From executive producers Terrence Malick, Natalie Portman and Chris Eyre comes The Seventh Fire, a fascinating new documentary. When Rob Brown, a Native American gang leader on a remote Minnesota reservation, is sentenced to prison for a fifth time, he must confront his role in bringing violent drug culture into his beloved Ojibwe community. 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.
The Seventh Fire executive producer Chris Eyre, director Jack Riccobono, and main subject Rob Brown will participate in a special Q&A after the 7:30pm screening at the Royal on Friday, July 29.
Chris Eyre – Executive Producer of The Seventh Fire. Chris Eyre, an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, is a film director and producer who as of 2012 is chairman of the film department at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.
Rob Brown – Film subject of The Seventh Fire. Rob is a former Native American gang leader on a remote Minnesota reservation – and, in the film, is sentenced to prison for a fifth time, he must confront his role in bringing violent drug culture into his beloved Ojibwe community.
Naomi Ackerman – Naomi is founder and director of the Advot Project, a registered 501(c) 3 that uses theater to facilitate social change. Her educational curriculum, “Relationships 101,” is currently being implemented in public and private high schools as well as in juvenile detention camps in Southern California.
Fabian Debora – Homeboy’s Director of Substance Abuse—would be a perfect fit for this. Fabian is also an incredibly talented and accomplished artist. His work has been featured across Los Angeles and he also conducts classes for Homeboy trainees regularly at his Downtown studio. Fabian himself was previously gang involved before transforming his life through the Homeboy program.
Joanelle Romero – Joanelle is an award winner director, producer, and writer of American Holocaust: When It’s All Over I’ll Still Be Indian, that made the Academy’s Documentary Branch preliminary shortlist. This is the first and only film to date that addresses the American Indian and Jewish Holocausts. Romero is the only native filmmaker to be so close to an Oscar nod.