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Passfire is a documentary about the world's most amazing fireworks, the passionate people who make them and the cultures behind them.

New Stretch Goal: $45,000

Passfire has reached it's initial funding goal! That's fantastic news, but the campaign is not over yet. 

If we can reach a new stretch goal of $45,000, we can bring you more amazing fireworks stories from around the world, and make Passfire the masterpiece it deserves to be. Please watch the new update video to learn more about our stretch goal and a cool bonus we are offering to our backers who pledge $35 or more:

New Bonus Reward

As mentioned in the video above, we are now offering a bonus reward to all of our backers who have pledged $35 or more — an awesome Passfire sticker. It's our way of saying "thank you" for helping us reach our initial funding goal for Passfire!

About the Project

Passfire is the global story of the culture of fireworks. The term “passfire” is used in pyrotechnics to mean passing a flame from one part of a shell to another, but it’s also a metaphor for passing the love and knowledge for fireworks from one country to another, one person to another and one generation to another.

Highlights

  • What we've done: Passfire started production in October 2012.  So far we have filmed the huge fireworks factories of China and artisanal workshops in Japan that make the world’s biggest aerial ball shells.
  • China and Japan are just the tip of the iceberg: We are going to show you stories from other countries that even experienced pyro professionals have never seen before.
  • What we're going to do: The money we raise from this campaign will allow us to bring you incredible stories from around the world. From Thai rice farmers who build giant girandolas (helicopters) for annual celebrations and small Indonesian villages who make fireworks for traditional weddings to rocket wars between churches in Greece, we will answer the question, "why are people so fascinated with fireworks?" Those are just a few examples of how we will explore the amazing ways that humans celebrate their relationship with fire.

What will the money be used for?

We plan to make the definitive documentary on fireworks — $38,000 may seem like a lot, but it is the bare minimum that we need to take this project to the next step.  The more we can raise, the more we can do. Help us overfund this project! Here are some of the things the money will be used for:

  • Travel: Travel will be one of the single biggest expenses of the Passfire project. We hope to film all over the world, including Malta, Spain, Italy, Greece, Mexico, Brazil, India, Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia and of course the USA.  The more money we can raise the more places we can visit in order to bring you the truly global story of fireworks.
  • Equipment: We want to capture the best looking video possible, including super-slow motion shots of fireworks and will need a good camera to do this.  More money means a better camera and better footage. You would also be surprised how many hard drives we need to store this precious footage once we get it.
  • Music: Fireworks are thrilling. Fireworks with the right music are mind-blowing! We want an original theme song and amazing score to match the quality of the project. We will need money to cover the costs of studio time for artists, such as Mike Brindisi, who will create this music.

Why are we making this film?

Fireworks are awesome. Everyone loves them and yet many of us only think about them on a few special occasions every year. But for a select few, fireworks are a way of life, perhaps even the very purpose of life itself. This is a celebration of fireworks makers, the amazing fireworks they bring us and the cultural traditions they pass to future generations, all around the world. Passfire is a huge production on a massive topic that examines the fundamental human fascination with fire.

Who are the Veverka Bros.?

We are a couple of filmmakers who have loved fireworks since we were boys — the light, the sound, the smell of the smoke, the burst of color in the sky. This article that Jesse Veverka wrote with the support of Mark Hiratsuka at CNN Travel about Liuyang, the world's "capital" of fireworks, got us started and the more we learn the more passionate we become. This post and this post on the Clyde Fitch Report, the nexus of art a politics and the official blog of Passfire, tell even more of the story.

As award-winning filmmakers with a previous feature documentary, "China: The Rebirth of an Empire," under our belt as well as various short films, we have the experience and knowledge necessary to bring Passfire to the big screen.

Endorsements

Passfire has been endorsed by the National Fireworks Association (NFA) and has signed on two fireworks industry veterans, John Werner, President of the NFA, and Harry Gilliam, President of Skylighter.com, as technical advisors and executive producers. 

Passfire has also been officially endorsed by the Clyde Fitch Report. The CFR is proud to support our Kickstarter campaign and is the exclusive home of the Veverka Bros. bi-weekly film column and the official Passfire blog, where you can find out more about the production, read our notes from behind-the-scenes, and see production images and footage.

