We recommend you update your Vimeo settings to enable embedding. This way, festivals can watch your video within FilmFreeway. Your video will still be password protected.

In Vimeo, click Settings > Privacy > Where Can This Video be Embedded > Anywhere.


A young man brings home his girlfriend to his domineering father to discover a shocking family secret.

  • Mike Messier
    The Nature of the Flame, Distance from Avalon teaser
  • Mike Messier
    The Nature of the Flame, Distance from Avalon teaser
  • Nick Gifford
  • MIke Messier
    The Nature of the Flame, Distance from Avalon teaser
  • Nick Gifford
    Key Cast
  • LaNecia Edmonds
    Key Cast
    Marriage Is Bliss episode from In the Bedroom webseries
  • Robert Ellis Smith
    Key Cast
  • Chris Hunter
    DP & Editor
    The Nature of the Flame
  • James Russell DeMello
    1st AC & Key Grip
    Hail! Hail!
  • Jarod Chelo / Chelo's Hometown Bar & Grille
  • Film Type:
  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy, Holiday, Dark Comedy, Family, Multi-Cultural
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 29, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Mike Messier

Mike Messier http://www.mikemessier.com/ has won ten awards in film and local television. As an Actor, Messier has a principle role in the USA Network film Hard Luck, playing the son of a character played by Cybill Shepherd (Taxi Driver, The Last Picture Show, Moonlighting). Messier also shares a scene with Meryl Streep and Elisabeth Shue in the theatrical release Hope Springs. Messier is also an experienced Acting Coach of C.O.R.E. A.C.T.I.N.G. and Tao Zen Acting http://taozenacting.com/ having worked with students from age nine to seventy-three. Messier's work as Writer/Director includes the the award winning shorts The Actor, The Nature of the Flame,the feature film Blood! Sugar! Sid! Ace! and The Wrestling With Sanity Short Film Trilogy.

Add Director’s Biography
Director Statement

Thanksgiving is a provocative look at a family under crisis and at a crossroads. We hope you enjoy our short film! - MIKE MESSIER