Reed Harkness attended film school in his backyard and garage, and at age 18, began making a series of short films starring his younger brother Sam. This was the beginning of a project two decades in the making. Sam Now (Mountainfilm 2022) is a coming-of-age film that follows his brother from age 11 to 34. The film was selected and funded by ITVS Open Call. Harkness also directed the award-winning, 30-minute documentary Forest on Fire and the documentary series "House on Fire". He was the director and cinematographer for Google’s Webby award-winning Made w/ Code and has made commercials for Travel Oregon, Coke, 4-H and Nike.