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Shane Omar Slattery-Quintanilla Associate Professor of Film

photo: Roman Ashe

Shane Omar Slattery-Quintanilla is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and Associate Professor of Film at Vassar College. He is writer, producer, and co-director of photography of The Seventh Fire, executive produced by Terrence Malick, Natalie Portman, and Chris Eyre. The Seventh Fire follows two Ojibwe men struggling with the rise of gang and drug culture on their reservation in Northern Minnesota. The film premiered at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival and has played in various festivals and cities around the world, including Stockholm, Madrid, London, and Tehran. In March 2016 the White House held a special screening of The Seventh Fire and Professor Slattery-Quintanilla was featured along with his collaborators in a panel discussion about the film.

He also 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 US 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.”

Professor Slattery-Quintanilla received his BA from Harvard College and his MFA from the University of Michigan. 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. 

He grew up on a cattle ranch in Southern Colorado with his beloved parents Mary and Roger and his sisters Jessica, Hannah, Claire, and Eve.

  • At Vassar since 2013

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Selected Publications

The Wild Inside (2018)
Credit: Producer
Premiered on Topic.com/Vimeo (Staff Pick); Nominated for “Vimeo Best of the Year”
https://vimeo.com/266883659
 
The Fate of the Wild (2018)
Credit: Producer
Premiered on The New Yorker online, Jan. 2018; Festival Premiere Mountainfilm 2018
https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/a-new-documentary
 
Immigrant, Montana Book Trailer (2018)
Credit: Director, Producer, Editor
Premiered on Vimeo and Knopf website July 2018
https://vimeo.com/277192731
 
The Seventh Fire (2015)
Credit: Producer, Writer, Co-Director of Photography
World Premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in 2015;
White House Screening in 2016; Netflix Streaming Distribution from 2016-2018
https://vimeo.com/268633185