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

Founded in 2007, River Fire Films is a small video production and photography company based in Cleveland, Ohio, with a heavy focus on thought-provoking and compelling documentary films, which serve a purpose.

Chosen as a way to pay homage to our once struggling city, the name is a reference of the thirteen historical times the Cuyahoga River – which separates Cleveland’s east and west sides, caught fire due to mass pollution. It’s a narrative Cleveland (and its people) have been unable to shed, despite renewed community pride and the infancy stage of a renaissance. But, there is a symbolic meaning to the name, also – which embraces the struggle of the underdog, allowing it to be the force behind our resilience and perseverance to succeed – against all odds.

In 2013, River Fire Films released the “Rescue Version” of our first full feature documentary, Guilty ‘Til Proven Innocent (GTPI), about Ohio’s 25 year statewide breed specific restriction, which regulated “pit bull” dog ownership, and showed the effect it had on the state’s local communities. The film answers the important question:
“Do we have a dangerous dog breed problem, or just dangerous laws targeting dogs?”

It went on to be screened over 20 times in major cities around the U.S – including two official film festival selections, and backed by one of the largest national animal welfare organizations, Best Friends Animal Society. The official (re)release of the film is slated for mid-2017. Read more…

In 2016, River Fire Films added professional photography and creative writing services, too.