River Fire Films

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” ~ Rumi

About River Fire Films

Established in 2007, River Fire Films is a small digital media company based in Cleveland, Ohio with a focus on bringing audiences unique and compelling stories about complex topics with the purpose of advancing dialogue through original full feature documentary films, promotional videos, podcasting, and photography.

River Fire Films also offers for-hire consumer and corporate videography services.

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Meet Jeff Theman

My name is Jeff Theman, and I am the human behind River Fire Films. For over 45 years there has been two primary constants in my life – an inherent love for dogs and art.

From the moment I was able to pick up a pencil and put it to paper, I knew I’d spend the rest of my life expressing myself through creativity. One form of artistic expression led to another, and then another, and so on and so forth.

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Born in 2019 and founded on the premise that society needs a reminder to always stay kind, Compassion Fatigues attempts to redefine what it means to be a soldier. It takes an incredible amount of courage to show so much heart, and not fall victim to tribalism or the ‘us versus them’ mentality.

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Documentary FILMS

Browse our film productions – which includes background of project, trailers and other associated media.

Featured Film



“2 Miles” Concept Trailer

“Two Miles” is a true crime documentary thriller, exposing how lack of resources and reinvestment opportunities contribute to the further decline of already vulnerable neighborhoods.

For over 120 years, Cleveland’s Train Avenue has existed virtually unchanged. Tucked away in a valley out of plain eyesight, this two mile stretch of road is notoriously known as the illegal garbage dumping spot in the city where tons of trash are routinely discarded without repercussion.

This lack of enforcement has invited nefarious characters the opportunity to carry out and commit other crimes – including burglaries, rapes and homicides without fear of getting caught.

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The inaugural season of “I AM HUMAN. THIS IS MY DOG.” is out now!

“I Am Human. This Is My Dog” podcast

Available on these Platforms:
Amazon Music | Anchor | Apple Podcasts
Google Podcasts | iHeartRadio | Pandora | Pocket Casts
Radio Public | Spotify | Stitcher

Introducing the “I Am Human. This Is My Dog.” podcast – the show devoted to putting the individual back into the dog, as well as their human, while also examining difficult, and oftentimes controversial, animal welfare related topics that have been largely ignored, but are critical for real progress.

In this inaugural season, I recount my time as an aspiring filmmaker, whose directorial debut documentary film was intended on examining dogfighting in the immediate aftermath of the 2007 Michael Vick case, but took a detour after meeting a dog named Preston.

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Check out our for-hire consumer and corporate services.

Featured Service


Petumentaries | “The Wendy Effect” (P004)
If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many is a video worth?

Pets give us unconditional love, loyalty and companionship and we benefit tremendously by sharing our homes and lives with them. They are more than just animals – they are family, who often make us better human beings – physically, mentally and emotionally. 

So, when we lose them to old age and/or illness, we find solace in our home videos, photographs and other items to remember them by. This is the foundation for how this service – “PETUMENTARIES” by River Fire Films, was created, making it an invaluable investment for anyone who has ever loved, and been loved by, a pet.

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Browse our photography prints of landscapes, cityscapes, wildlife and more, available for purchase.

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“A Love Story” Perk

Through photographs of memories, Patrons get the story about a once-in-a-lifetime human-canine fairy-tale one still image at a time.

*Delivered the 2nd and 4th Monday.

In order to understand the present and future, we must first know the past. Patrons receive the history behind the projects we produce.

*Delivered the 1st and 3rd Friday.

Ever wonder how a film or video gets made? Patrons receive exclusive access of the creative process of current River Fire Films projects.

*Delivered the 15th of each month.

Exclusive Offer

Get 23% Off Your Purchase

Who doesn’t like a discount? Book an appointment for any length PETUMENTARY video services before March 31, 2023, and receive an exclusive offer of 23% off to kick off 2023!