Father the Flame (2018)
Dir: Chad Terpstra
Runtime: 75 min
Pipes have long been considered a symbol of contentment and contemplation. Imagine 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 pipemaker from far Northern Michigan, as he travels the globe exploring the nearly forgotten art of tobacco pipe making. Featuring a charming cast of characters—from the “royal” family of Danish pipemakers, 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 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.
Sunday Feb 17 at 11am at Sarah and Daniel Opperman Auditorium – Park Library