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Bad Press

Directed by:

Rebecca Landsberry-Baker & Joe Peeler

2023

98 minutes

When the Muscogee Nation suddenly begins censoring its free press, a rogue reporter fights to expose her government's corruption in a historic battle that will have ramifications for all of Indian country.

SCREENING

Friday, October 27, 2023 at 7:00 PM

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Bad Press Official Trailer

ABOUT THE FILM

Imagine you lived in a world where your only reliable news source became government propaganda overnight. That’s exactly what happened to the citizens of the Muscogee Nation, the fourth largest Native American tribe, in 2018. Out of 574 federally-recognized tribes, the Muscogee Nation was one of only five to establish a free and independent press – until the tribe’s legislative branch abruptly repealed the landmark Free Press Act in advance of an election. The tribe’s hard-hitting news outlet, Mvskoke Media, would now be subject to direct editorial oversight by the tribal government.

 

One defiant journalist refuses to accept this flagrant act of oppression. As brave as she is blunt, veracious muckraker Angel Ellis charges headfirst into battle against the corrupt faction of the Muscogee National Council. Angel and her allies rally for press freedoms by inciting a voter-supported constitutional amendment, just in time for the start of a new election cycle.

 

An enthralling, edge-of-your-seat nail biter that unfurls with the energy and suspense of a political thriller, Bad Press is a timely and unprecedented story about the battle for freedom of the press and against state-censored media.

 

The. documentary premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival and received the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Freedom of Expression.


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ABOUT THE DIRECTORS

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Rebecca Landsberry-Baker

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Joe Peeler

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Rebecca Landsberry-Baker, Co-Director

Rebecca Landsberry-Baker is an enrolled citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and the executive director of the Native American Journalists Association. She is a recipient of the 2018 NCAIED “Native American 40 Under 40” award and was selected to the Harvard Shorenstein News Leaders Fall 2022 cohort. Landsberry-Baker made her directorial debut with the documentary feature film, Bad Press, which was supported by the Sundance Institute, Ford Foundation JustFilms, NBC, and the Gotham. 

 


Joe Peeler, Co-Director

Joe Peeler is a Sundance award-winning director and editor whose work has appeared on NETFLIX, HBO, FX, ESPN, Hulu and CBS. Joe began his career apprenticing under legendary director Peter Bogdanovich, and from there edited Lucy Walker’s Academy Awards Shortlist documentary short The Lion’s Mouth Opens; multiple episodes of the Netflix original series Flint Town; and Margaret Brown’s SXSW premiere documentary short The Black Belt. Most recently, Joe co-directed Bad Press, which premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival and won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Freedom of Expression.

CREDITS

Directors

Rebecca Landsberry-Baker

Joe Peeler


Producers

Garrett F. Baker, Producer

Conrad Beilharz, Producer

Tyler Graim, Producer

Jean Rheem, Associate Producer

Brenda Robinson, Executive Producer

Gloria Shade, Associate Producer


Composer

Denisse Ojeda 


Cinematographer

Tyler Graim


Editors

Joe Peeler, Co-Editor

Jean Rheem, Editor (edited by)


Re-recording Mixer

Gisela Fulla-Silvestre


Visual Effects

Travis Gorman, VFX Artist


Camera and Electrical Department

Shane Brown, Camera Operator

Charles E. Elmore, Camera Operator

Sarah Ginsburg, Camera Operator

Joe Peeler, Camera Operator

Jean Rheem, Camera Operator

Mia Riddle, Camera Operator


Animation Department

Wojciech Betlej, Art Director

Tracy K. Hindman, Motion Graphics Project Manager

Breece Kelsey, Motion Designer

Michael Neave, Motion Designer

Doug Rouster, Motion Designer

Matt Schultz, Motion Graphics Creative Director

Shawna Schultz, Motion Graphics Executive Producer

Ryan ScobeyMotion Graphics Producer

Carly Snowdon, Motion Designer


Editorial Department

Dan Edwards, Colorist

Sara Newens, Additional Editor

Randy Redroad, Story Editor

Gloria Shade, Assistant Editor

Hayden Spriggs, Assistant Editor

Edward Wardrip, Assistant Editor


Music Department

Nathan Drube, Score Mixed By

Peter Golub, Music Consultant


Additional Crew

Jacki St. Thomas, Festival Publicist

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