"How the Fire Fell is a dark, tragic, semi-silent study of the activities and atmosphere of a religious cult and it's effects upon the families involved. Inspired by true events that took place in Corvallis Oregon between 1903-1906, the film Chronicles the rise and fall of the Brides of Christ sect headed by Charismatic Preacher Edmund Creffield (Joe Haege). The film utilizes a quiet 'fly on the wall' approach, maintaining a sense of mystery and wonder throughout."
"But it’s Davee and DP Scott Ballard who are the stars of “How the Fire Fell,” and the reason it’s worth seeking if and when it receives some sort of proper distribution. That’s not to leave out the excellent work by Haege who does double duty as composer, often conjuring elements of the creepy string sections of Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind’s score for Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.” The look of the film, with its austere high contrast black and white photography and tunnel vision lens effects, could be the cinematographic love child of “The White Ribbon” and “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” if you’re able to imagine such a thing. The camera is constantly trying to keep Haege in frame, implying nothing could box in such a passionate man." IndieWire