Sterlin Harjo | Co-Creator, Executive Producer | Reservation Dogs
Co-Creator / Executive Producer / Showrunner / Writer / Director
Sterlin Harjo is a member of the Seminole Nation, has Muskogee heritage and was raised in Holdenville, Oklahoma. He received a fellowship from the Sundance Institute where his short film Goodnight Irene premiered at the 2005 Festival, and it also received a Special Jury Award at the Aspen Shortsfest. Harjo’s first feature film, Four Sheets to the Wind, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007 and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. His feature documentary This May Be the Last Time premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014 and is based on the story of Harjo's grandfather, who disappeared in 1962 in the Seminal County town of Sasakwa.
Harjo co-created Reservation Dogs with Taika Waititi. The series won an Independent Spirit Award for Best New Scripted Series, in addition to winning Breakthrough Series – Short Format at the 2021 Gotham Awards.
Harjo is also directing and co-writing a new project for FX with bestselling novelist Jonathan Lee. Paramount+ recently bought his series Yellow Bird, which he’s co-creating with Erica Tremblay based on the Sierra Crane Murdoch novel. In addition, LeBron James will be producing Rez Ball, which Harjo co-wrote with Sydney Freeland for Netflix. Amidst all this, he still makes time to be an active member of his Indigenous comedy troupe, The 1491s.