Drunktown's Finest

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Drunktown's Finest
Drunktown's Finest poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed bySydney Freeland
Produced byMateo Frazier
Chad Burris
Screenplay bySydney Freeland
StarringJeremiah Bitsui
Carmen Moore
Morningstar Angeline
Kiowa Gordon
Shauna Baker
Elizabeth Frances
Music byMark Orton
Joel Pickard
CinematographyPeter Holland
Edited byHarry Yoon
Indion Entertainment Group Wildwood Enterprises, Inc
Distributed bySundance Channel
Release date
  • January 18, 2014 (2014-01-18) (Sundance)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States

Drunktown's Finest is an American drama film directed by Sydney Freeland.[1][2] The film had its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2014.[3][4] The film later screened at Sundance London Film Festival on April 25, 2014.[5]

The film was acquired by Sundance Channel after its premiere at Sundance Film Festival and was scheduled to broadcast in 2014.[6]


Three young Navajo Native Americans - an adopted Native girl, a young father-to-be, and a trans woman who dreams of being a model - strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation. Nizhoni seeks out her past, well after being adopted by a white Christian family, Felixia, a trans woman, pursues a spot in the "women of the tribe" calendar, and Sickboy is headed to basic training so he can take care of his soon-to-be-born child.[7]



Drunktown's Finest received positive reviews from critics. Geoff Berkshire of Variety, said in his review that "Freeland takes her time bringing her characters together, allowing the audience an opportunity to marinate in the unique experiences of each individual first. The slow-burn approach is smartly executed, and the intersecting plotlines veer toward schematic only during Sick Boy and Felixia’s chance encounter at a grocery store, which leads to an eventful night out."[8] John DeFore in his review for The Hollywood Reporter praised the film by saying that "Native American themes get a fresh look in three-handed drama."[9] Gary Green of HeyUGuys gave the film three stars by saying that "Drunktown's Finest - A low-budget picture with bigger things on its mind."[10]


  1. ^ "Shifting Views with Drunktown's Finest". Retrieved May 7, 2014.
  2. ^ "Director Sydney Freeland Discusses Drunktown's Finest". Retrieved May 7, 2014.
  3. ^ "Sundance 2014: The Next <=> Lineup". Retrieved January 18, 2014.
  4. ^ "Drunktown's Finest - Director Sydney Freeland". Retrieved May 7, 2014.
  5. ^ "Sundance London Directors: Meet Sydney Freeland (Drunktown's Finest)". Archived from the original on May 14, 2014. Retrieved May 7, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  6. ^ "Sundance: AMC/Sundance Channel Global Swoops on Six Sundance Titles". Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  7. ^ https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/trans-and-navajo-drunktowns-finest-999
  8. ^ "Sundance Film Review: 'Drunktown's Finest'". Retrieved May 7, 2014.
  9. ^ "Drunktown's Finest: Sundance Review". Retrieved May 7, 2014.
  10. ^ "Sundance London 2014: Drunktown's Finest Review". Retrieved May 7, 2014.

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