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Sundance 2023: ‘Bad Press’

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A still from Bad Press by Rebecca Landsberry-Baker and Joe Peeler, an official selection of the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.

In 2015, tribal officials for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation called an emergency session. There, they repealed the Free Press Act, gutting protections for journalism.

Angel Ellis is a reporter for Mvskoke Media in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. She was horrified by the repeal, so she and others got ready to fight. The new documentary "Bad Press" premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It chronicles the history of the media in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and the battle to enshrine freedom of the press into the tribal constitution. And get this: The vast majority of Native American tribes don’t actually have laws to protect press freedom. Join us this Friday at noon for a conversation with Angel Ellis and the directors of "Bad Press."

"Bad Press" will air at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival until Jan. 27. Information on how to attend a screening here.


  • Rebecca Landsberry-Baker and Joe Peeler, co-directors of "Bad Press"
  • Angel Ellis, reporter for Mvskoke Media. 

Airdate: Friday, Jan. 27, 2023 at 12 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m.

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