“Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People” to Debut Short Documentary at Tribal Film Festival

Published November 14, 2018

Special screening held in Hollywood on Nov. 17 at 4:00 p.m.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation’s Emmy award-winning documentary series, “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People,” has been named a finalist in the Short Documentary category at the 2018 LA SKINS FEST, presented by COMCAST NBCUNIVERSAL.

The short documentary, titled “Harry Oosahwee, Speaking Through Art,” features Cherokee Nation citizen and soapstone artist Harry Oosahwee. The film will be screened on Nov. 17 at 4 p.m., followed by a Q&A session with executive producer and host Jennifer Loren.

Winners of the Short Documentary category will be announced at the Celebrate Natives in Film, TV, and New Media Awards ceremony later that night.

“We are honored and humbled to be selected for this festival among so many of our talented peers,” Loren said. “We take our work seriously and are so proud the Cherokee people trust us to share their stories through film. The exposure from this festival will further bolster our mission of sharing authentic Cherokee stories with the world. Like many of our subjects, Harry Oosahwee’s deep connection to Cherokee culture has played a vital role in his art. His compelling story demonstrates the role language has played in his art as well as the challenges that our people have faced through the loss of our language and the ways we have worked to overcome this loss.”

Oosahwee’s story was produced by Jennifer Loren (Cherokee) and directed by Sterlin Harjo (Muscogee Creek/Seminole), one of the co-creators of “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People.” It was edited by Harjo and Blake Brown (Chickasaw) of FireThief Productions.

“OsiyoTV continues to evolve and create informative and entertaining stories that tell the important stories of Cherokee history, culture and people,” said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. “We are proud to share this narrative. Participating in a unique LA film festival designed for Native filmmakers only reinforces our commitment to short and long form filmmaking from a distinctly Cherokee point of view.”

The prestigious LA SKINS FEST ranks among the country’s best film festivals and is an annual gathering for film industry insiders, cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers and critics.

The six-day festival runs Nov. 13 – 18 at the TLC Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

More than 70 Native American, independent productions representing hundreds of reservations, nations and tribal organizations from North and South America will be featured throughout the festival.

“NBCUniversal embraces the power of diverse storytelling and has great respect for the rich traditions of Native Americans,” said Craig Robinson, executive vice president and chief diversity officer at NBCUniversal. “Our partnership with the LA SKINS FEST helps us share these unique narratives with the world.”

Established in 2015 and hosted by Cherokee Nation citizen and Emmy-winning journalist Jennifer Loren, “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People” features documentary-style profiles on the people, places, heritage, history and culture of the Cherokee people. It is funded and produced by Cherokee Nation Businesses.

The series has received numerous regional, national and international accolades, including five Heartland Regional Emmy awards.

For more information and to watch “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People,” please visit www.osiyo.tv.

For more information about LA SKINS FEST, please visit www.LASKINSFEST.com.

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