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September 12 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The USC School of Cinematic Arts, USC Visions & Voices, and LA SKINS FEST Present

A Special Theatrical Screening of


Directed by Rebecca Landsberry-Baker and Joe Peeler
Produced by Conrad Beilharz, Garrett F. Baker, and Tyler Graim

Followed by a Q&A with the Filmmakers

7:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 12th, 2024

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
George Lucas Building at the USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



USC’s University Park Campus has limited entry points. If arriving by car, via public transit or on foot, entry is available at: McCarthy Way and Figueroa Street (24/7); McClintock Street and Jefferson Boulevard (24/7); and Watt Way and Exposition Boulevard (6 a.m. – 7 p.m. weekdays). Additionally, pedestrians and vehicles with reserved parking on Childs Way can enter at Exposition Boulevard and Pardee Way (6 a.m. – 7 p.m. weekdays).

About Bad Press

“An Eye-Opening Exposé on Democracy and Journalistic Freedom.” — The Hollywood Reporter

When the Muscogee Nation government abruptly repeals its landmark Free Press Act to muzzle the tribe’s hard-hitting news outlet, defiant and foul-mouthed journalist Angel Ellis charges headfirst into a historic (and surprisingly funny) battle to restore her tribe’s press freedoms. Directed by Rebecca Landsberry-Baker and Joe Peeler, Bad Press is a timely documentary about a lone journalist fighting a corrupt system for her fellow citizens, and an enthralling, edge-of-your-seat nail biter that unfurls with the energy and suspense of a political thriller.

2023 Sundance Film Festival: World Premiere, U.S. Documentary Competition
U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award: Freedom of Expression

In English and Mvskoke, with English subtitles. Running time: 98 minutes.

About the Filmmakers

Rebecca Landsberry-Baker | DIRECTOR

Rebecca Landsberry-Baker is an enrolled citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and the executive director of the Native American Journalists Association. She is a recipient of the 2018 NCAIED “Native American 40 Under 40” award and was selected to the Harvard Shorenstein News Leaders Fall 2022 cohort. Landsberry-Baker made her directorial debut with the documentary feature film, Bad Press, which was supported by the Sundance Institute, Ford Foundation JustFilms, NBC, and the Gotham. Bad Press premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival and received the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Freedom of Expression. The film was also recognized with the One in a Million Award from the 2023 Sun Valley Film Festival.

Joe Peeler | DIRECTOR

Joe Peeler is a Sundance award-winning director and editor whose work has appeared on NETFLIX, HBO, FX, ESPN, Hulu and CBS. Joe began his career apprenticing under legendary director Peter Bogdanovich, and from there edited Lucy Walker’s Academy Awards Shortlist documentary short The Lion’s Mouth Opens; multiple episodes of the Netflix original series Flint Town; and Margaret Brown’s SXSW premiere documentary short The Black Belt. Most recently, Joe co-directed Bad Press, which premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival and won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Freedom of Expression.


The Festival is an initiative of the Native American non-profit the Barcid Foundation and aims to showcase the rising talent in Native American filmmaking. This year the LA SKINS FEST is expanding the screening series to accommodate the growing talent in Indian Country.

The prestigious LA SKINS FEST ranks among the country’s best film festivals and is an annual gathering for film industry insiders, cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers, and critics. The LA Skins Fest is considered a major launching ground for Indian Country’s most talked about films. Founded in 2007, the Los Angeles Skins Fest, presented in the historic TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, is a 6-day multicultural event celebrating the art of film, TV and new media. The Los Angeles Skins Fest’s long-standing commitment is to join filmmakers and film connoisseurs together to experience great cinema. The exciting schedule consists of dozens of filmmakers presenting their newest works, special artist development programs, tributes to community leaders, special events, and remarkable films. Festival headquarters are in Los Angeles, CA.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. A reservation confirmation will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.

Accessibility Needs

Individuals with disabilities who need accommodations to attend this event may contact Alessandro Ago, Director of Programming and Special Projects, at [email protected] or 213-740-2330. It is requested that individuals requiring accommodations or auxiliary aids such as sign language interpreters and alternative format materials notify us at least seven days prior to the event. Every reasonable effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations in an effective and timely manner.


On-campus parking at the University of Southern California is limited, and it is best to visit the USC Transportation Website for the most up-to-date information if you plan to drive and park on campus:


This program is generously sponsored by
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September 12
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


USC Ray Stark Family Theatre (SCA)
900 W 34th St #108
Los Angeles, 90089 United States
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