Kudos to Tulsan Chad Burris, recently awarded the Mark Silverman Fellowship for New Producers by the Sundance Institute.
As AltTulsa has noted in earlier posts, Burris and director Sterlin Harjo screened their film Four Sheets to the Wind last month at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, shot in Oklahoma in 2006, was written and directed by Harjo.
Burris and Harjo previously collaborated on Goodnight Irene, a short film set in an Oklahoma Native American health clinic. Irene screened at Sundance, Berlin, Tribeca, Los Angeles and Aspen Short Film Festivals in 2006. The pair is currently developing Harjo's second feature, Before the Beast Returns, which won Best Screenplay at Tribeca All Access 2006.
Under the Silverman Fellowship, Burris will receive a cash grant of $5,000 for pre-production expenses for his upcoming feature titled The Left Handed Path.
Burris belongs to the Chickasaw Nation and is a graduate of the University of Tulsa Law School, where he received his J.D. with an emphasis in Indian Law.