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04 Rocket Wars 'Short Documentary'

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Production Company / Creative Collective Variable

Director Salomon Ligthelm

Director of Photography Khalid Mohtaseb

2nd Unit Director Jonathan Bregel

Phantom Camera Cinematographer Jonathan Bregel

Executive Producer Tyler Ginter

Producer Alex Friedman

Production Supervisor Paige DeMarco

Phantom Tech / 1st Assistant Camera / DIT Jeff Levine

Art Director / Gaffer / Grip Brad Burke

Fixer Eleni Fanariotou

RC Helicopter Snaproll Media / snaprollmedia.com

Post Production Variable

Editor Salomon Ligthelm

Assistant Editor Simon Reinert

Story Consultant Spyros Dahlias

Colorist Sal Malifatano @ Nice Shoes

Sound Mix / Sound Design Defacto Sound

A war to keep the peace. In the small village of Vrontados on the Greek island of Chios, there is unrest. For over a century, parishioners of two Greek Orthodox churches have engaged in a battle on Holy Saturday, firing more than 100,000 homemade rockets at each other’s churches once the sun goes down. This film is a reflection of a sense of devotion that feels lost in the modern world. Seeing people with so much passion for the craft and tradition of rocket-making was invigorating to witness while filming. The idea of giving your heart and soul over to something that you love is at the core of the story. We’re all after something we can give our lives to, something that can help create deeper connections with each other. It’s strange to think that this tradition can do it – but that’s a reality for many in Vrontados. They live and breathe rockets, and that’s what brings them together, especially during their Easter holiday.

Its origin is unclear. One theory holds that churches on the island faked a civil war during the Turkish occupation so they could celebrate Easter without being plagued by war. Accordingly the ruse worked, as the Turks kept a safe distance, allowing the villagers to attend Easter Mass.

Chios, Greece

38.3682° N, 26.1310° E

Shot on Red, Phantom, A7s