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Oliver W. Tuthill Jr. – Producer, Writer, Director
Oliver W. Tuthill Jr. has been directing films since he was a child, and by the time he was 14 years old had made over one hundred westerns, dramas and horror movies. He moved to Hollywood in the 1970s and worked as a Day Player for many of the major studios such as Universal, MGM and Columbia. He is a graduate of the Hollywood Film Institute and formed his first production company in 1995 where he made educational films for 10 years, many which are distributed throughout the world. In 2002 he won the Governor’s Award in Media from then Governor Gary Locke, and in 2003 he won the Horace Mann Award for contributions to education concerning emotional child abuse.
In 2004 he formed Blue Wood Films LLC and has produced both documentaries and feature length films. One of his films is distributed by Entertainment 7 internationally and Passion River Films in the United States. He wrote, produced and directed Willatuk: The Legend of Seattle’s Sea Serpent narrated by Academy Award nominated actor Graham Greene (Dances With Wolves), Wounded Heart: Pine Ridge and the Sioux narrated by Lakota actor Russell Means (Last of the Mohicans), The Right to Bear Arms starring John Savage (The Deer Hunter) and Questions for Crazy Horse featuring Jay Red Hawk (Skins) and Russell Means (Natural Born Killers). In 2013 he released his newest documentary, the critically acclaimed The Girl Who Loved Animals: Kitty Jones and the Fight for Animal Rights.
Tuthill is an experienced film producer, director, editor, composer, director of photography, sound designer and writer. He taught at the Seattle Film Institute for five years, the largest film school in the Northwest.
Tuthill, a Grammy Award contender in 2011, also composes the soundtracks for most of his films. He is an award winning songwriter and composer and is the founder and President of Blue Pony Trail Music. His featured artist is Grammy Award contender and Native American Music Award winner Shadowyze. Their newest release is Say No to the R Word which features spoken words by Russell Means.
In 2011 Tuthill was nominated for best musical soundtrack by the Native American Music Awards for his documentary on the life of Lakota warrior Crazy Horse titled Questions for Crazy Horse: Hypothetical Questions for the Strange Warrior of the Lakota Oglala. Tuthill’s song performed by Shadowyze titled, What Would Crazy Horse Say, was nominated in 2011 by the Native American Music Awards for best historical song.
Tuthill is now in development on a full length feature documentary on the life and career of Lakota Chief Red Cloud, a full length feature film on the life and career of Lakota Chief Sitting Bull, and a documentary about the Lakota and the longest running court battle in history regarding the Lakota’s fight to have the Black Hills returned to them as promised by a treaty with the United States Government. Tuthill is also in development on a documentary on why children need their own bill of rights in the United States, and a narrative feature film on the life of Emperor Constantine The Great of Rome who ruled from A.D. 306-337.
2002 Washington State Governor's Award in Media. Three time Silvery Telly Award winner.