Tobacco Pipe Documentary

Pipe-Making Documentary Father The Flame To Premiere At 54th Chicago Int’l Film Festival


Acclaimed cinematographer Chad Terpstra makes directorial debut in sweeping, sentimental story of craftsmanship, tradition and family.

Mirror Darkly today announces the world premiere of FATHER THE FLAME, a documentary about the legacy of the tobacco pipe, at the 54th Chicago International Film Festival (October 10-21, 2018). Chad Terpstra, a Michigan-based cinematographer, makes his feature directorial debut with this cinematic exploration of the tobacco pipe, long a symbol of contentment, through the window of its sacred origins and meticulous craftsmanship. FATHER THE FLAME screens Friday, October 12 at 6:30p and Sunday, October 14 at 11:30a at the Festival’s primary venue, AMC River North (322 E. Illinois St.).

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. Along the way is a charming cast of characters, including the “royal family of Danish pipemakers” and the patriarch who helped shape the industry; the Italian briar root cutter known as the world’s greatest source for the raw material used to make handcrafted pipes; and a fourth-generation Native American pipe maker who carries on his ancestors’ sacred traditions