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Bad Press

Directed by:

Rebecca Landsberry-Baker & Joe Peeler


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Nation was one of only five to establish a free and independent press – until the tribe’s legislative branch abruptly repealed the landmark Free Press Act in advance of an election.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.



Rebecca Landsberry-Baker

Joe Peeler


Garrett F. Baker, Producer

Conrad Beilharz, Producer

Tyler Graim, Producer

Jean Rheem, Associate Producer

Brenda Robinson, Executive Producer

Gloria Shade, Associate Producer


Denisse Ojeda 


Tyler Graim


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

Bad Press Official Trailer

Bad Press

Directed by:

Rebecca Landsberry-Baker & Joe Peeler


98 minutes

FHFF On-Demand Streaming Partner

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