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This is it: The LAST step to get BURN into more theaters! The more we raise, the more cities we can get to! Read more

Detroit, MI Documentary
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Funding Canceled

Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on October 26, 2012.

This is it: The LAST step to get BURN into more theaters! The more we raise, the more cities we can get to!

Detroit, MI Documentary
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About this project

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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  • Kickstarter is a website designed to help raise financing for creative projects and employs a unique all-or-nothing fundraising method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands.

    For more info, click here: http://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/kickstarter%20basics#WhatIsKick

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  • Denis Leary and Jim Serpico ("Rescue Me," Apostle Films) are executive producers of the film. They have come on to help fundraise and promote the film, so we can raise the money we need! While they are generous with their time and efforts, they are not taking a fee, and not making a profit. In fact, a percentage of any profits from the film will go to the Leary Firefighters Foundation, specifically to buy gear for the Detroit Fire Department.

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  • The Leary Firefighters Foundation was established in 2000 in response to a tragic fire in Worcester, Massachusetts that claimed the lives of Denis’ cousin, a childhood friend, and four other firefighters. The Leary Firefighters Foundation’s mission is to provide funding and resources for Fire Departments to obtain the best available equipment, technology and training. Read more about the Leary Firefighters Foundation here: http://learyfirefighters.org/

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  • 1. Make a pledge today via Kickstarter! Please check out the donation tiers to your right to find the level and gift that’s right for you! 2. Spread the word! Join our legion of fans by telling your friends, family and social networks about our Kickstarter campaign. Please send the URL of this page with a heartfelt endorsement to everyone you know!

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  • Yes! That’s a great idea! Once the project is funded, we will follow up with you and get the name of the person you’re gifting to.

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  • YES! Once you donate to our campaign, you absolutely can increase your pledge amount or change your incentive. To do so, sign in to Kickstarter. Go to our campaign page and click the blue “Manage Your Donation” button. There, you can enter a new amount, or choose a new incentive.

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  • YES! Kickstarter will allow you to donate as much money as is pledged before the deadline. And you know what? The more money we get the MORE THEATERS we can play in!

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  • Nothing happens! If our goal isn’t met before the deadline, no money changes hands and we risk not being able to have a wide release. We want to avoid this at all cost!

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  • You can contact us directly at detroitfirefilm@gmail.com. It may take us a minute, but we will get back to you!

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  • Incentives will only happen if our goal is met. If we meet our goal, we will start to manufacture and ship all physical incentives directly to you. Any digital incentives will go out ASAP.

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  • Your money goes directly to the wide release of this film! Every penny (minus the percentages that Kickstarter and Amazon take) will go directly to putting BURN into theaters and getting BURN on DVD.

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  • TOM PUTNAM: DIRECTOR/PRODUCER Tom Putnam’s short films and features have played over 400 film festivals, from Sundance to Cannes, and have been released worldwide. His many projects for PBS include the critically-acclaimed documentary featureMarwencol (as producer), winner of the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival and recipient of two Independent Spirit Awards. Other credits include the documentary Red White Black & Blue for the Emmy-winning PBS series “Independent Lens.” His short films include Broadcast 23, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and Tom Hits His Head, one of the most widely seen short films of all time. He also was named “One of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmakermagazine. He is a graduate of USC with degrees in Cinematic Arts and Journalism.BRENNA SANCHEZ: PRODUCER/DIRECTOR Detroit native Brenna Sanchez is a documentary filmmaker specializing in music, adventure and cultural projects. She got her start in as a writer and editor for the award-winning magazines Orbit, Hour Detroit, andRaygun. Her filmography includes Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues and The Cool Schoolfor PBS, The Highwaymen, and SEARCH AND DESTROY: Iggy & The Stooges’ RAW POWER. Her 2008 project, Johnny Cash’s America, was nominated for a 2010 GRAMMY Award. DENIS LEARY: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Denis Leary is a five-time Emmy nominee and the star of the critically acclaimed FX series "Rescue Me" about the lives of New York firefighters. He is also the founder and president of The Leary Firefighters Foundation, which provides funding and equipment to fire departments throughout the United States. Leary has acted in over 40 movies, including The Ref, Wag the Dog, Ice Age and the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man. His most recent book, Why We Suck, spent six months on the New York Times Bestseller List. JIM SERPICO: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Jim Serpico is an Executive Producer on "Rescue Me". He co-founded the production company Apostle in 1994 with Denis Leary. The company produced the feature film Blow for New Line Cinema, as well as the Sundance Film Festival entries, Monument Ave. directed by Ted Demme and Double Whammy directed by Tom DiCillo. Serpico has a long list of Executive Producer credits for Comedy Central, including the Lewis Black special, "Red State Diaries" and the network’s Roast franchise.

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    Pledge $15 or more
    About $15 USD

    21 backers

    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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    About $30 USD

    20 backers

    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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    Pledge $35 or more
    About $35 USD

    22 backers

    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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    Pledge $45 or more
    About $45 USD

    34 backers

    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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    About $50 USD

    31 backers

    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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    Pledge $65 or more
    About $65 USD

    55 backers

    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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    Pledge $95 or more
    About $95 USD

    22 backers

    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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    About $125 USD

    3 backers

    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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    About $175 USD

    13 backers Limited (7 left of 20)

    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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    2 backers Limited (18 left of 20)

    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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    3 backers Limited (2 left of 5)

    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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    3 backers Limited (17 left of 20)

    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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    About $500 USD

    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    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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    About $575 USD

    0 backers

    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

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