Father the Flame

Chad began Father the Flame as a personal documentary project in 2012. After traveling to five countries and four US destinations, the film premiered in October 2018 at the Chicago International Film Festival.


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 a cinematic exploration of legacy, family and love.

Director & Cinematographer | Chad Terpstra
Editor | Scott McCambridge
Production | Mirror Darkly