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Sydney Freeland          

Award-Winning LGBTQ Navajo Filmmaker & Emmy-Nominated Director

Sydney Freeland is an award-winning LGBTQ Navajo filmmaker. She is currently attached to direct Rez Ball, a feature she co-wrote with Sterlin Harjo, that will be produced by Netflix, Springhill, and Wise Entertainment. She also sold her pilot SOVEREIGN, that she co-wrote with Shaz Bennett to NBC with WBTV and Ava Duvernay producing. She is also attached to direct The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, based on the book by Sherman Alexie, which is set up at 3000 Pictures with Lauren Schuler Donner, Hugh Jackman, and Temple Hill producing.

Previously, Freeland directed the Netflix Original Feature, Deidra & Laney Rob a Train, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival; as well as Drunktown’s Finest which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and was executive produced by Robert Redford. Her television directing credits include Reservation Dogs for FX; Star Trek: Strange New Worlds for Paramount+; Rutherford Falls for Peacock; The Walking Dead: World Beyond for AMC; Fear the Walking Dead for AMC; Chambers for Netflix; Nancy Drew for the CW; Emergence for ABC; Tales of the City for Netflix; Impulse for YouTube Red; Heathers for the Paramount Network; P-Valley for Starz; three episodes of Grey’s Anatomy for ABC; an episode of Station 19 for ABC; and she directed every episode of the 2016 Emmy nominated web-series, Her Story.

Freeland is currently a member of the inaugural 2019 ReFrame Rise WIF class; and was a part of the 2015 Fox Global Directors Initiative and a 2007 Disney Scholar.

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