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INNOVATOR PROFILE

SYDNEY FREELAND

Area of Expertise: Film

"I want to tell a story about the reservation, but I don’t want it to be tragic. I don’t want to have a tragic ending, I don’t want to make poverty porn; A: Because it would be too easy; and B: It’s already been done. It’s literally every documentary by non-Natives on Native Americans."
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Sydney Freeland is a transgender Navajo filmmaker. She wrote and directed the short film Hoverboard and the film Drunktown's Finest, which garnered numerous acclaims after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. Her second film, Deidra and Laney Rob a Train debuted at Sundance and was released on Netflix in 2017. Bio from Wikipedia

https://www.hcn.org/articles/tribal-affairs-characters-on-the-margins-an-interview-with-sydney-freeland