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The Nature of the Flame

The Nature of the Flame burns softy as two young dreamers cross lives and paths in a supernatural landscape. This existential journey was filmed in The Providence Zen Center, the historic Newport Cliff Walk and the natural environments of Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Lindsey Elisabeth Cork and Jocelyn Padilla star as a wandering spirit and her ethereal mentor-sage. Writer/Director Mike Messier and DP/Editor Chris Hunter co-produced the The Nature of the Flame as the debut by Rhode Island South Filmmakers Group.

  • Mike Messier
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  • Mike Messier
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  • Mike Messier
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  • Chris Hunter
  • Lindsesy Elisabeth Cork
    Key Cast
    I am Monroe?, Amor Sangre
  • Jocelyn Padilla
    Key Cast
    I am Monroe?, Amor Sangre, The Twain
  • Chris Hunter
    Director of Photography
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  • Chris Hunter
    Sloth, Thanksgiving
  • Film Type:
  • Genres:
    Drama, Fantasy, Female Cast, PG Rated, Zen Study, Dreamlike
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 9, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    350 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Rhode Island International Film Festival
    Providence, RI
    August 9, 2014
    World Premiere
  • My Love, Michelle Shot Film Festival
    San Antonio, Texas
    Texas Premiere
    Best Cinematography - Chris Hunter
Director Biography - Mike Messier

Associate Producer on a regional Emmy nominated doc and regional Associated Press Award winner for same film. Actor, who has shared scenes with Meryl Streep, Cybill Shepherd, Mario Van Peeples, Wesley Snipes and Elisabeth Shue. Instructor of Tao Zen Acting. All around nice guy and chess player.

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Director Statement

I wanted to show the mentor-student relationship with a female cast. This is a unique vision into our own world. We hope you leave enchanted, enlightened. Let your imagination decide...or just flow.