We’re excited to announce that Where There’s Smoke will have its’ world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. This marks the first in a series of festival and event stagings of the live doc/immersive theatre/escape room experience.

Where There’s Smoke mixes live documentary, immersive theatre and an escape room to create an experience that explores 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

Where There’s Smoke staged its World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival


“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

“Yes, there’s technology — at the piece’s heart is Internet of Things tech — but 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

“Lance Weiler’s beautiful, unforgettable ‘Where There’s Smoke’ brings a documentary to life…” – No Proscenium

“Absolute can’t-miss…” – Backstage 

“Tribeca Immersive 2019 Awesome List” – Forbes


Past work-in-progress installation




Where There’s Smoke is one of five finalists for the Future of Storytelling prize within the Innovation in Storytelling category.

Special work-in-progress installation Oct 3rd & Oct 4th – READ MORE

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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