for the grand jury prize. His latest, Mekko, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and internationally at the Toronto International Film Festival. A prodigious writer and producer, Sterlin launched the FireThief cooperative in the creative hotbed of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
A son of Holdenville, site of the original Creek settlement of echo, for “deer.”
Inside: Creative Director
A groundbreaking stylist and art director without fear, Jeremy’s visual spirit anchors the FireThief ethic. His clients include NBA superstars and Grammy nominees. His portfolio is legend.
Born and raised in the ranchlands of northeast Oklahoma, in the town of Oologah—home of Will Rogers—Cherokee for “dark cloud.”
Inside: Director of Photography
Outside: For pictures that speak 10,000 words, look here.
Band of Thieves
Jessi is traffic cop. As project manager, producer and video editor, she runs the show at the FireThief mothership in historic Kendall-Whittier.
Inside: Project Manager, Marketing and Development
Outside: Producer of some 100 mini-documentaries. Here’s one.
The one in the hat. Wildly creative and fully operational, Kyle shoots and edits and, as FireThief's technical expert, keeps everybody else up and running.
Inside: Grip, Camera Operator, Editor
Outside: Watch his compelling documentary of Standing Rock.
Zach helps with a myriad FireThief film projects, and fills the lead editor role on "Osiyo.”
Inside: Lead Editor
Outside: Editor, Camera Operator, Writer, Director. Watch his work here.
A FireThief collaborator from the get-go, Charles is a veteran of the budding Tulsa film and video industry. His storytelling capabilities have guided everything from short films to corporate branding.
Inside: Camera Operator, Editor
Outside: DP, Writer, Editor, Director of two full-length features.
Assistant editor of video production, and one of the voices featured on our Emmy-winning TV series, “Osiyo: Voices of the Cherokee People.”
Inside: Assistant Editor
Outside: Voice Talent, Producer
An independent cinematographer and photographer (with New York Times credits), Shane is a master of timelapse and environmental portrait. He was Director of Photography on Harjo’s latest feature film, Mekko.
Inside: Camera Operator
Outside: DP, Photography. Follow his photographic documentary journey.
Photographer, sound recordist and our resident drone operator, Travis puts the finishing touch on every FireThief production.
Inside: Drone and Camera Operator, Gaffer, Sound Recordist
Outside: See his view of Black Mesa, the highest elevation in Oklahoma.
A Tulsa Artist Fellow, Nathan has produced in a variety of media—documentary film, animation, multi-media installation and musical improvisation.
Inside: Sound Recordist, Editor
Outside: Founding member of Postcommodity, an interdisciplinary indigenous art collective. Tulsa Artist Fellow.
Blake Brown is an animator and director’s assistant from Tulsa,OK. She attended the University of Oklahoma before moving to NYC to get her start in Film and TV Production. She’s worked for projects such as Broad City, Louie, Vice, High Maintenance, The Beatles: Eight Days a week, and more. She now animates for Firethief and assists Sterlin Harjo.
Inside: Animator, Director's Assistant
Outside: Talent, PA
Ryan is our "Everything Sound Guy." Not only does he go on location for sound recordings with FireThief, but also mixes all of Osiyo TV's episodes.
INSIDE: Sound Recordist and Engineer
OUTSIDE: Freelance Audio Recordist and Engineer. To check out his work including music, commercials, docs and feature films visit his website.
Matt's early claim to fame was directing the music video Midnight Vignette, voted one of the top-ten indie videos of 2008 by MTV. He transitioned into commercial editing, working on high profile political campaigns, national commercials and XBOX titles. His work in documentary began co-directing and co-producing This Land a thought provoking and delicately crafted television series on life in Middle America with pieces featured on PBS. He produced and edited his first feature film This May Be The Last Time (AMC / Sundance International) that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2014 and screened at MoMA. His latest, Far Western, premiered at IDFA 2017 in Amsterdam.
Outside: Producer, Director, Editor. Check out his latest documentary here.
Kawnar is a recording artist, music composer, songwriter and rapper living in Denver, Colorado. He has been making music for more than 14 years. He recently created a concept album that centers on a spoken story called "The Giant".
Outside: Listen to his music here.
Jennifer Loren is a 15-year veteran of the TV business; anchoring, writing and producing investigative stories for television news and now producing and hosting the magazine style show, Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People.
Jennifer is a proud citizen of the Cherokee Nation and is thrilled to share her tribe’s stories with the world.
Colleen Thurston is a media producer, educator, and film programmer from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She serves as a producer on the Osiyo team.
In 2015, Colleen helped establish the Tulsa American Film Festival, for which she currently serves as the Director of Programming.