Three young Native Americans - an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual - strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation.

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Sydney Freeland

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Sydney Freeland (screenwriter)
9 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Jeremiah Bitsui ... Luther SickBoy Maryboy
Carmen Moore Carmen Moore ... Felixia
MorningStar Angeline ... Nizhoni Smiles (as Morning Star Wilson)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tailinh Agoyo Tailinh Agoyo ... Mrs. Young
Loren Anthony ... Drunk #2
Shauna Baker ... Karah
Pierre Barrera ... Mr. Omaha
Amber Dawn Bear Robe Amber Dawn Bear Robe ... Roweena
Magdalena Begay Magdalena Begay ... Max Maryboy
Ryan Begay ... Officer Nakai
Shaundene Begay Shaundene Begay ... Roxy
Luis Bordonada ... Kenneth
Peshawn Bread ... Krystal
Brigaier Brown Brigaier Brown ... Model #2
James Burnett James Burnett ... Travis
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Three young Native Americans - an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual - strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation.

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Without balance, we cannot endure.

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At the American Indian Film Festival awards, the movie captured half of the top prizes, missing out on the director and leading acting categories for Sydney Freeland, Jeremiah BItsui and Carmen Moore. See more »

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Harmon, John: I know you, you're struggling with acceptance. This world can be cold and hard on our people. But you must always remember, wherever you go, whatever you choose to do, you'll always have a home here, this place, for you.
[to Felixia]
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The small town struggle told from a unique perspective
15 April 2014 | by Houston_CurtisSee all my reviews

Sydney Freeland has written and directed an incredible film in Drunktown's Finest. Set in a small native American town, Freeland carefully and cinematically weaves viewers in and out of the lives of three young people who are all struggling with the confinement of small town life in a Native American territory.

While the backdrop of the film might be decidedly niche given its Native American setting, the message to Drunktown's Finest is ultimately broad and very relatable to anyone who has ever undergone the struggle of trying to break free from the roots of a small town in order to find a better life for their family or find out who they really are. On the flip side, the film also relates to that person who is searching for his or her roots and wanting to know where they came from.

The writing and directing show us that Sydney Freeland is a true emerging talent. Her cinematic eye combined with her delicate and moving story telling ability draws you into the film from the first frame and never lets you go!

The character development is spot on and the acting is superb from the three lead characters right down to those who deliver just a single line. All in all, Drunktown's Finest is a film that grabs your heart, takes you on a fascinating ride and ultimately leaves you simply feeling good about being alive. How often can we say that after leaving the theater these days? If you like a good movie that stays with you long after the film is over....then you will LOVE Drunktown's Finest.


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20 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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