Official Trailer for Documentary 'Father the Flame' About Tobacco Pipes

February 27, 2019
Source: YouTube

Father the Flame Trailer

"You spend so much time with the piece of wood, it becomes part of you." The Orchard has just released an official trailer for a documentary titled Father the Flame, which played at the Chicago Film Festival last year. This indie documentary is described as a "cinematic exploration of legacy, family and love" focusing on the tobacco pipe. Yes, a feature-length doc film entirely about pipes. It's an incredible journey around the globe and across generations, contemplating the soul and significance of the tobacco pipe. It's less about the tobacco in the pipe, more about the pipe(s) & the people - exploring the nearly forgotten art of tobacco pipe making. This film is made by a cinematographer and features some mesmerizing footage, not only of people smoking pipes, but some stunning macro shots of the tobacco burning up inside. Light up and dive right in.

Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Chad Terpstra's doc Father the Flame, direct from YouTube:

Father the Flame Poster

For centuries, the tobacco pipe has been a symbol of contentment and contemplation. Through the window of this transcendental artifact and its sacred origins, Father the Flame is an exploration of legacy, family and love. The film 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 worlds 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 and hypnotic, Father the Flame immerses the viewer in the cultural and spiritual significance of the tobacco pipe and what it can teach a modern generation about legacy and the things we leave behind. Father the Flame is directed by cinematographer Chad Terpstra, making his directorial debut with this. First premiered at the Chicago Film Festival last year. The Orchard will release Terpstra's Father the Flame direct-to-VOD starting June 4th this summer. Visit their website.

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I never tried pipes. When I think of that, they look cool. But I guess, that was not enough to become ever my thing. But I respect the passion and desire that comes with them ...

shiboleth on Feb 27, 2019


Yeah, I feel the same way. Always thought they were cool, but never tried them myself. Also, tobacco is bad haha. But this still looks like a fascinating doc.

Alex Billington on Mar 1, 2019


True, I had a friend that enjoyed it for a little while but gave it up since that pleasure tends to cost some money. And I agree about the tobacco, not my thing either. As for the doc (or docs), there are so many of them that look so good. Beside all the multitude of feature films. Oh yeah, it's good to have such huge numbers of films to watch. In time, this one also might have its chance. Just can't see it now. Anyway, thanks for the tip. Cheers ...

shiboleth on Mar 3, 2019


Smoke and a pancake.

DAVIDPD on Feb 28, 2019


I feel like there's better things to pass on than a smoking habit.

Terry Craig on Mar 8, 2019


I've seen this around a time or three . . .

AnantaAndroscoggin on Mar 10, 2019


Another trailer for the documentary that has been promised for 4 or 5 years but is always begging for more money so they can complete it.

Pappy_Joe on Mar 12, 2019

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