Jack Pettibone 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
FOOD, 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 DocumentaMadrid, the Museum of Modern Art, the
Museum of the American Indian, and the American University in Rome. In 2008,
Jack launched the production company All Rites Reserved, dedicated to
producing films with global reach that push visual and conceptual boundaries. In
2014, Jack joined the directing roster of The Amoveo Company.
THE SEVENTH FIRE is his first feature documentary.
Academy Award winning actress, filmmaker and philanthropist, Natalie Portman first charmed audiences at the age of thirteen in Luc Besson's 1994 film, THE PROFESSIONAL. Since then she has starred in over twenty-five films, including HEAT, BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU, ANYWHERE BUT HERE (Golden Globe nomination), WHERE THE HEART IS, COLD MOUNTAIN, GARDEN STATE, CLOSER (Academy Award nomination and Golden Globe Award), V FOR VENDETTA, THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL, BROTHERS, NO STRINGS ATTACHED, THOR, and George Lucas’ STAR WARS prequel trilogy. In 2011, she received her second Academy Award® nomination and first Best Actress win for her performance in Darren Aronofsky's critically acclaimed film, BLACK SWAN. She will next appear in Terrence Malick’s two upcoming films, as well as Gavin O'Connor's JANE GOT A GUN. She wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the upcoming A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS, based on the memoir by Amos Oz.
Shane Omar Slattery-Quintanilla
(Writer, Producer, DP)
is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Film at Vassar College. He wrote, co-produced, and edited THE BALLAD OF ESEQUIEL HERNÁNDEZ 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.” The film won the FICCO Human Rights Prize and Best Documentary at the Santa Fe Film Festival. Mr. Slattery-Quintanilla received his B.A. from Harvard College and his M.F.A. from the University of Michigan. Before joining Vassar College as a tenure-track faculty member, he was an Assistant Professor at Columbia College, SC, where he taught video and writing courses. His poems have been published in The New England Review and his lyric "Searchlight Soul" was adapted by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom for use in an original vocal score. It was published in 2012 by Edward B. Marks Music Company.
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.
currently works at Netflix Originals. Previously, she worked at Pivot, Participant Media’s television arm where she oversaw the development of Alternative & Unscripted Programming. Recent highlights include CESAR’S LAST FAST, MARMATO, and CROSSING OVER: STORIES OF IDENTITY AND IMMIGRATION. Prior to joining Participant, Jihan worked in programming at HBO Documentary Films involved in the acquisition, development and post-production of over 50 films and 3 series. She received her B.A. in Art History and Social Science in the Arts from SUNY Purchase College and an M.A. in Arts Administration from Columbia University.
Andrew Ford is a film and television editor from the UK. He moved to Montana in 2001 to edit the Emmy-nominated TV series “Frontier House” for PBS.
He has since edited titles including: A WALK TO BEAUTIFUL, winner of the International Documentary Association (IDA) for best documentary feature; KILLING KASZTNER, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival; UNTIL THE LIGHT TAKES US, which enjoyed a twenty-two week theatrical run in North America and was a NY Times and LA Weekly critic's pick. His films have played at the Louvre in Paris, the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, the Rubin Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Andrew lives in Brooklyn, New York.
studied filmmaking in the Visual and Environmental Studies Department's film production program at Harvard, where she learned to cut film on a Steenbeck flatbed and developed a taste for nonfiction film editing. Her film credits include commercial spots, shorts, music videos, experimental films and features, which have screened in theaters and on television screens worldwide. She currently works out of San Francisco, California.
Joey Carey and Stefan Nowicki
Producer and Executive Producer
founded Sundial Pictures in 2008 to create sophisticated, character-driven feature films and documentaries. Previous films include OBVIOUS CHILD, JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI, PARIAH, 28 HOTEL ROOMS, and LITTLE BIRDS. In 2015, Sundial Pictures premiered WELCOME TO LEITH at Sundance and THE SEVENTH FIRE at Berlin.
Michael J. Palmer
is based in Brooklyn, New York. After cutting his teeth as first assistant editor on Martin Scorsese’s Emmy®-winning GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD, Michael was one of three editors on HISTORY OF THE EAGLES, a two-part chronicle of the legendary rock band directed by Alison Ellwood and produced by Oscar® winner Alex Gibney. He returned to work with Scorsese and his longtime documentary collaborator David Tedeschi -- this time as editor -- on THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT, a profile of The New York Review of Books and its pantheon of superstar contributors. In addition to celebrating the World Premiere of THE SEVENTH FIRE at the 2015 Berlinale, Michael also just finished editing the Gibney-directed feature doc STEVE JOBS: MAN IN THE MACHINE, which premiered at 2015 SXSW and will be released by Magnolia Pictures and CNN.
is an award-winning composer, pianist, and producer. His music was most recently featured in Natalie Portman’s directorial debut feature film, A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Other highlights include his work on director Steve McQueen’s Oscar-winning film 12 YEARS A SLAVE, for which he composed and arranged the on-camera music including the featured violin performances, spiritual songs, work songs, and dances. His work on 12 YEARS A SLAVE was widely acclaimed, including being recognized by Variety, which named the 12 YEARS A SLAVE soundtrack among its “Top 10” of 2013. Britell’s work and projects have been featured in publications including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, New York Magazine, and Vogue, which called him among “the most talented young artists at work.” He is currently scoring THE BIG SHORT directed by Adam McKay.