Sydney Freeland to Direct Native American Basketball Film ‘Rez Ball’ for Netflix

Emmy-nominated film and TV writer-director Sydney Freeland has signed on to direct “Rez Ball,” a coming-of-age drama about Native American basketball for Netflix.

Described as “Friday Night Lights” meets “Hoosiers,” “Rez Ball” follows the Chuska Warriors, a Native American high school basketball team from Chuska, New Mexico, that must band together after losing their star player in order 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.

Written by Freeland (a Navajo filmmaker) and Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Muscogee Creek), the drama is produced by Wise Entertainment and The SpringHill Company.

“I am beyond excited to be

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