Visions in the Fire

: Documentary Feature
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: Post-Production


Urban Native American glass artist Preston Singletary redefines his identity and reconnects with his Alaskan roots while we parallel his rise in the world of art as the creative catalyst for a new cultural evolution.


We explore the journey of urban glass artist Preston Singletary as his search for identity leads back to his Tlingit roots in Alaska. Our film highlights his collaborations and unique gift for making the spiritual tangible while vitally contributing to Native American representation in the worlds of art and music.


Although our documentary style approach will be traditional, we will be foregrounding a personal journey that is a search for identity and meaning with the universal search for recognition and representation. This heroes journey will be personified by Preston specifically and will parallel the experience of many Pacific Coast Native Americans. Interviews and reflections will be juxtaposed with verité imagery from our journey along with animated and graphical elements, original music with the stunning visual imagery of Preston’s art, the sometimes imposing urban landscapes of boom town Seattle and the unspoiled wilderness and charming townships of Sika and Juneau Alaska.


Michael Kleven - Director/Cinematographer

Kleven’s creative career began with work in theater, radio and photography He has produced successful video and film projects for a number of Northwest artists and business owners. He is especially proud of his work as a cinematographer and location sound recordist. He enjoys working with many of the young and innovative directors who hone their craft in the Pacific Northwest. He brings an artist's eye to his work as a photographer for portraits, events and natural subjects. He combines creativity, an artistic sensibility and a clear focus on technical elements for superb media. His clients include work with Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon, ABC Television and the Discovery Channel.

Elke Hautala - Producer/Editor

Filmmaker, host, media creator - Elke Hautala is a creative professional with a dedicated positive attitude and a myriad of experience in the entertainment industry. With a background that includes work as both a performer and an administrative professional for companies such as 20th Century Fox and Starbucks, Elke has now parlayed her unique skill set into a filmmaking career that includes special interest interviews, oral histories and international documentary work. A Mary Gates grant recipient/scholar and an award winning creative non-fiction writer, she has a passion for the intersections between art, performance, history and gender studies. Her goal is to connect the world through visual storytelling. She has been honored to receive a 2017 GAP Grant from Artist Trust and a 2018 City Artist Grant from the City of Seattle for her work with Michael Kleven and Heartstone Studios.

John W. Comerford - Executive Producer

John W. Comerford is President of Paradigm Studio, an independent motion picture production company based in the Pacific Northwest. Recently, he produced the four-star (iTunes) documentary feature film and series entitled Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense. The next step for John is the release of the critically acclaimed Wallflower (Variety), a true-to-life story based on events surrounding a mass-shooting framed in Seattle's electronic dance music community. He co-wrote and co-produced the award winning Around the Fire (Giffoni Film Festival, Best Picture) that has been distributed worldwide. The picture is a music-driven drama, centered on issues of adolescent experimentation. Distributors and exhibitors of Mr. Comerford's work include Showtime, Starz/Encore, Public Television, Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, Amazon, Cannes Film Market, Seattle International Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, South By Southwest Film Festival and EuroArts. In addition, his work has been exhibited and supported by institutions such as The Smithsonian, Jazz at Lincoln Center, President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities and presented in Hollywood as part of AFI Fest's opening night red carpet.


Connect With The Filmmakers:


The Gotham Film & Media Institute - Fiscal Sponsorship Program 2021
2018 City Artist Grant from the Office of Arts & Culture in Seattle, WA


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