Music

Passfire will have an original sound track featuring the theme song Passfire by Mike Brindisi & The New York Rock. All supporters donating $10 or more will receive a download of the Passfire theme song. Part of the proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover the cost of studio time for Mike and to create a rockin' music video for the song. We will also have a soundtrack composed of original music from countries where fireworks are made.

Where will Passfire be shown?

We are planning for a global release, including theatrical, TV, digital, and DVD. In other words this film is going to be BIG.

Here's where you come in...

But we are still missing one important thing: you. We need your help to make this film a reality. We only have 34 days to reach our goal.

Kickstarter is all or nothing, so if we don't meet our goal we get zero and we can't make Passfire (your credit card is not charged). Building a core community of supporters is crucial, and we're counting on fireworks-lovers worldwide to help make this project happen.

  • Whether its $5 or $500, your donation will allow us to film the world's most amazing fireworks and bring the stories of the passionate fireworkers who make them to the big screen.
  • Those who are able to make larger contributions at the $1,000, or $10,000 levels will be rewarded by becoming part of the production itself through a "Meet the Producers" DVD special, previews of the rough cut before the film is released and even being featured in the film! (VIP level.)
  • Corporate Sponsorships are also available at the Bronze ($625), Silver ($1,250), Gold ($2,500), Platinum ($5,000) and Diamond ($10,000) levels, click here for more information.
  • $38,000 is the minimum we need to make this film, but the more we raise the better it will be. Help us overfund this project!

Help us get the word out:

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  • Tell your friends
  • Forward our emails
  • Write a blog post
  • Tweet (use #Passfire)

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A big THANK YOU! Let's make an awesome film together!

Rewards

Your donation supports the production of Passfire, and as a thank you we are offering a lot of amazing rewards unique to the Passfire project (see descriptions in pledge levels to the right). Here are some highlights we know you'll love:

  • Screen Credits: In addition to being credited in the film, all screen credits (Special Thanks, Production Assistant, Associate Producer and Executive Producer) will be listed on the Passfire IMDb page.
  • Special Edition Passfire T-Shirt: Available for pledges of $150 and up. A sharp looking black tee with the Passfire logo. Please specify size. (Note: These shirts are separate from the Limited Edition Passfire/CFR T-shirts). The limited edition Passfire Associate Producer and VIP shirts will have "Associate Producer" and "VIP" boldly written on the back. Note, you may select the limited edition Passfire/CFR shirt as an alternative if you prefer.
  • 6-inch Japanese Ball Shell Piggy Bank: A one-of-a-kind, hand-pasted 6-inch ball shell piggy bank (inert) emblazoned with the Passfire logo, made in Japan by Abe Fireworks, the company that produces the giant 36" ball shells you see in the video. Each piggy bank is unique.
  • Crew Vest: We use them as filmmakers, you use them as pyrotechnicians. An awesome cargo vest with the Passfire logo — perfect for holding tools while you set up your next pyro display. Please specify size and color (black, navy blue, olive, khaki.)
  • Japanese Pressed Flower Fireworks Art: "Hanabi," the Japanese word for fireworks literally means "flower fire." This amazing piece of Japanese artistry uses flowers to show fire. A completely hand-made dried flower arrangement depicting a fireworks scene from Passfire. Each one is unique and comes with the artist's personal stamp and the Passfire logo. A rare artwork that really captures the beauty of both fireworks and Japanese craftsmanship. Comes sealed in a high-quality, airtight, glass picture frame, approximately 8.5"x11". Sample shown below, individual pieces will vary.
  • Production Slate: Take home a piece of the production — a signed production slate that was actually used during the making of Passfire! Sample shown below.
  • Liuyang Fireworks Tour: As a VIP, you will have the opportunity to experience something truly unique: a guided tour of a fireworks factory in Liuyang, China, the world’s fireworks capital. Terry Winkle who appears in the film will be your personal tour guide for Liuyang, its central fireworks market, official fireworks demonstration site, and one of its factories, while sharing his knowledge of the industry and locale. Travel expenses are not included, and the tour must be scheduled around Terry’s availability during fall/winter 2013. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime chance to tour a working fireworks factory and see things that are off-limits to the general public. Contact us for more information.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

