Smoke to Premiere at the 2016 Sun Valley Film Festival, Sponsored by Silver Creek Writers Residency

Silver Creek Writers Residency is thrilled to announce that our 2015 screenwriting fellow, Cody Gittings–along with co-director Stephen Heleker–will premiere their film Smoke at the 2016 Sun Valley Film Festival. Smoke was adapted from Boise author Alan Heathcock’s short story collection Volt, a Whiting Award-winning book and New York Times Editor’s Choice selection.

Smoke Poster

Heathcock will join Gittings and Heleker for a discussion about the adaptation to follow the screening. The event will be part of the Gem State Salute series at the nexStage Theater in Ketchum, free and open to the public, on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 7:00 PM. The Airstream Food Trailer will be on site taking meals on wheels to a new level. A filmmaker reception will follow at nexStage Theater.

About Smoke

Smoke Smoke

Smoke is a film co-written and directed by Cody Gittings and Stephen Heleker, adapted from the short story by award-winning author Alan Heathcock. Smoke is the harsh and beautiful story of a young man and his father, their last moments together and the rending of the illusions that stand between them. It is a story of generational inheritance. Vernon Hamby—the son—wakes up one ordinary morning to hear his wounded father outside his window asking for help. Vernon’s father has killed a man in a fight over the trivial territory of a narrow country road, and he enlists Vernon to help him move and destroy the body. Vernon comes to see the smoke-filled air of the dry countryside as the remnants of the Great War from which his father recently returned, and the war that his own generation would face.

 About Alan Heathcock

Alan Heathcock

Alan Heathcock’s Volt was a “Best Book” selection by numerous newspapers and magazines,including GQPublishers WeeklySalonChicago Tribune, and Cleveland Plain Dealer. Volt was also named as a New York Times Editors’ Choice and selected as a Barnes and Noble Best Book of the Month as well as a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Prize. Heathcock has won several awards including a Whiting Award, the GLCA Writers Award and a National Magazine Award. He’s also been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Lannan Foundation and the Idaho Commission on the Arts.

About Cody Gittings

Cody Gittings is a freelance videographer and filmmaker from Boise. He’s been creating visual media since he first picked up a camera in grade school, producing content ranging from short films and music videos to commercials for web, television, and beyond. In 2013, he launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his short film, Smoke, based on the story by award-winning author Alan Heathcock, which successfully raised nearly $22,000 for production. Gittings has collaborated with the Treefort Music Festival, producing Filmfort twice as part of Treefort. He is also writing a new short screenplay and developing an experimental web series.

About Stephen Heleker 

Stephen grew up in Payette, Idaho and attended Boise State University, where he majored in Philosophy, Communication, and English. After college, Stephen worked as a video producer—often collaborating with Cody Gittings—in an attempt to build filmmaking skills. These efforts culminated in the collaboration with Cody Gittings and Alan Heathcock on “Smoke.” Stephen is currently a MFA Directing student at UCLA and plans to direct his first feature film in 2017.

To watch the film trailer and for more information, please visit