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Where There's Smoke - an immersive experience of life, loss & memory

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All families have secrets. Skeletons hidden in closets. Things left unsaid.

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Where There's Smoke is an award winning immersive storytelling experience about life, loss and memory. This marks our first public run after premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival and IDFA Doc Lab in Amsterdam.

This series of FREE showings is presented in collaboration with Columbia University School of the Arts' Digital Storytelling Lab.

In Where There's Smoke, writer/director/storytelling pioneer Lance Weiler unravels the secrets of his enigmatic father--a volunteer firefighter and amateur fire scene photographer--and two devastating fires that struck the Weiler family in the early 1980s. In the final months of his battle with colon cancer, his father invites Lance to interview him, and these conversations reignite 30 years of wondering… were those fires more than tragic accidents?

Prepared to come face-to-face with mysteries of the past, Lance sits down with his father and finds himself simultaneously confronting tragedies of the present. As his father’s choices fade with his body, Lance and his family experience a profound lack of empathy in his care, and this sparks a new question for Lance: “What if this story can do more?” Out of a heartbreaking journey for answers and healing rises Where There’s Smoke, an unlikely collaboration between Lance and his father that combines elements of immersive theatre, interactive documentary and emergent technology. Now, using the online tools that have kept us connected through COVID-19, join Lance and his father in an immersive conversation about life, loss and memory that reveals itself to be both deeply personal and universally resonant.


Each showing is limited to an audience of 40 people. Where There's Smoke is a virtual experience that takes place via Zoom and Miro which is a free online collaboration platform that runs on Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Please note the experience makes use of Zoom's camera and microphone.

The performance lasts upwards of two hours and has moments where you'll be asked to collaborate with other participants.

The Zoom link for the experience will be sent to ticket holders 24 hours prior to the start of the show.

The Zoom waiting room opens 10 minutes prior to the start of the show. We ask that participants please arrive prior to show time as to ensure that you don't miss the start of the experience. Those who arrive late unfortunately will not be admitted.

Can you help support one of these amazing charities?

While the shows are free we do encourage you to make a donation to one of the following charities. If you aren't in the position to no worries.

Hospice Foundation of America

Hope Connections For Cancer Support

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