The Seventh Fire

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, NYC

Doors 6:30. No admittance after 7:30.

Jack Riccobono | 76 min, USA, 2015

When gang leader Rob Brown is sentenced to prison for a fifth time, he must confront his role in bringing violent drug culture into his beloved American Indian community in northern Minnesota. As Rob reckons with his past, his seventeen-year-old protégé, Kevin, dreams of the future: becoming the most powerful and feared Native gangster on the reservation.

From executive producers Terrence Malick, Natalie Portman, and Chris Eyre comes this haunting and unflinching debut feature documentary directed by Jack Riccobono.

Post-Screening Q&A

Jack Riccobono (Director, Producer, Writer, DP)​ has produced and directed a wide range of work across the five boroughs of his native New York City and around the world, from Moscow to Shanghai to Freetown. His narrative short Killer premiered at New Directors / New Films and won Best Short at the Nantucket Film Festival. His short documentary The Sacred Foor, shot on the same reservation as The Seventh Fire, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival. Jack received a Discovery Award from the Hollywood Film Festival for his directing work. A graduate of Harvard’s VES Film Production Program and Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School, his films have been screened at festivals around the world and at venues including the Institute of Contemporary Art (London), DocumentaMadrid, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of the American Indian, the American University in Rome, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2008, Jack launched the production company All Rites Reserved, dedicated to producing films with global reach that push visual and conceptual boundaries. The Seventh Fire is his first feature documentary.

Chris Eyre (Executive Producer)​ is an award-winning director and producer of film and television, including the critically-acclaimed Friday Night Lights (2009, 2011) and We Shall Remain (2009), a five-part PBS mini-series on the history of Native Americans, which went on to become the highest-rated Native American series-ever on television and won numerous awards. Chris Eyre began his directing career with the independent film Smoke Signals (1998, Miramax Films). With the success of Smoke Signals, Eyre became the first Native American filmmaker to make a movie with a national theatrical release.

Shane Omar Slattery-Quintanilla (Writer, Producer, DP) ​is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Film at Vassar College. He wrote, shot, co-produced, and edited The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez, a feature documentary about the killing of an 18-year-old American high-school student by U.S. Marines. The film, narrated by Tommy Lee Jones, was broadcast nationwide by PBS in 2008 and nominated for a 2009 Emmy Award in the category of "Outstanding Investigative Journalism.” Mr. Slattery-Quintanilla received his B.A. from Harvard College and his M.F.A. from the University of Michigan.

Molly McGlennen (Moderator) was the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Native American Studies at Vassar College from 2006-2008, earned her PhD in Native American Studies from University of California, Davis in 2005, her MFA in Creative Writing and English from Mills in 1998, and her B.A., English and Philosophy from University of San Diego in 1994. Her research and teaching interests include Native American literature, contemporary poetry, Native American feminisms and urban experiences, Native American visual culture, and poetry writing.


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