Team

Jennifer Loren

Host and Executive Producer

Jennifer Loren is a 15-year veteran of the TV business; anchoring, writing and producing investigative stories for television news and now producing and hosting the magazine style show, Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People. Jennifer is a proud citizen of the Cherokee Nation and is thrilled to share her tribe’s stories with the world.

She is a graduate of the Gaylord College of Journalism at the University of Oklahoma and an active member of the Native American Journalists Association and Society of Environmental Journalists. She is an eight-time Emmy nominee and has been awarded two Emmys; one as Executive Producer and Host of Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People, which won best cultural documentary in 2016 and one for her coverage of politics and government in 2012. She won an AVA Digital Gold Award in 2015 for on-camera talent and a Telly Platinum Award and People’s Telly Award for her work on Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People. Jennifer has won several awards for investigative reporting including the 2011 Society of Environmental Journalists’ Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding In-depth Reporting and the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists’ First Amendment Award.

To contact Jennifer, send an email to contact@osiyo.tv.


Jeremy Charles

Director

Jeremy Charles is a Cherokee visual artist based in Oklahoma. Jeremy spent 10 years as an Art Director before becoming an award winning Photographer – best known for creative portraits of musicians, public figures and athletes. He has now added video production to his expertise, forming Fire Thief Productions with filmmaker Sterlin Harjo in 2014.

“The opportunity to create a TV show focused on the Cherokee people is both an honor and a thrill for me as a Cherokee citizen. I think viewers will be excited by the interesting characters and memorable stories we’ll share with you each month.”

Jeremy grew up in the ranch lands of Oologah, Oklahoma, in the Cooweescoowee District of the Cherokee Nation. He now resides in Tulsa with his wife Jenny and two daughters.


Sterlin Harjo

Director

Sterlin Harjo belongs to the Seminole and Creek Nations and is a filmmaker and founding member of the all Native comedy group the 1491s.

Harjo studied painting at the University of Oklahoma before writing his first feature-length script. Later he studied screenwriting in the University of Oklahoma’s Film and Video Studies Program.

In 2004, Sterlin received the Annenberg Fellowship from the Sundance Institute to work on a two-year feature project. He is a United States Artists award recipient, and was the youngest of the 2006 class.

His feature film script, Four Sheets To The Wind, was developed under the guidance of industry veterans such as Robert Redford, Stanley Tucci, Joan Tewkesbury, Susan Shilliday, Frank Pierson, Walter Mosley, and Antonia Bird. It was one of 12 projects chosen from a pool of almost 2,500 based on the uniqueness of his voice, originality of story and promise of offering something poignant to American cinema. In 2007 the feature film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

His short film, Good Night Irene, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005 and played at festivals around the world. It received several awards including Special Jury Recognition at the Aspen Shorts Festival and Best Oklahoma Film at the Dead Center Film Festival in Oklahoma City.

Barking Water, Sterlin’s most recent film, premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was part the New Directors/New Film series in New York City. It was also the only American film in the Venice Days section of the 2009 Venice Film Festival.

This May Be The Last Time, Harjo’s first documentary, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and is currently playing in the festival circuit.

Sterlin is a native of Holdenville, Oklahoma, and in addition to working on Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People, he is currently working on post production of his latest fictional film, Mekko.


Colleen Thurston

Production Specialist

Colleen Thurston is a media producer, educator, and film programmer from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

She holds a degree from the University of Arizona in Media Arts and Anthropology, and earned her Masters of Fine Arts in nonfiction filmmaking from Montana State University, where she also completed a graduate certificate in Native American Studies. Specializing in short form documentary production, she has worked for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Channel, as well as in freelance production positions for various other non governmental organizations. In 2015, Colleen helped establish the Tulsa American Film Festival, for which she currently serves as the Director of Programming. She is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and a seventh generation Oklahoman. Colleen is proud to join the OsiyoTV team to help showcase Native voices and tell the stories of the Cherokee Nation.