After the success of our first Native American Heritage Month screening at the Flyover Infoshop last year, The 41st Annual Big Muddy Film Festival is proud to announce a second screening this year to celebrate and honor this special month. We will be showing two selections from previous festivals in a campus-and community-wide celebration of Native American Heritage Month. They are The Seventh Fire (2015) by Jack Pettibone Riccobono and The Smoke that Travels (2016) by Kayla Briët. This event is free and open to the public and will take place at the Guyon Auditorium in Morris Library from 7-9 PM.
The Seventh Fire (2015), a feature film by Jack Pettibone Riccobono, depicts gang leader Rob Brown who is sentenced to prison for the 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. Riccobono also has worked on films such as Boys Don’t Cry (1999) and Killer (2009). This film screened previously at the 38th Annual Big Muddy Film Festival.
The Smoke that Travels (2016) is a short film and personal documentary by 2016 Sundance Film Festival Ignite Fellow Kayla Briët. Briët immerses viewers in her native Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation heritage and explores fears that her culture may someday be forgotten. She explores themes of identity and self-discovery in multiple mediums of storytelling: film, multimedia arts, and music. The film was featured in the 37th Annual Big Muddy Film Festival and won the award for Best Documentary Short.