"Fireworks have a powerful, almost magical attraction to people," Gilliam said. "I'm tickled pink that such an accomplished, professional film company is producing a documentary on how and why fireworks affect people so universally. I have been particularly impressed with the Veverka Brothers' insights and enthusiasm for the link between fireworks and different cultures all over the world, and I am honored to be able to help bring this production into being."
Highlights of the production will also include scenes of jumbo-size Thai Girandolas helicoptoring into the sky, celebrations at a fireworks festival in Tultepec, Mexico, honoring the patron saint of pyrotechnics, San Juan de Dios, and a glimpse of Malta, where Catholic parishes compete with one another for the best fireworks shows.
"There've been some interesting stories about the way fireworks are made, their history, or how shows are put together, but there has never been a film of this scale that looks at the way people show their love for fireworks around the globe," says director Jesse Veverka, adding that many of the scenes offer glimpses of fireworks that have never been seen by the broader public before.
Despite the global perspective, Jesse and Jeremy realize that a part of fireworks culture lies in their own backyard - the United States. They are documenting the work of Tom Dimock, a licensed pyrotechnician in Ellis Hollow, New York. Dimock co-organizes a special fireworks show every Labor Day, and has won several awards from the Pyrotechnics Guild International. They'll also be checking out fireworks around American Independence Day (July 4), where the sky of the entire nation lights up with brightly colored blasts and the largest shows of the year.
This is the largest project that the Veverka Brothers have taken on in their careers so far. Previously, they created the feature-length documentary "China: Rebirth of an Empire," which screened at 24 film festivals internationally and took home six awards, including Best Documentary. Their documentary short "Malana: Globalization of a Himalayan Village" and narrative short "Bus to Somewhere" continue to screen at festivals worldwide.
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