7th Generation

WSD Productions & Native Driven Network presents
“7th Generation” A documentary film…
“7th Generation” covers generations of history, including the perspectives of Jim E Warne (Oglala Lakota) an advocate and educator. His story of the 7th Generation touches many levels of history and the unknown experiences of past generations. This documentary film addresses historical and current perspectives from Lakota elders and community members with a focus on a positive future for all of our youth - the 7th Generation…
Wounded Knee - Black Elk - Indian Policies - Boarding Schools - Mt. Rushmore - Crazy Horse - The future for the 7th Generation

"BEST INDIGENOUS FILM" & "BEST OF FLIC" - Flathead Lake International Cinemafest, Polson, MT January 27, 2018 & Encore Screening February 1, 2018
"GRAND JURY AWARD" - California Film Festival, Coronado, CA January 5, 2018
"BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE" - Los Angeles Film & Script Festival, Hollywood, CA November 4, 2017
"BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE" - Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival Los Angeles, CA September 2017
"HUMANITARIAN AWARD of DISTINCTION" - IndieFest Film Awards, LaJolla, CA February 8, 2017
"INSPIRATION AWARD" - Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival, Lafayette, Louisiana January 27, 2016
"BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM" - Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood, CA April 8, 2016
"AWARD OF EXCELLENCE" - IndieFest Film Awards, LaJolla, CA May 25, 2016

"The Flathead Lake International Cinemafest proudly screened 7th Generation at our 6th Annual Film Festival on the Flathead Indian Reservation of Montana. The film treats a very sad and sometimes forgotten piece of history with compassion and respect. The film continues to create meaningful dialogue and has generated many requests for information. Having Jim attend and do a Q&A was an additional treat! The film received the Best Indigenous Film Award at the festival." ~ Frank H. Tyro, PhD, co-director of FLIC

"Jim is a fellow tribal member who is committed to giving back to his people. He is a former NFL player and educator and continues to influence our youth. His film "7th Generation," shares our tribal history and prophecy from a Lakota perspective. Our youth has a strong future ahead. I am proud to see the insights of our elders shared in 7th Generation. It is a powerful message for everyone." ~ Scott Weston, Oglala Lakota Sioux, Tribal Chairman

“We are excited to have such a talent like Jim Warne join us at the symposium… This amazing and powerful film is a must-see for all South Dakotans.” ~ Wendy Parent- Johnson, Executive Director for the Center for Disabilities in University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine

“Jim Warne's documentary film, 7th Generation, brings clarity to the struggles of American Indians and assists us in understanding how federal policies continues to make it difficult... The Heard Museum screened the film 7th Generation to a maximum capacity crowd... the audience expressed the film brilliantly displayed an overlooked conversation”
~ Marcus Monenerkit, Curator Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ

“Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival proudly presented the Louisiana Premiere of 7TH GENERATION at our 11th annual film festival... As we expected, our audiences were engaged and moved by this important film. We were especially delighted that filmmaker Jim Warne was able to attend our festival and the film screening. His presence and insightful comments made the screening even more special and provoked strong emotions and tears among the audience... the film was awarded our prized Inspiration Award. Jim Warne and 7TH GENERATION are indeed inspiring!” ~ Rebecca Hudsmith and Pat Mire, COTBFF Co-Directors.

“The 7th Generation is a powerful documentary... there are strong lessons to be learned from viewing the 7th Generation. Jim Warne and his colleagues present the issues and the illustrations of Native American life in past decades and present a view of a positive future through the youth, the 7th Generation... As noted by Mr. Warne, I hope there will be a Native American President in our future”. ~ Fred R. McFarlane, Ph.D., Interwork Institute, San Diego State University

“Films like ‘7th Generation’ should be included in our curriculum. I feel that more topics like the message from Jim’s film should be taught at all levels. We included '7th Generation' in our film festival due to the elders stories, untold history and positive outlook for the future of our nation, our youth, the 7th Generation.” ~ Joely Proudfit, Ph.D., Director California Indian Culture & Sovereignty Center; Chair, American Indian Studies, California State University San Marcos; California’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival

