The Seventh Most Important Thing

A captivating real-story about grief, friendships and second chances


SCREENPLAY: Kwame Kwei-Armah
BOOK AUTHOR: Shelley Pearsall
BUDGET: $20,000,000


In 1963 Washington, D.C., the holiday season is clouded by JFK’s recent assassination. Thirteen-year-old Arthur Owens, grappling with his father’s recent passing, lashes out in anger at a local “Junk Man,” resulting in four months of community service. His community’s judgment leaves Arthur isolated, with schoolmates shunning him and teachers treating him as a lost cause. Assigned to collect junk, Arthur finds solace amongst the debris, some pieces stirring memories of his dad. Eventually, as Arthur witnesses these seemingly worthless objects transform into the “Junk Man’s” art, he embarks on a parallel journey, seeing value in himself and more than the lost soul reflected in everyone else’s eyes.

Amidst themes of healing and second chances, Arthur forms an unlikely bond with the “Junk Man,” who recognizes Arthur’s inherent worth. The story delves into the healing power of relationships and the importance of seeing beyond surface judgments. With a tone reminiscent of “UP” and “WONDER,” Arthur’s journey prompts reflection on the overlooked stories amidst life’s chaos. It raises the poignant question: amidst sensational headlines, what does it take to notice the quieter, more meaningful narratives hiding on the sidelines?