“Drunktown’s Finest” – A Look at Modern American Indian Youth – Screens in Big Apple

Drunkstown FinestFrom Executive Producer Robert Redford and Director Sydney Freeland comes this indie marvel of a film that has been captivating audiences around the globe. In tribute to its refreshing outlook on modern-day Native American life, the film will be featured at MOMA for the Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program film exhibition.

NEW YORK — Legend Group Studios is excited to announce that Navajo writer/director Sydney Freeland’s feature film “Drunktown’s Finest” will have its Big Apple premiere at the Carte Blanche: Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program film exhibition from Thursday, July 10 through Wednesday, July 16 at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, New York.

“Drunktown’s Finest” is the coming-of-age story of three Navajo teens struggling to find themselves on their beautifully desolate reservation – a college-bound Christian adoptee, a rebellious and angry father-to-be, and a promiscuous yet ambitious transsexual.

This film reflects the very real experience of modern American Indian youths fighting to discover their places within a variety of competing identities, but more importantly reveals the same struggles that many young Americans face while growing up in the modern version of “small-town” U.S.A.

Carmen Moore

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Ms. Freeland’s debut feature film recently screened to uproarious standing ovations at the Kimo Theatre in Albuquerque, the Garneau Theatre in Canada, and the Roxie Theatre in San Francisco. “Drunktown” won the “Best of New Mexico” award at the Albuquerque Film & Media Experience as well as Best Drama at Canada’s Dreamspeakers Festival.

This year, the Sundance Institute celebrates the 20th anniversary of its Native American and Indigenous program. Staying true to Institute founder & President Robert Redford’s vision, the program has formed and maintained support for native/indigenous filmmakers through labs, grants, fellowships, and screenings for Native communities to ignite new generations of storytellers. Jeremiah BitsuiThe MOMA exhibition features 10 programs of dramatic features and documentaries by Native American and Indigenous directors from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Here are the upcoming screenings of Drunktown’s Finest at the exhibition:

-Thursday, July 10, 2014, 7:00 pm, Theater 2, T2 (New York premiere; Followed by a
discussion with Sydney Freeland)
-Friday, July 11, 4:00 pm, Theatre 2, T2
-Saturday, July 12, 2014, 1:30 pm, Theatre 2, T2
-Sunday, July 13, 2014, 2:00 pm, Theatre 2, T2
-Monday, July 14, 2014, 4:00 pm, Theatre 2, T2
-Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 4:00 pm, Theatre 2, T2
-Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 7:00 pm, Theatre 2, T2

Freeland’s talent and dedication to storytelling is exemplified not only by the multiple accolades and the attention of the press to her compelling treatment of native, women’s, and LGBTQ issues, but in the impact her film is making on the communities and people it has touched.

Visit http://www.drunktownsfinest.com to view additional festival screening dates as well as press coverage of the film.

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