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Riddle of Fire

Directed by Weston Razooli
Produced by Analeigh Tipton, Weston Razooli, David Atrakchi, and Sohrab Mirmont
Written by Weston Razooli
With: Analeigh Tipton, Charles Halford, Charlie Stover, Skyler Peters, Phoebe Ferro, Lorelei Olivia Mote, Andrea Browne, Rachel Browne, Weston Razooli, Austin Archer, Danielle Hoetmer, Chuck Marra, Colleen Baum, Lonzo Liggins, and Kent Richards
Cinematography: Jake L. Mitchell
Editing: Weston Razooli
Runtime: 115 min
Release Date: 22 March 2024
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Color: Color

Weston Razooli's debut feature is the delightful and comedic story of three ragamuffin kids who embark on an odyssey when their sick mother won't let them play video games until they've completed a task for her. This is not a film that starts in "the real world" and traverses into fantasy; the material/imaginative hybrid environment of this picture is present from the opening sequence in which the kids steal the latest video game system from a warehouse to the final scene in which they return home. Shooting on grainy anamorphic 16mm film, Razooli and cinematographer Jake Mitchell create a rural world of magic and monsters, forests and cottages, gas stations and supermarkets, pick-up trucks and dive bars. Everything in the film exists within the internal logic and understanding of its young protagonists. They are wonderfully played by Charlie Stover and Skyler Peters as brothers Hazel and Jodie A'Dale, and Phoebe Ferro as their neighborhood pal Alice. This trio rides around on dirt bikes with make-shift weapons with which to get into mischief and fend off challengers. Over the course of their adventure, they must evade kidnapping by poachers, outwit a huntsman, confront a witch, befriend a fairy, and escape the mysterious lair of some creatures of the night—all of these characters being as credibly Earthly and ordinary as they are supernatural.

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Weston Razooli blends elements of classic fairy-tails, modern video games, cinematic references ranging from Return to Witch Mountain to Cannibal Holocaust, and the summer memories of most rural Gen-X childhoods to create a truly original indie movie about the blissful bonds of young friendship.