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Meet the fellows

In the studio with Blackhorse Lowe

Tulsa Artist Fellow Blackhorse Lowe

Destiny Jade Green

Meet the Fellows takes you inside the studios of the 2019 Tulsa Artist Fellowship recipients for a look at their life and work. Since 2015, Tulsa Artist Fellowship has recruited artists and arts workers to Tulsa, where they “have the freedom to pursue their craft while contributing to a thriving arts community.” For more information, visit their website.

The Tulsa Voice: Can you tell us a little about your background and work?

Blackhorse Lowe: I’m originally from New Mexico; born in the Four Corners area. I’ve been living in Albuquerque for the last eight years and I made the move here just this past January. I focus mostly on filmmaking. I’ve done two features so far, and I’m finishing up my third right now. … I’ve basically been supporting myself as camera operator, cinematographer, editor and producer. Producing short films for friends and fellow filmmakers out in Albuquerque and other parts of the West.

TTV: How are you enjoying the life and work of a Tulsa Artist Fellow?

Lowe: You can’t beat free housing and a stipend to focus on what you want to create. … That plus being surrounded by all these creative minds from all different types of practices. It really kind of broadens my mind and opens my eye up to other types of art—I’m trying to bring some of that into my own work ... collaborating with other fellows and seeing where that takes me.

TTV: For folks who haven’t seen it, can you talk a little about your feature film, Chasing the Light?

Lowe: It’s up on Amazon Prime right now—a tale of a down-on-his-luck screenwriter who gets involved in a drug deal and lots of other nonsense in Albuquerque over the span of a day. My first feature was called Fifth World. It’s a love story about these two college kids hitchhiking through Arizona and New Mexico with a tragic ending.  

TTV: How about your recent documentary short, Hooghan?

Lowe: That’s about my family and me constructing a Hooghan, which is a traditional Navajo home, over the span of a month. It’s kind of a shorter version of, like, Koyaanisqatsi or Baraka. … with my mom and dad telling the tale of how we came to the place where we lived, and all my other family members talking about what home means to us.

TTV: Any future projects on the horizon you can share?

Lowe: I’m finishing a romantic comedy called Fukry. It’s basically about a drugdealer who falls in love with three different women and it all kind of explodes in his face. … I’m in the process of getting this rough cut—now it’s just a matter of fine tuning the smaller bits of getting the picture done: bringing in the color, getting the music done, of course bringing in sound, and then start submitting for film festivals in the fall.