Synopsis: Inspired by true and harrowing events, On Fire tells the story of an ordinary man (Peter Facinelli) that finds his world suddenly torn apart as devastating wildfires rip through the surrounding countryside. With precious moments ticking by, he must flee with his son (Asher Angel) and pregnant wife (Fiona Dourif) if they have any hope of surviving the rapid forces of mother nature.
Experience the Heat of “On Fire”: A Thrilling Call to Action by Award-Winning Filmmaker Nick Lyon
Lyon’s passion for “On Fire” began as a flicker of inspiration during a camping trip with his sons in 2017. The harrowing concept of being surrounded by a ferocious forest fire sparked the idea to create a movie that captures the intensity of surviving amidst this catastrophic blaze. The result is a film that delivers a visceral experience, combining Lyon’s trademark style of high-concept action with captivating storytelling.
“As a film director, ‘On Fire’ is one of the technical accomplishments I am most proud of,” Lyon shared. “To make a film that delves into the calamity and terror of surviving a forest fire is no small feat. I knew I needed to devise a style that could portray the fiery chaos without burning down entire forests or breaking the bank. This film allowed me to focus on the family’s journey and their fight for survival amidst the inferno.”
Lyon’s prowess in lower-budget, high-concept action and disaster genres shines in “On Fire.” Employing a unique blend of lighting techniques, fog and smoke, real fire, and visual effects, he creates a visually stunning experience that immerses audiences in the heart of the fiery chaos. The film’s gripping narrative co-written with Lyon by Ron Peer, is propelled by the tale of the Laughlin Family, a relatable all-American working-class unit facing the imminent loss of everything they hold dear due to the encroaching flames.
“Survival films like ‘On Fire’ are vital stories to tell, especially as forest fires threaten landscapes worldwide,” Lyon emphasized. “We need to be reminded of the power of nature and our responsibility to protect it.”
The film doesn’t stop at showcasing the family’s struggle; it also pays homage to the valiant first responders who battle forest fires. Lyon and Peer’s unique approach highlights the perspective of a novice 911 operator, played by the talented Ashlei Foushee, adding depth and nuance to the film’s narrative.
“At the tail end of physical production, I contracted Covid, leaving me unable to complete the film,” Lyon revealed. “But with all ingredients in place, Peter Facinelli, who had a deep understanding of his character and understood my vision, stepped in as a director, successfully guiding the project to its completion for the last days.”
“On Fire” is a blazing call to action that raises awareness about the escalating threat of forest fires. With compelling storytelling and a visually stunning portrayal of disaster and survival, Lyon’s creation is more than just a film; it’s a wake-up call to respect the power of nature.
About Nick Lyon:
Nick Lyon, an accomplished American/German filmmaker, has garnered recognition for his work across genres including horror, action, war, and thrillers. Renowned for his atmospheric style and intense narratives, Lyon combines powerful performances with innovative camera angles, visual effects, and sound design to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. His most recent triumph, “On Fire,” co-written, directed, and produced by Lyon, showcases his ability to craft gripping stories that resonate with global audiences.
Lyon and co-director Faccinelli’s “On Fire” stars Peter Facinelli, Fiona Dourif, Asher Angel, and Lance Henriksen, presenting a riveting tale of a family’s escape from a forest fire that threatens to consume their lives and home. This film stands as a testament to Lyon’s commitment to bringing awareness to the pressing issue of wildfires worldwide.