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.