The Film

Father the Flame will be a feature-length documentary about slowing down, embracing life, and learning something in the process. It's also about tobacco pipes.

We will delve into the modern world of the pipe culture, explore the historical journey of the tobacco pipe and show the making of a pipe from harvesting briar in Italy to a finished pipe made by a craftsman in a remote corner of upper Michigan. Through interviews, narration, and cinematic imagery we will explore the timeless and transcendant nature of pipes.



You never really own a pipe. You are its caretaker until you pass it on.

The Team

Chad Terpstra - Director/Cinematographer - Is a filmmaker and commercial cinematographer. His documentary cinematography has been honored at Telluride, South by Southwest and AFI Docs Film Festival. Check out his cinematography work at  

Jeremy Rush - Producer - Is the force behind Beardcore Media. Father the Flame is his most recent passion project.

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

Scott McCambridge- Editor - Is an award-winning editor. He has a wealth of experience working on a variety of commercial, documentary and narrative projects.