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Passfire: A Film About Fireworks Culture Across the Globe

Passfire is an independently produced feature documentary about the world's most amazing fireworks, the people who make them and the cultures behind them. Covering 23 countries on six continents, the film ventures from the most well-known pyrotechnic hubs, to remote enclaves where the cultural traditions of truly unique fireworks have lasted generations. It asks and answers questions like, “why do we love fireworks, how do they unite us, and hoe can we pass on our most cherished fireworks traditions?”

  • Jesse Veverka
  • Jeremy Veverka
  • Hannah Basciano
    Assistant Producer
  • John Werner
    Executive Producer
  • Harry Gilliam
    Executive Producer
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    1 hour 39 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 27, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    400,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan
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Director Biography

Trained as an aerospace engineer, writer/director Jesse Veverka was a financial analyst on Wall Street before co-founding his own media production company, Veverka Bros. Productions LLC, with his brother Jeremy. He has worked and lived throughout Asia, including Japan, Korea, China and Indonesia. His award-winning films have been screened at dozens of film festivals worldwide and his articles have appeared in various publications including CNN Travel, Japan’s Metropolis Magazine and China’s Global Times. He was reunited with his childhood passion for fireworks while on assignment in Liuyang, China in 2012 and Passfire was the result. He was born in Ithaca, NY.

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