Written & directed by Sterlin Harjo, Barking Water is a redemptive road journey that follows the last days of a Choctaw Indian named Frankie, played gracefully by actor Richard Ray Whitman. In this sparingly sentimental and achingly poignant film, Harjo claims his place as one of the most truthful and honest voices working in American cinema today. He describes Barking Water as "an expression of gratitude for the ability to have lived and loved." Barking Water was selected as an Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival 2009, New Directors/New Films at MoMA 2009 and Native American Film + Video Festival at the Smithsonian 2009. Harjo's film Four Sheets to the Wind (2007) won the Special Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.