TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Sterlin Harjo

Season 05 | Episode 29

Sterlin Harjo

Writer / Producer / Director

Sterlin Harjo, co-creator of FX’s Reservation Dogs, discusses a few of his favorite movies with hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Mekko (2015)
Boy (2010)
Cool Hand Luke (1967) – Larry Karaszewski’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairings
Being There (1979) – Alan Spencer’s trailer commentary, Charlie Largent’s Blu-ray review
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
A Woman Under The Influence (1974)
Husbands (1970) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Stand By Me (1985)
Hamburger: The Motion Picture (1986)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
The Princess Bride (1987) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Friday (1995)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) – Adam Rifkin’s trailer commentary
Dead Man (1995)
Powwow Highway (1988)
Airplane! (1980) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Ghost Dog: Way Of The Samurai (1999)
Stalker (1972) – Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
Come And See (1985) – Larry Karaszewski’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review 
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Rashomon (1950) – Brian Trenchard-Smith’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Stroszek (1977)
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016)
Heartworn Highways (1976)
A Poem Is a Naked Person (2015)
Love And Fury (2020)
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017)
Barton Fink (1991)

Other Notable Items

TFH Guru Allison Anders
Tiffany Anders
Reservation Dogs TV series (2021- )
Taika Waititi
Dallas Goldtooth
Harlan Ellison
Frank Pierson
The Cuts With Sterlin Harjo 
Joy Harjo
Louise Erdrich
Hal Ashby
Yellowstone TV series (2018- )
Chief Dan George
Gary Farmer
Paulina Alexis
John Cassavettes
Garrett Hedlund
Peter Falk
Circle Cinema in Tulsa, OK
Gena Rowlands
Rob Reiner
Rob Schneider
Stephen King
The Ben Stiller Show TV series (1992-1995)
Oliver Stone
The “Olive Stone Land” sketch on The Ben Stiller Show
Haskell Wexler
Will Sampson
Miloš Forman
Jack Nicholson
Jim Jarmusch
Johnny Depp
William Blake
Wes Studi
Robert Stack
The Lakota People
The Powwow Highway novel by David Seals (1983)
Sweet Medicine novel by David Seals (1992)
Zahn McClarnon
Andrei Tarkovsky 
The Lincoln Center in New York City
The Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles
Akira Kurosawa
Werner Herzog
Les Blank
Leon Russell
Townes Van Zandt
Waylon Jennings
Willie Nelson
Outlaw Country
Steve Earle
Guy Clark
“Waiting Around To Die” song by Townes Van Zandt (1968)
Heartworn Highways 40th Anniversary Soundtrack box set (2016)
“Elijah’s Church” song by Steve Earle (1976)
“Rumble” song by Link Wray & The Wraymen (1958)
Jim Thorpe
The legendary Carlisle Indian Football Team

This list is also available on Movies Unlimited and Letterboxd.

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About the Podcast

Filmmakers and entertainers discuss the movies that inspired them. Hosted by Oscar nominated screenwriter and TFH Guru Josh Olson and TFH Fearless Leader Joe Dante.

The Movies That Made Me is recorded live in Hollywood and engineered by film composer Don Barrett.

About The Hosts

Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, INFESTED, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, but that’s okay.

He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits.

The ten-part audio drama BRONZEVILLE which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (THE GAME) recently wrote and sold the feature spec TRIGGER WARNING, which is being produced by Thunder Road.

Joe Dante is a director known for his satirical blend of horror and comedy viewed through the lens of grounded, relatable American life. his career in film began as a movie critic at age 12. A few years later, he conspired with Jon Davison to produce The Movie Orgy, an experimental exploration of ‘50s pop culture that metamorphosed into a hit phenomenon bringing Dante to college campus showings nationwide.

Soon after, he followed Jon to Hollywood where he edited trailers for producer Roger Corman before co-directing his first feature, Hollywood Boulevard. His first solo film, Piranha, successfully kickstarted his legendary career with titles like The Howling, Gremlins, The ‘Burbs, Innerspace, and more.

Joe’s dedication to preserving the history of cinema and his near encyclopedic knowledge of movies led to the creation of Trailers From Hell, a web series offering viewers a brief history lesson of movies discussed through their respective trailers.