First Edition Completed September 2015

Current Film Version Completed April 2017

WSD Productions - Post-Production Supervisor

Copyright - Jim Warne, WSD Productions

  • John L Voth
  • Jim Warne
    WSD Productions
  • Jim Warne
    The Substitute, Hunter, Invisible Man
  • John L-Voth
  • Sunshine Frank
  • Jim Warne
    Key Cast
  • Tribal Member Interviews
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    45 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 13, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • WINNER!!! Monaco International Film Festival 2020
    Monte Carlo
    February 23, 2020
    Monaco Premiere
    Best Feature Documentary and Angel Peace Award
  • WINNER!!! West Europe International Film Festival 2019
    August 24, 2019
    Brussels Premiere
    Best Short Documentary
  • WINER!!! Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival 2019
    United States
    June 16, 2019
    Raleigh Studios CA
    Best Documentary
  • WINNER!!! Central States Indie FanFilmFest 2019
    Quad Cities Illinois
    United States
    May 31, 2019
    Illinois Premiere
    Best Feature Documentary
  • WINNER!!! Nice International Film Festival 2019
    May 18, 2019
    French Premiere
    Best Science and Educational Film
  • WINNER!!! Caorle International Film Festival 2019
    May 11, 2019
    Caorle Premiere
    Best Documentary
  • WINNER!!! Culture & Diversity Film Festival. 2018
    United States
    September 29, 2018
    Sonoma County Wine Country Premiere
    Best Socially Conscious Film and Best Producer
  • WINNER!!! Oniros Film Awards 2018
    June 26, 2018
    Italian Premiere (Web Festival)
    Best 1st Time Producer (Monthly Award Winner)
  • WINER!!! The People’s Film Festival 2018
    United States
    June 1, 2018
    New York City Premiere
    Best Documentary
  • WINNER!!! Flathead Lake International Cinemafest 2018
    Polson, Montana
    United States
    January 27, 2018
    Montana Premier
    "Best Indigenous Film" & "Best of FLIC" Encore Screening Feb. 1, 2018
  • WINNER!!! California Film Awards 2018
    Coronado, CA
    United States
    January 5, 2018
    Coronado Premere
    Grand Jury Award
  • WINNER!!! LA Film & Script Festival 2017
    Hollywood, CA
    United States
    November 4, 2017
    Best Documentary Feature
  • WINNER!!! Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival 2017
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    September 30, 2017
    Best Documentary Feature September
  • WINNER!!! IndieFest Film Awards 2017 (Best of 2016 - Humanitarian Award))
    LaJolla, CA
    United States
    February 8, 2017
    Humanitarian Award
  • WINNER!!! Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood 2016
    Hollywood, CA
    United States
    April 8, 2016
    Best Documentary Feature
  • WINNER!!! IndieFEST Film Awards 2016
    LaJolla, CA
    United States
    May 25, 2016
    May 2016 Films
    Award of Excellence
  • WINNER!!! Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival Louisiana 2016
    Lafayette, LA
    United States
    January 24, 2016
    Louisiana Premiere
    Inspiration Award
  • Lakota Film Festival
    Martin, SD
    United States
    September 16, 2017
    Official Selection
  • NatiVisions Film Festival
    Parker, AZ
    United States
    September 24, 2016
    Arizona Film Festival Premire
    Official Selection
  • London Shows Film Festival
    London, United Kingdom
    October 15, 2015
    United Kingdom Premiere
  • American Indian Film Festival, AIFI San Fransisco
    AMC Metreon 16 Theatre, 135 4th St. San Francisco, CA
    November 7, 2015
    North American Premiere
  • California's American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival
    Pechanga Casino Resort, Temecula, CA
    November 21, 2015
    San Diego and Temecula Premire
    San Diego Premiere
  • LA Skins Fest, Film Festival
    Culver City, CA Culver Studios
    November 14, 2015
    LA Premiere
  • Heard Museum Screening with Jim Warne
    Phoenix, AZ
    November 27, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ Premire 2015
  • Journey Museum
    Rapid City, SD
    April 23, 2017
    South Dakota Museum Premiere
    Learning Center Forum Series
  • Lakota Nations Education Conference
    Rapid City, SD
    December 18, 2015
    South Dakota Premire
  • Northeastern State University
    Tahlequah, Oklahoma
    March 24, 2016
  • Arizona State University
    Tempe, AZ
    United States
    March 30, 2016
    Tempe, Arizona
  • University of South Dakota Symposium
    Sioux Falls, SD
    United States
    April 18, 2016
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • University of Leicester College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
    United Kingdom
    February 6, 2020
    Leicester Premiere
    Screening and Lecture
Distribution Information
  • Amazon Prime Video
    Country: United States
    Country: United Kingdom
  • Xfinity Cable VOD
    Country: United States
Director Biography - John L Voth

John-L Voth is a very passionate filmmaker and storyteller who studied film at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. He is currently employed by Seminole Media Productions for the Seminole Tribe of Florida where he develops content and documentaries about the indigenous tribes all over the world. He directed, produced, and edited 7th Generation. A documentary that speaks of the trials and tribulations that the Oglala Lakota Nation of South Dakota faced and are still facing to this day. He has also directed, co-produced, and edited The Mystery of William Henry Brown and Brown's Trading Post. His inspirations as a filmmaker come from his experience in life and his journey for the truth. He also has a deep interest in visual effects and has taught and continues to teach himself computer animation, compositing, and 3-D modeling software. His visual effects can be seen in some of his works. Some of his other interests include playing music, song writing, exercising, and painting. He is looking forward to creating more great documentaries and films that speak to the heart and shed light on the truth.
John moved on from NDN in 2016 to pursue film making opportunities in Los Angeles. He continued to work with WSD Productions to complete "7th Generation". The final version of the film project was completed in April 2017. John looks forward to telling more stories through film.

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Director Statement

The film is about Oglala Lakota tribal member Jim Warne's efforts in helping Tribal Nations find a way to succeed in a contemporary American system and still remain Indian at heart.
After the Wounded Knee Massacre a Lakota medicine man named Black Elk had a prophecy, 'It will take 7 generations to heal our sacred hoop.' Today we are approaching the 7th generation and Black Elk's prophecies both good and bad continue to become reality. Jim Warne of the Oglala Lakota Nation is a believer in the 7th Generation philosophy. The film is to help the public understand the hardships felt by Indian Country since those times, what really happened in the boarding school era, the historical trauma that tribal members still deal with today, what Mt. Rushmore looks like through a Lakota lens and the history behind Paha Sapa the Black Hills.