Navajo director Sydney Freeland (Drunktown’s Finest) is helming the Native American basketball drama Rez Ball.
The film follows the Chuska Warriors, a Native American high school basketball team from Chuska, New Mexico, that must band together after losing their star player if they want to keep their quest for a state championship alive. It’s an all-American underdog story about Navajo kids and coaches told from the inside-out.
Freeland (TV’s Rutherford Falls, Fear the Walking Dead, Grey’s Anatomy) co-wrote the script with Oklahoma filmmaker Sterlin Harjo, who is Seminole and Muscogee.
Freeland recently directed episodes of FX on Hulu’s acclaimed Native American coming-of-age comedy series “Reservation Dogs,” which Harjo created with Oscar-winning New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi, who is of Maori ancestry.
The Rez Ball script is based on Michael Powell’s sports novel Canyon Dreams and his New York Times articles, which delve into the world of “reservation basketball.”
Fresh off his starring role in the cinematic sequel Space Jam: A New Legacy, LeBron James is producing the project for Netflix. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.