Filmmaker Kyle Bell Focuses His Latest Project on Steven Paul Judd

Filmmaker Kyle Bell Focuses His Latest Project on Steven Paul Judd
Photo: Benny Oscar
Photo: Benny Oscar
Photo: Benny Oscar

Kyle Bell (Thlopthlocco) is an independent filmmaker based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. You might remember his film Native Evolution which documented the work of street artist Steven Grounds. With that film he won Best Documentary & Best of Class in the 2015 SWAIA Class X Film Competition.

While he was attending the Santa Fe Indian Market, he ran into Steven Paul Judd, who was also screening a film, Ronnie BoDean. The two obviously had similar interests which quickly sparked a friendship. Both live in Oklahoma, so a collaboration was inevitable.

“We just always talked about collaborating. He lives in Norman and I live in Tulsa, which is about 2 hours apart, so I decided to start documenting all the awesome art/photoshop/film work he does at his studio. He's always working on something new and staying creative with his art…I hope to highlight a lot of that. I have been filming him for the past 7 months.”

Photo: Benny Oscar
Photo: Benny Oscar

Wow! I can only imagine the footage he has. Check out the new teaser trailer below an get a quick glimpse of what will be on the big screen.

Dig It If You Can (Teaser Trailer) from Kyle Bell on Vimeo.

The film is still in the editing process, but Bell hopes to have the film finished later this summer. We'll keep you posted on the details!

Photo: Benny Oscar
Photo: Benny Oscar

As far as what else Bell is working on? It seems like he's always behind the camera!

“I'm still in the process of making my first feature documentary film on my uncle, who has since passed away. He was our tribal town king (Thlopthlocco) near Okemah, Oklahoma. It's probably a bit more personal story, but it's something we always talked, making a film together.”

I have no doubt it will be a touching tribute to him.

For more videos, please check Kyle Bell's Vimeo page at Or visit his website at

Last Updated on February 7, 2024 by Paul G

About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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