Directors REBECCA LANDSBERRY-BAKER, JOE PEELER (US 2023) 98 min
When the Muscogee (Creek) Nation repeals the Free Press Act of 2015, fearless and irrepressible Mvskoke Media journalist Angel Ellis dives headfirst into a political battle to keep her fellow citizens informed and her government accountable. Even when harassed, intimidated, censored, and fired from her job, Ellis continues speaking truth to power, risking her reputation and livelihood on behalf of truth and transparency about issues that matter. Earning the 2023 Sundance US Documentary Special Jury Award for Freedom of Expression, Bad Press directors Rebecca Landsberry-Baker (Muscogee Creek) and Joe Peeler deftly unspool a multi-faceted story full of suspense, intrigue, and humor — a story whose relevance reverberates well beyond the Indigenous communities depicted, as the free and open flow of information to the public is in peril across the United States.
IN PERSON: Co-Director JOE PEELER & Film Subject/Journalist ANGEL ELLIS | Conversation moderated by BRYAN POLLARD, Associated Press
THURSDAY, MAY 11 • 4:00
JOE PEELER is a documentary editor and director whose work has appeared on Netflix, HBO, and FX.
REBECCA LANDSBERRY-BAKER is a Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program grantee, Ford Foundation JustFilms grantee, and 2022 NBC Original Voices fellow. She is an enrolled citizen of the Muscogee Nation and the executive director of the Native American Journalists Association.
|RUNNING TIME:||98 min|
|DIRECTORS:||Rebecca Landsberry-Baker, Joe Peeler|
|PRODUCERS:||Conrad Beilharz, Garrett Baker, Tyler Graim|
|NOTE WRITER:||Joanne Feinberg|