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Pipes have long been considered a symbol of contentment and contemplation. Imagine, then, what could be learned by exploring the lives of those that commit themselves to such a symbol.

Father The Flame follows Lee Erck, a world-renowned pipe maker from far Northern Michigan, as he travels the globe to explore the nearly forgotten art of tobacco pipe making.  Featuring a charming cast of characters—from the royal family of Danish pipe makers, to the Italian briar cutter known as the world’s greatest, to a fourth-generation Native American peace pipe maker— this story speaks to a slower pace of life, a luxury in our sped-up world. Beautiful, hypnotic, and contemplative, Father the Flame immerses the viewer in the historical, cultural, and spiritual significance of the tobacco pipe and what it can teach a modern generation about legacy and the things we leave behind.







Chad Terpstra - Director/Cinematographer is a filmmaker and cinematographer. His documentary cinematography has been honored at Telluride, South by Southwest and AFI Docs Film Festivals. www.chadterpstra.com.  

Jeremy Rush - Producer is the force behind Beardcore Media. Father the Flame is his most recent passion project and first feature film.

Stellita Terpstra - Producer/Legal is an attorney turned producer. She recently formed Mirror Darkly LLC, a production company, with her husband Chad Terpstra.

Scott McCambridge- Editor is an award-winning editor with a wealth of experience working on commercial, documentary and narrative projects.


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