Harjo, a Seminole-Muscogee who grew up in Holdenville has been virtually adopted by the citizens of Tulsa. An award winning
screenwriter, director and producer Harjo has helmed three feature movies, a feature documentary and numerous short subject
films. Currently serving as one of the directors of the television show OSIYO-Voices of The Cherokee People he is also a member
of the comedy troop 1491.
Dale Whisman, the creator of the Carl Jacobs Mystery
Series, spent more than eleven years as a private investigator and insurance fraud investigator before creating his novel
mystery series. Once he began writing he also wrote stageplays that were produced locally and the screenplay, Down The Road
which was produced as an award winning feature motion picture and had a run as an
Sherry Whisman has appeared on stage in more than fifty productions and in more than a dozen independent films. She has served
on both the Board of Directors for the Broken Arrow Community Playhouse and Sapulpa Community Theater. She has also produced
and directed numerous stage productions.
The Bare Bones International Film Festival in Muskogee< Oklahoma have created two awards in the name of Ford Austin. They
are for Best Directing and Best
Ford is truly amazing, if you meet him, you won't forget him. It's not just the many accomplishments he's made over the
last 13 years while supporting the growth of the Bare Bones Film Festival but the lasting impact he has made and continues
to make for his fellow filmmakers, actors and crew.
Ford is a member of the Producers Guild of America, the Southern California Motion Picture Council, Has won 4 Telly Awards
for the movie The Right Stuff, has been featured on the cover of Movie Maker Magazine and so much more.
We honor him as a Trailblazer as he is a shining example of what an Indie Filmmaker can do, be and have as they strive
to live their passion.