Native American movie director Sydney Freeland filmed “Dry Lake” (aka Drunktown's Finest) in the state of New Mexico from July through August 2013. The Indie film was shot in the cities of Santa Fe, Espanola & Gallup. “Backstage” magazine carried the open casting call for Native American background extras 18 to 25 years in age. The production employed 20 local crew members from the state & it stars, Jeremiah Bitsui (Luther 'SickBoy' Maryboy), Kiowa Gordon (Julius), Lora Martinez-Cunningham (Nun), Shauna Baker (Karah) & Mark Sivertsen (Phillip Smiles).
“Dry Lake” (Drunktown's Finest) is the story about three Native Americans. One is a college-bound student, another is a father-to-be & the last is a transsexual. They are all struggling to escape the Indian reservation.
The film's director Sydney Freeland says that the movie is now completed & needs more funding to get the movie through post production (editing). She has moved “Dry Lake” over to the official website called, “Kickstarter” in hopes that the public can help back the rest of the film. The funding period runs from Oct. 4 through to Nov. 4, 2013. The financial goal is $30,000 & as of Oct 7. some have already donated raising $3,431.
According to the official website of “Kickstarter” Freeland says, “When I was growing up I saw a news piece on ABC's 20/20 describing my hometown as "Drunktown, USA." This film is my effort to defy that judgement of my community. With your support my film will show the world that (that) label was wrong and that my community has complexity, dimension and hope. Your support will help me send this message.”
“For the last seven years, making 'Drunktown's Finest' has been a labor of love for everyone involved. The project was fortunate to be selected for the Sundance Institute's 2009 Native Lab, 2010 Screenwriter's Lab and 2010 Director's Lab. The film took an additional two years of writing and fund raising before we found ourselves able to attract investment interest in spring of this year (2013).”
“We were also able to attract a small, but immensely talented cast and crew. And thankfully we've received tremendous support through local production houses with donations of gear and equipment. This project truly is a product of collective effort and faith.”
You can visit the "Kickstarter” web page of “Dry Lake” (Drunktown's Finest) & get full information on the production, cast member interviews & funding perks.