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ABOUT THE WRITER

Cody Harjo (Seminole/Otoe/Creek/Cherokee) holds a Bachelor's degree in History modified with Native American Studies and a minor in Film and Television Studies from Dartmouth College.

While at Dartmouth, she received the Alexander Laing Memorial Prize for Excellence in Screenwriting. In 2006, she was a scholar for the Great Plains Chautauqua, a unique public humanities organization that allowed her to combine academic and narrative-style writing for live programs throughout the country. In 2007, she was a participant in the Disney-ABC Summer Film and Television Workshop. She currently resides in New York City.

Cody Harjo between takes on location at the Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center in Angeles National Forest.
THE MIGRATION
(2008, 10 mins.)
Writer:
Cody Harjo
Director:
Sydney Freeland
Supervising Producer:
Stephanie Stonefish Ryan
Producer:
Pamela J. Peters
Mentors:
Travis Adam Wright, Gladys Rodriguez, Heather Ford
Executive Producers:
Paula Starr and James Lujan
Cast:
Larry Omaha, LaVonne Rae Andrews, Andrew Roa, Eagle Young, Niya Harjo.

Onscreen: In a future wracked by global warming and controlled by an authoritarian government, an American Indian family goes into hiding, holding out one last hope for the planet's survival.

Offscreen: In 2008, Southern California Indian Center, Inc, announced itself as a "green" organization, committed to spreading the message, based on American Indian values, of the urgency of protecting the environment. Exec Producer Lujan felt it might be interesting if one of the Creative Spirit productions for the year would reflect this sensibility. As a result, when the annual call for scripts was announced, it was made known that scripts were specifically being sought
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for a "green" category. Ultimately, there weren't an overwhelming number of submissions in this category, but it turned out the eventual winner, Cody Harjo, wrote not only one of the strongest "green" scripts but also one of the strongest scripts received for Creative Spirit in general, as reflected in some of the highest scores ever rendered by a Creative Spirit judging panel.

The production of the third year of Creative Spirit shorts marked the introduction of a new tool in the production process, the
RED camera. At the beginning of Creative Spirit's first year, SCIC purchased two professional high-definition camcorders, which yielded excellent picture quality, but also revealed the limitations of shooting on video, especially when compared to film. Over the next two years, new advances in technology facilitated the development of cameras like the RED which were better able to simulate the aesthetic quality of film. The RED camera has since become a valuable economical alternative for independent filmmakers and even some big name directors. Recent notable films shot on RED include "District 9," "The Lovely Bones," "The Green Zone," and "Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian."
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Said Exec Producer Lujan, "Our limited budget didn't allow us to purchase a RED camera, but we felt it was important for our filmmakers to get experience working with it, since it's an emerging technology being used more and more by the industry. We were fortunate enough to find two Native cinematographers who had their own RED packages for both of the third year films. I think if you compare the look and feel of the Creative Spirit films from the first two years to year three, you definitely see a difference. On a visual level, the third year films just seem more cinematic in terms of screen resolution and more shallow depth of field. Now we just need to find some grant money so we can actually purchase the RED." Usage of the RED camera helped to further erase any lingering perceptions of the Creative Spirit projects as mere "student films," and underscored the fact that InterTribal Entertainment was capable of producing polished, professional work ready for the marketplace.

Film Festivals: 2008 L.A. Skins Fest, 2009 Pitzer College American Indian Film Festival, 2009 Two Worlds Festival of Native Film, 2010 Lake Arrowhead Film Festival, 2010 Sedona Native American Film Festival, 2010 Dreamspeakers Film Festival, 2010 Fargo Film Festival, 2010 Native Punx Short Films, 2010 ImagineNATIVE Film Festival, 2011 Native American Film + Video Festival, 2011 Tulsa International Film Festival, 2011 Bellevue College American Indian Film Festival
CodyH
ABOUT THE WRITER

Cody Harjo (Seminole/Otoe/Creek/Cherokee) holds a Bachelor's degree in History modified with Native American Studies and a minor in Film and Television Studies from Dartmouth College.

While at Dartmouth, she received the Alexander Laing Memorial Prize for Excellence in Screenwriting. In 2006, she was a scholar for the Great Plains Chautauqua, a unique public humanities organization that allowed her to combine academic and narrative-style writing for live programs throughout the country. In 2007, she was a participant in the Disney-ABC Summer Film and Television Workshop. She currently resides in New York City.

Cody Harjo between takes on location at the Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center in Angeles National Forest.