Synopsis: Mecoy–a tattooed, chain-smoking loner– has little reason to go on. More and more since her miscarriage ten months prior, the days are long. And now Winter blankets the border town of Southern Vermont.
When her ex Gabe returns, Mecoy reluctantly meets him in an old diner. A blue-collar lumberjack harboring an internal violence, Gabe tells her of a strange blue light he saw in Covenant Woods. Suffering from severe PTSD, Gabe begs Mecoy to return with him, so he can show her something he found in the forest.
Mecoy refuses, and the two part. Yet Mecoy’s feelings for Gabe still linger.
Journeying with Gabe to his uncle’s cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Mecoy follows him deep into the woods to a gnarled oak. Between its branches, a human-sized cocoon hangs suspended. Somehow, Gabe tells her, he is a part of it now. Frightened, Mecoy returns to the cabin, but a snowstorm forces her to stay. That night, Gabe falls ill and Mecoy tends to him. The next morning he is gone.
Venturing back into Covenant Woods, Mecoy discovers the cocoon broken apart and Gabe shivering naked. But is he still the man she once loved? Or something else…
Nick Ronan (Gabe)
At heart, BLUE FiRE is a dark modern fairy tale about rebirth.
What is SCI-FI and fantastical in the film is rooted in the natural world. We begin in a gritty blue-collar town at the edge of nowhere.
Winter and the snowy forests are characters here…
Addiction and loneliness familiar companions…
And the loss of love and its search the only worthy pursuit.
For our two damaged heroes, a spell greater than themselves seems to force them to come crashing back into each other’s lives like opposing tornadoes.
I’m fascinated by how people are always changing and evolving into the next version of themselves. Every year, 98 percent of our atoms are replaced. Every seven years, trillions of our cells die and regenerate. We are biologically in a constant state of metamorphosis. But people change in other ways too.
As a child my love of monsters, aliens, myths and the undiscovered mysteries of our world fueled the early dark musings of my imagination. The film is part a retelling of Kafka’s Metamorphosis. Part inspired by Fire in the Sky, the film adaptation of Travis Walton’s alien abduction story. Part my own sense of metamorphosis from past versions of myself, much like stepping out of an exoskeleton into new skin, and part a piece written for collaboration between myself and actress Erica Camarano for us to explore more dangerous work and primal characters as actors.
BLUE FiRE poses a central question:
If someone you loved came back into your life, and you were the only one who could help them, but they had hurt you deeply…. What would you do?
Nick Ronan is an award-winning storyteller. As a writer and filmmaker, he has earned multiple accolades for his short films “Vinyl Underground” and “The Secret Nobody Knows,” including a Director’s Circle Award (Poppy Jasper International Film Festival), and a Best Dramatic Writing Award (Blackbird Film Festival). His films have screened across the U.S. and internationally.
Nick’s breakout performance on stage as Danny in “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea” earned him an IRNE nomination for Best Actor. He has appeared in three Tennessee Williams World Premieres and in numerous independent films. Some of his television credits include “Godfather of Harlem” (Epix), “Suspicion” (Apple TV+) and Season 3 (now filming) of “Power Book III: Raising Kanan” on Starz.
Nick is the founder and Creative Director of A Night of Fireflies Productions. He holds a B.A. double major in Acting and Film from Emerson College. His first feature film, “Apollo Minus Project,” is currently in development.