Rife W/ Fire
16mm film, 8 minutes, optical sound

In 1994 I began documenting Stephen Rife's pyrotechnic demonstrations. From the first non-dairy-creamer explosion to projectiles of burning steel wool and the most recent experiments with flaming parafin & water, I have known that Rife's work demands consideration. The medium of fire lends itself magnificently to the medium of film. They share rudimentary principles of light and movement. Importat also is the caress of the flame on the emulsion.