Wednesday, July 24, 7PM
HARKINS THEATRES FLAGSTAFF 16
SPOTLIGHT ON DIRECTOR SYDNEY FREELAND
Drama, US, 2014, 1hr 35min
Producer: Chad Burris (Chickasaw Nation) and Mateo Frazier
Director: Sydney Freeland (Navajo)
Screenwriter: Sydney Freeland
Cinematographer: Peter Holland
Editor: Harry Yoon
Starring: Jeremiah Bitsui (Navajo/Omaha), Carmen Moore (Navajo), MorningStar Angeline (Navajo/Blackfoot/Mexican)
SPECIAL GUEST: ACTRESS/FILMMAKER MORINGSTAR ANGELINE
LORENZO MAX, NAVAJO ELDER, will give an Opening Prayer prior to the screening.
Sundance Film Festival • Nominated, Audience Award, Best of Next!
Outfest Los Angeles • Winner, Grand Jury Award, Outstanding American Narrative Feature; Winner, Audience Award for Outstanding First Narrative Feature
American Indian Film Festival • Winner, Best Film; Winner, Best Supporting Actress (MorningStar Angeline); Winner, Best Supporting Actor (Richard Ray Whitman)
In her impressive first feature, writer-director Sydney Freeland (Navajo) presents a suite of stories about contemporary life among Navajo youth. The film follows three residents of the small, reservation-adjacent town of Dry Lake. Nizhoni, a college-bound woman raised by a white family, longs to connect with her birth parents. Sickboy plans to join the military but struggles to disengage from pervasive bad influences. Felixia, a transgender woman living with her traditional grandparents, dreams of being a model. Freeland brings a firsthand authenticity from her own reservation upbringing to this astute drama that cuts through stereotypes of Native life.
Red Screen Film Festival tickets are free. Please note that when you reserve a ticket, it does not guarantee a seat so our advice it to arrive a little early. Seats will be allocated to ticket holders on a first-come, first served basis. It's not necessary to get a ticket but note that non ticket holders will be seated after ticket holders.