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Trevonne Slays as Seven

poster for Seven featuring Natalie Trevonne as SevenLos Angeles, CA, April 22 – Natalie Trevonne returns to Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, playing Seven, a blind 19-year-old who is removed from her normal life after finding out she’s the next slayer and the only one who can save the world. Not fully understanding her true destiny, tensions run high as she trains with her watcher, Mr. Gordon (Jongman Kim).

During training, Seven experiences periods of self doubt. She runs away, finding a blind pianist (Jeremy Jeffers) playing a song her mentor used to play for her when she was scared. “When I am away, be strong for me,” she sings the lyrics that she wrote. “Oh, Lord, please be my strength.”

This experience gives her the strength to renew her training and take on her destiny.

The film is inspired by Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which plays well into the challenge’s theme of unsung or antihero.

“A slayer is one of the greatest unsung heroes of all time because if you’re familiar with the series, then you know Buffy saves the world from apocalypse after apocalypse with little to no credit,” Trevonne said. “But I kind of feel like my character is more antihero. She doesn’t really possess the traditional heroic traits nor is she really feeling it! But either way, we hope we make both the iconic Sarah Michelle Gellar and the disability community proud!”

Trevonne, who is an actress, model, writer, and disability advocate, won the Best Actor award in the 2021 film challenge for her film she co-wrote and starred in Nay Nay Too Bomb. Trevonne also is a 2019 RespectAbility Entertainment Lab alumna.

The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge awareness campaign takes place April 16-25, and audiences are asked to like, share, or comment on the more than 90 films throughout the campaign to spread disability awareness.

Watch Seven on Facebook and YouTube.

Meet the Author

Lauren Appelbaum

Lauren Appelbaum is the VP, Communications and Entertainment & News Media, of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so all people with disabilities can fully participate in every aspect of community. As an individual with an acquired nonvisible disability – Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy – she works at the intersection of disability, employment, Hollywood and politics. She regularly conducts trainings on the why and how to be more inclusive and accessible for entertainment executives throughout the industry. Appelbaum partners with studios, production companies and writers’ rooms to create equitable and accessible opportunities to increase the number of people with lived disability experience throughout the overall story-telling process. These initiatives increase diverse and authentic representation of disabled people on screen, leading to systemic change in how society views and values people with disabilities. She has consulted on more than 100 TV episodes and films with A&E, Bunim-Murray Productions, NBCUniversal, Netflix, ViacomCBS, and The Walt Disney Company, among others. She represents RespectAbility on the CAA Full Story Initiative Advisory Council, Disney+ Content Advisory Council, MTV Entertainment Group Culture Code and Sundance Institute’s Allied Organization Initiative. She is the author of The Hollywood Disability Inclusion Toolkit and the creator of an innovative Lab Program for entertainment professionals with disabilities working in development, production and post-production. She is a recipient of the 2020 Roddenberry Foundation Impact Award for this Lab. To reach her, email [email protected]

2 comments… add one
  • Rex Dillman Apr 23, 2022, 11:09 pm

    have tried to write to other places…. i knew people w disabilities forever just thought of them as who they were… not any different… so the 1940s movie year of the ram…. a perfect remake… besides the life story of susan peters would be a hit on screen…. do ya think so????!!! thanks

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