FROM Chris Eyre
Director Jack Riccobono and producer Chris Eyre on 'The Seventh Fire' The documentary The Seventh Fire provides an unflinching look at rampant poverty and drug use in Pine Point, Minnesota, a hardscrabble village within the White Earth Indian Reservation. The film focuses largely on charismatic gang leader Rob Brown, who has spent more than half his life in prison and is headed for incarceration once again as the film is underway. As Brown ponders how to get his life on track for the sake of his children, Pine Point teenager Kevin Fineday finds himself at a crossroads, considering his future. Director Jack Riccobono and Chris Eyre, one of the producers on The Seventh Fire, and director of the 1998 movie Smoke Signals, recounts how their subject Rob Brown helped them gain access and trust within the Pine Point community, and about their struggles to fund and distribute the film. Their quest for backers and collaborators led the filmmakers to a unique assortment of people -- from Sumner Redstone's former girlfriend, Sydney Holland, to Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman and legendary director Terrence Malick. The Seventh Fire premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, had a theatrical release over the summer, and is now streaming on iTunes and Amazon . It also received a special screening at the White House. Upcoming screenings, many of them with Riccobono and Eyre in attendance, can be found on the film's website
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”