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About

Because this is a truly independent documentary (not funded by a studio or network), we have been responsible for raising all the money we need to complete the film. 

Now, we are releasing it ourselves. There are tremendous costs to releasing a film, which are usually absorbed by the film's distributor. Because we are self-releasing BURN, those costs are ours: Booking, theater rental, marketing, advertising, outreach … Distributors spend millions of dollars releasing films as small as ours. But, because we have such a strong network of fans, we can do it with less. It's simple: The more we raise, the more cities we'll be able to get to.

As supporters of BURN, we need you to spread the word via e-mail, Facebook and Twitter!

BURN is an action-packed documentary, told through the eyes of Detroit firefighters, men and women who are charged with the thankless task of saving a city that many have written off. Faced with the highest arson rate in the country, and a lack of resources that leaves them ill-equipped for the job, Detroit firefighters risk injury, disablement, illness, death on each and every shift. But still they come back, day after day, resolved they can make a difference. And they do it with camaraderie and a remarkable sense of humor. BURN takes you closer than you’ve ever been — into the fires and into the lives of the men who fight them, exploring human struggles, hope, and personal courage in the face of overwhelming odds.

BURN isn’t just about Detroit firefighters. It’s about all national first responders, whose budgets are on the chopping block. It’s about the people you hope will make it to YOUR house when there’s a fire.

BURN is not fully funded for release. With your help, we can get BURN finished and in front of a wide audience, who can change the conversation for this country’s first responders.

Take a look at our two-minute trailer, above. Check out some of our other videos at detroitfirefilm.org, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

If you agree this important story needs to be seen by a wide audience, pledge now!

Produced & Directed by Tom Putnam & Brenna Sanchez. Executive Producers Denis Leary & Jim Serpico (Apostle, "Rescue Me.") 

Risks and challenges

BURN has been a long, challenging and unique filmmaking experience, every step of the way. Our industry (the film industry) told us there was no audience for a firefighter documentary. Ha! (That's what we said.) And you agreed with us. With the support of fans like you, we have overcome tremendous hurdles. Distributors can spend millions of dollars marketing and releasing a film as small as ours, and no one will ever see it. But because we're directly connected with our audience — YOU! — we feel we can get BURN out in a meaningful way for much, much less. With the support of MSA, we're currently doing test screenings to refine the process for renting theaters, advertising, and getting butts in seats. This self release is a pioneering model, but we're working diligently to ensure it goes well!

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    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    A digital download of TOO HOT FOR BURN — 80 minutes of intense firefighting outtakes that we couldn't fit into the film!

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    Custom BURN / MSA V-Guard hard hat. One of a kind, limited production, custom BURN hard hat — Black with fiery BURN graphics, from our friends at MSA! + Your name in the credits on the DVD!

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    Official, limited edition BURN movie poster! (27"x39." Shipping $6 US, $11 Intl.) + Your name in the credits on the DVD!

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    You'll receive a digital download of BURN before it's available for sale! (Running time 86 mins.) + Your name in the credits on the DVD!

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    Digital DOUBLE FEATURE! You'll receive a digital download of BURN before it's available for sale! PLUS a digital download of TOO HOT FOR BURN — 80 minutes of intense firefighting outtakes that we couldn't fit into the film! + Your name in the credits on the DVD!

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    You'll receive the BURN DVD with special DVD extras before it's available for sale! (Running time 86 mins. Shipping $6 US, $11 Intl.) + Your name in the credits on the DVD!

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    DVD DOUBLE FEATURE! You'll receive the BURN DVD with special DVD extras before it's available for sale PLUS a DVD of TOO HOT FOR BURN — 80 minutes of intense firefighting outtakes that didn't make it into the film. (Running time 86 mins. Shipping $6 US, $11 Intl.) + Your name in the credits on the DVD!

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    The FULL BURN package! BURN DVD with special DVD extras before it's available for sale + a DVD of TOO HOT FOR BURN + a BURN T-shirt. (Shipping $6 US, $11 Intl.) + Your name in the credits on the DVD!

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    IN HONOR OF: We’ll add a dedication and a photo of the firefighter in your life or someone you’d like to honor in the special gallery on our website + BURN DVD with special DVD extras before it's available for sale. (Dedications will post by November. Shipping $6 US, $11 Intl.) + Your name in the credits on the DVD!

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    Official, limited edition BURN movie poster, signed by Denis Leary! Perfect for your house or the firehouse! (27"x39." Shipping $6 US, $11 Intl.) + BURN DVD with special DVD extras before it's available for sale. + Your name in the credits on the DVD!

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    DENIS LEARY BOOK PACKAGE: One (1) autographed copy of "Why We Suck" + one (1) autographed copy of Denis' brand new book "Merry F@#ing Christmas" + BURN DVD with special DVD extras before it's available for sale. (Shipping $6 US, $11 Intl.) + Your name in the credits on the DVD!

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    FEO Dave Parnell will cook his famous fried chicken for you and a friend! (In Detroit. Travel and lodging not included.) + BURN DVD with special DVD extras before it's available for sale. + Your name in the credits on the DVD!

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    One (1) Cairns 1044 traditional style helmet (any standard color) with Defender goggles and custom BURN shield! + BURN DVD with special DVD extras before it's available for sale. + Your name in the credits on the DVD!

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    RESCUE ME PACKAGE: The complete series of "Rescue Me" on DVD + the pilot script of "Rescue Me" autographed by Denis Leary + BURN DVD with special DVD extras before it's available for sale. (Shipping $6 US, $11 Intl.)

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    COMICS COME HOME - VIP Package - Nov. 17th @ The Agganis Arena in Boston, MA. Two (2) Premium Tickets + passes to the after party + two (2) CCH T-Shirts (sizes may vary). Comics Performing: Denis Leary, Tom Papa, Greg Fitzsimmons, Lenny Clarke, Adam Ferrara, Don Gavin, Darrell Hammond + more! (tix will be mailed via Fedex after Nov 2nd)

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    One (1) Cairns N5A New Yorker leather helmet (any standard color) with custom BURN shield. Please allow up to 4 months for delivery. + BURN DVD with special DVD extras before it's available for sale. + Your name in the credits on the DVD!

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    The Firehouse Challenge! (8) BURN DVDs with special DVD extras before it's available for sale + (8) DVDs of TOO HOT FOR BURN + (8) BURN T-shirts + (2) limited-edition 27"x39" movie posters! (Shipping $20 US, $30 Intl.) + Your department or company name in the credits on the DVD!

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    Two (2) SECOND ROW Floor Seats to see THE WHO in concert! Nov. 16th @ TD Garden in Boston, MA! (tix will be mailed via Fedex after Nov 2nd)

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    Two (2) FRONT ROW Floor Seats to see THE WHO in concert! Nov. 16th @ TD Garden in Boston, MA! (tix will be mailed via Fedex after Nov 2nd)

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    Your screenplay or series pitch will be read and reviewed by the team at Denis Leary and Jim Serpico's production company, APOSTLE. You'll receive a full set of development notes that will cover the major story issues of structure, character, motivation, and drama. You'll get a personal 30 minute phone call from our favorite badass, Jim Serpico, to discuss the notes and help you strategize how to get your project made. If your project is beyond awesome, Denis Leary will star in it.* (*Additional fees will apply.)

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    Become an official BURN corporate sponsor!
    Your company's logo on the PARTNERS page of the BURN website; Your company's name listed in the film's end credits. PLUS scheduled posts on BURN's Facebook page and Twitter! (*If you want even more exposure for your company, please e-mail us detroitfirefilm@gmail.com)

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Funding period

- (37 days)