Bad Press

Grand Jury Prize ~ Documentary
Sundance Film Festival
U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award ~ Emerging Filmmaker
Sundance Film Festival
'Bad Press' tells a tale we’d love never to see played out again—yet watching it is undeniably entertaining.


Bad Press

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Nation was one of only five to establish a free and independent press – until the tribe’s legislative branch abruptly repealed the landmark Free Press Act in advance of an election.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

Directed by Rebecca Landsberry-Baker & Joe Peeler.
Not Rated
Documentary, Indigenous Peoples Experience
Rebecca Landsberry-Baker, Joe Peeler
Conrad Beilharz, Garrett Baker, Tyler Graim
Nominee, Grand Jury Prize ~ Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
Winner, U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award ~ Emerging Filmmaker, Sundance Film Festival
Jacob Oller, Paste Magazine

“'Bad Press' is wonderful, tightknit political and journalistic non-fiction...It does what small-scale documentaries do best, and have been doing exceptionally since 'Harlan County, USA': Finding the global in the specific, and finding the personal in the ideological...The filmmaking, confident and ...

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