“Writing Hello, Hello on Fire!, I was thinking about the legacies that I carry in me. Are they real? Do they come from what happened, or from how I tell the story of it? Sometimes it seems like my history is physical and sometimes it is in my head. And is there a difference between those two things? How do I release myself from a history I don’t want to keep reliving? It can get tangled and overgrown unless I live in reality. Put down the backpack full of rocks. We wanted to see physically all these spiritual bodies, the ghosts we carry from our pasts, the unhealed traumas, the stories, and the fears of other people underneath all of that. Those are the seeds that grew and transformed, aided by a mighty, creative team from the Bay Area film community, into this video.” — Josiah Johnson
Hello, Hello on Fire
How do I release myself from a history I don’t want to keep reliving?
Director: Pete Lee
Choreographer: Natasha Adorlee
(United States, 2022) 5:09 minutes