A film like Passfire presents certain risks and challenges. Because the film involves going to far-flung destinations, we may encounter difficulties while traveling that may necessitate changes to our itinerary. Also, fireworks do involve a certain level of risk — we take necessary precautions and make safety our highest priority. Because making this film requires cooperation with other parties beyond the filmmaker's direct control (such as artists, musicians and other professionals) the filmmakers may need to make adjustments to the creative vision of the film. Finally, independent documentaries often run over schedule and it may take additional time to complete the film, which could delay the fulfillment of certain rewards. Although we intend broad distribution, results will depend on circumstances at the time of completion — we are addressing these challenges by teaming with experienced industry veterans and planning for digital distribution. With our previous production experience, including a feature documentary, we are confident we can meet these challenges.

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    Passfire/CFR Coffee Mug: You will receive a limited edition Passfire mug endorsed by The Clyde Fitch Report. The CFR is the exclusive home of the Veverka Bros. bi-weekly film column and is the official blog of the Passfire project. You will also get digital downloads of the film, theme song and fireworks photos (when complete).

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    Special Thanks: You become part of the film! Receive a "Special Thanks" attached to your name in the film's end credits and appear on IMDb. You will also receive the collector's DVD, digital downloads of the film, Passfire theme song and fireworks photos, plus a "thank you" post card sent to you during the production!

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    6-Inch Japanese Ball Shell Piggy Bank: You will get a one-of-a-kind, hand-pasted 6" ball shell piggy bank (inert) emblazoned with the Passfire logo, made in Japan by Abe Fireworks, the company that produces the giant 36" ball shells you see in the video. Each piggy bank is unique. You will also receive a Special Edition Passfire T-shirt (or the Passfire/CFR shirt if you prefer), "Special Thanks" in the credits, DVD, digital downloads of the film, theme song and fireworks photos (when complete).

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    Honorary Crew: Become an honorary crew member on the Passfire team! You will get an awesome cargo vest with the Passfire logo — perfect for holding tools while you set up your next pyro display. Then come meet the producers with two free tickets to a film festival of your choice (US locations announced once the film is released — travel expenses not included). You will also receive a "Production Assistant" credit, DVD and digital downloads of the film, theme song and fireworks photos (when complete).

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    Japanese Pressed Flower Fireworks Art: You will receive an amazing piece of Japanese artistry. A hand-made dried flower arrangement depicting a fireworks scene from Passfire. Each one is unique and comes with the artist's personal stamp and the Passfire logo. A rare item that really captures the beauty of both fireworks and Japanese craftsmanship. Comes sealed in a high-quality glass frame, approximately 8.5x11". You will also receive a T-shirt, "Special Thanks" in the credits, DVD, and digital downloads of the film, theme song and fireworks photos (when complete). Limited quantity.

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    Diamond Sponsor: Diamond Sponsors get top visibility. You'll be listed in the credits as a Diamond Sponsor and have your company featured in the actual film. You'll be prominently mentioned in press releases, social media and emails and have your logo boldly placed on the film's website, t-shirts and other promotional materials. You'll also be included in a "Meet the Producers" behind-the-scenes DVD extra. You'll also receive 10 copies of the finished DVD.

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    VIP Liuyang Tour: You make the film happen! You'll be treated as a VIP with a personalized tour of Liuyang, its fireworks factories and test site from Terry Winkle who appears in the video! (Travel expenses not included/subject to Terry's availability). You'll also (at your option) be interviewed about your passion for fireworks and appear in the film! You'll be credited as an Associate Producer in the opening credits and you will get a sneak peak of the film's rough cut and be able to provide feedback before the film is done! You'll be included in a "Meet the Producers" behind-the-scenes DVD extra and receive two tickets to the film's premiere (US locations announced once the film is released — travel expenses not included). You'll also receive a Veverka Bros. Productions baseball cap and a Passfire VIP T-shirt. In addition you will get a signed production slate used in the actual production! Finally you'll get the DVD and digital downloads of the film, theme song and fireworks photos (when complete).

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