This Spring we’ll be staging Where There’s Smoke workshops at Columbia University’s IPE day in collaboration with the Narrative Medicine Program and the School of the Arts. The workshops are part of a design and ideation process to explore how projects like Where There’s Smoke can become prototypes for empathy healing spaces that harness story, design, play and emergent technology.
We’re fielding offers to mount the full installation in Los Angles, London and Amsterdam. If you’re interested in hosting the installation please let us know. hello@smokeproject.co
Where There’s Smoke is currently being developed as a browser-based experience that includes a tool kit for building immersive learning & healing spaces.
We’re working on an art book that will feature a collection of my Dad’s fire slides. Pulled from thousands of fire slides shot between 1968 and 1988.
In addition to the immersive documentary side of the project, we’re developing a fictional film/TV series and YA novel based on true events.

Where There’s Smoke mixes live documentary, immersive theatre and elements of an escape room to create an experience that explores life, memory and loss. Set within the aftermath of a blaze, participants race to determine the cause of a tragic fire by sifting through the charred remains.

“In 1983 our van burst into flames on a family vacation. Eleven months later our house would burn to the ground. As I explore my past I find mysterious connections to these blazes and come face to face with a closet full of skeletons. Inspired by true events in my life, Where There’s Smoke details the connections between two mysterious fires and my father’s battle with cancer.” – writer/director Lance Weiler



We’ll be staging two shows of WTS on November 22nd at 1pm and 4pm Eastern time. For more details click here.



We’re excited to announce that we’ve developed a new virtual version of Where There’s Smoke for upwards of a 100 participants. The two hour experience weaves together storytelling, artwork, unseen archival 35mm slides, new recordings and immersive moments designed for individuals, pairs and groups. If you’re interested in hosting a showing of Where There’s Smoke at your festival, museum, gallery, school and/or conference please contact us at hello@smokeproject.co



We workshopped two special virtual performances of a new version of Where There’s Smoke at the Reimagine End of Life Festival


Virtual Performance
June 11th at 8pm ET

Virtual Performance
June 14th at 2pm ET

Special Talk
The Making of Where There’s Smoke
June 15th at 8pm ET



In 2019, a 1,400 sq ft installation was staged at the Tribeca Film Festival. Over the course of the festival more than 500 participants experienced Where There’s Smoke. Click here to see a case study detailing the installation.



“Over 100 movies screened at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, but one of its best offerings lets you walk inside the frame and experience a story from the inside out.” – IndieWire

“The tech is sublimated here in service to Weiler’s very personal chronicling of his father’s life and the nature of their relationship. It’s a lovely piece and another must see.” – Filmmaker Magazine

Deeply affecting and incredibly well-crafted, this powerful documentary-meets-installation interactive experience leaves a lasting mark.…” – No Proscenium

“Absolute can’t-miss…” – Backstage 

“Tribeca Immersive 2019 Awesome List” – Forbes

For over 20 years my father was a volunteer firefighter and amateur fire scene photographer. Where There's Smoke makes use of thousands of fire slides shot between 1968 and 1988.

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