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.From Executive Producers Terrence Malick, Natalie Portman, and Chris Eyre comes this haunting and visually arresting nonfiction film about the Native American gang crisis.



June 1

Duluth Superior Film Festival
Opening Night Screening
Jun. 1, 8:00pm at the Clyde Iron Works

Duluth, MN


May 27

Community Screening
May 27th at Ross Ragland Theatre

Klamath Falls, OR
May 13 - May 26

Bertha Dochouse Screenings
UK Theatrical Release
Friday May 13, at 8:20pm – Special Q&A w/ Jack Riccobono and Andrew Ford
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London, United Kingdom
May 13 - May 19

Picturehouse Central Screenings
UK Theatrical Release
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London, United Kingdom
April 23

Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival
Closing Night Film
Apr. 23, 7:00pm at St. Anthony Main Theatre 1
Apr. 23, 7:30pm at St. Anthony Main Theatre 2


Minneapolis, MN
April 9

Ashland Independent Film Festival
Oregon Premiere 
Apr. 9, 9:00pm at the Historic Ashland Armory

Ashland, OR
April 7

Native Crossroads Film Festival & Symposium
Featured Screening
Apr. 7, 7:00pm at the Sam Noble Museum

Norman, OK
March 24

Special Event at the White House
Private Screening & Panel
Mar. 24th, 5:30pm in the Indian Treaty Room
Panel moderated by Jamelle Bouie (Slate) with Bill Keller (The Marshall Project), Chris Eyre, Jack Riccobono, Rob Brown, Kevin Fineday

Washington, DC
March 19

Chicago Premiere
Mar. 19, 4:00pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Chicago, IL
February 23 - February 24

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Montana Premiere
Feb. 23, 9:30pm at Wilma Theatre

Encore Screening
Feb. 24, 6:00pm at The Crystal Theatre

Missoula, MT
February 23 - February 28

Big Muddy Film Festival
Illinois Premiere 
Feb. 26, 6:00pm at Guyon Auditorium


Carbondale, IL
January 3 - January 5

Palm Springs International Film Festival
West Coast Premiere
Jan. 3, 8:00pm at Palm Canyon Theater
Q&A w/ Director Jack Riccobono and subject Robert Brown

Encore Screening
Jan. 5, 12:30pm at Palm Springs Regal 9
Q&A w/ Director Jack Riccobono and subject Robert Brown

Palm Springs, CA
Dec 13, 2015 - Dec 19, 2015
Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic Of)
Nov 14, 2015 - Nov 16, 2015

Hawaii International Film Festival
Hawaii Premiere – Competition Selection
Nov. 14, 6:00 PM at Dole Cannery H
Q&A w/ Director Jack Riccobono

Encore Screening – Competition Section
Nov. 16, 5:30pm at Dole Cannery E
Q&A w/ Director Jack Riccobono

Honolulu, HI United States
Nov 13, 2015 - Nov 17, 2015

Stockholm International Film Festival
Scandinavian Premiere – Competition Section
Nov. 13, 11:30am at Klarabiografen

Encore Screening – Competition Section
Nov. 14, 7:30pm at Zita 2

Encore Screening – Competition Section
Nov. 17, 11:30am at Victoria 2

Stockholm, Sweden
Oct 31, 2015

Mar Del Plata International Film Festival
Encore Screening – Competition Section
Oct. 31, 2:20pm at Ambassador: Sala 4 – More Info

Mar del Plata, Argentina
Oct 30, 2015

Mar Del Plata International Film Festival
South American Premiere – Competition Section
Oct. 30, 5:00pm at Ambassador: Sala 4 – More Info

Mar del Plata, Argentina
Oct 18, 2015 6:30 pm

New Orleans Film Festival
Louisiana Premiere – Competition Section
Oct. 18, 6:30pm at Canal Place 1

Q&A w/ Director Jack Riccobono and subject Rob Brown

New Orleans, LA
Oct 17, 2015 2:45 pm

Buffalo International Film Festival
New York State Premiere – Competition Section
Oct. 17, 2:45PM at North Park Theater

Buffalo, NY
Oct 17, 2015 10:15 am

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Southern Premiere – Competition Section
Oct. 17, 10:15am at The Arlington: Cinema 2

Q&A w/ Director Jack Riccobono and subject Rob Brown

Hot Springs, AR
Oct 16, 2015 7:00 pm

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
North American Premiere – Competition Section
Oct. 16, 7:00pm at Lensic Performing Arts Center

Q&A w/ Exec. Producer Chris Eyre, Director Jack Riccobono, Producer Shane Slattery-Quintanilla, and subject Rob Brown

Santa Fe, NM
Jul 07, 2015 5:00 pm

East End Film Festival
UK Premiere – Competition Section
July 7, 5:00pm at Barbican Centre


London, United Kingdom
May 02, 2015 7:00 pm

Spanish Premiere
May 2, 7:00pm at Cineteca

Q&A w/ Director Jack Riccobono

Madrid, Spain
Feb 15, 2015

Berlin International Film Festival
Encore Screening 2
Feb. 15, 6pm at Cubix

Berlin , Germany
Feb 08, 2015 8:00 am

European Film Market
Market Premiere 
Feb. 8, 11:00am at Cinemaxx

Berlin, Germany
Feb 08, 2015

Berlin International Film Festival
Encore Screening 1
Feb. 8, 6:00pm at Cubix

Berlin, Germany
Feb 07, 2015

Berlin International Film Festival
World Premiere
Feb. 7, 3:00pm at Cubix

Special Q&A + reception w/ Exec. Producer Natalie Portman, Exec. Producer Chris Eyre, and Director Jack Riccobono

Berlin, Germany


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The film has been featured at screening events, public discussions, and private presentations across the country, including at the University of Oklahoma and the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, as well as special outreach events at La Plazita Institute and Torres Martinez Indian Reservation. On March 24, 2016, The Seventh Fire was shown at the White House and our team participated in a special panel discussion on criminal justice reform with federal officials, journalists, and academics including Bill Keller, Edtior-in-chief of the Marshall Project, Jamelle Bouie, chief political correspondent for Slate, and Karen Diver, Special Assistant to the President for Native American Affairs. Help us continue to influence policymakers and bring The Seventh Fire to communities in need across the country by donating to our outreach campaign.
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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.
Natalie Portman
Executive Producer
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.
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.
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Jihan Robinson
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
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.
Adelaide Papazoglou
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.
Nicholas Britell
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.

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