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 an award winning full-service, independent film production company based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to client collaboration, FireThief creates independent projects and specializes in creative documentary filmmaking.
We spark the tinder and fan the flames of human experience. Our stories burn like orange embers in the fine ash.
BAND OF THIEVES
Seventy-five years of combined experience in filmmaking and photography, marketing and image-branding. Creative talent that can’t be contained.
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, Producer, Director of Photography, CEO and Janitor
Outside: For pictures that speak 10,000 words, look here.
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
Zach Litwack is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker based out of Tulsa, OK. Having worked in the industry for over 15 years, his fiction and documentary films have screened at festivals throughout the U.S. and at international festivals, including the Maoriland Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival. He currently works as the Lead Editor at FireThief Productions, where he edits the television show, “Osiyo: Voices of the Cherokee People,” as well as assorted documentary and fiction films.
Inside: Lead Editor
Outside: Editor, Camera Operator, Writer, Director. Watch his work here.
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.
The ying to our yang. As our Business Development Manager, Malinda keeps everything moving while keeping us grounded. With a MFA from California State University, she brings a unique blend of creativity and organization to FireThief.
Inside: Business Development Manager
Outside: You can catch her wasting time in a darkroom, cross-stitching, drinking low-point beer, volunteering at Camp Fire or arguing the cultural ramifications of relational aesthetics.
As FireThief's Project Manager, Chelsea brings organization to the creative chaos of film production. She juggles deadlines, estimates, production schedules, and personalities with grace, and is always thinking ahead to the next step or the next project. Her happy place is seeing all the pieces fall in place on set for a smooth, fun shoot.
Inside: project manager, production coordinator
Outside: producer, unit production manager, baker, amateur gardener
The one in the hat. Kyle Bell is an Emmy Award Winning filmmaker based out of Tulsa, OK. His films have screened at numerous festivals across the world, most recently winning the Seattle International Film Festival Audience Award for Best Short Film
Inside: Director, DP, Editor
Outside: Watch his compelling documentary of Standing Rock.
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.
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
Nick is a recent graduate of Rogers State University and already has an extensive background in video production. Originally a news editor, he joined the FireThief crew in 2018 as an assistant editor and videographer. Nick is responsible for gear management as well as many production details that keep the ship running smoothly.
Nathan Young (born 1975, Tahlequah, OK) is a multidisciplinary artist and composer working in an expanded practice that incorporates sound, video, documentary, animation, installation, socially engaged art and experimental and improvised music. Nathan’s work often engages the spiritual and the political and re-imagines indigenous sacred imagery in order to complicate and subvert notions of the sublime. Nathan is a founding and former member for the artist collective Postcommodity (2007-2015) and holds an MFA in Music / Sound from Bard College’s Milton-Avery School of the Arts.
Inside: Sound Recordist, Editor
Outside: Founding member of Postcommodity, an interdisciplinary indigenous art collective. Tulsa Artist Fellow.
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.
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.