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BURN is a feature documentary about Detroit, told through the eyes of its firefighters.

BURN is a documentary about Detroit, told through the eyes of its firefighters, who risk their lives to save a city that many have written off as dead. Detroit firefighters have a front-line look at issues many American cities are just beginning to face. Along with the foreclosure boom, arson fires in Detroit have skyrocketed. The reasons vary: Homeowners desperate to get out from under mortgages, gangs and drug dealers out for revenge, bored teens failed by the education system. The end result is a city struggling to cope with one of the highest per capita arson and fire rates in the world.

Every shift, Detroit firefighters face injury, disablement, illness, death. 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.  We have embedded with firefighters of the DFD and are following the Detroit story through their eyes. Our film explores human struggles, hope and personal courage in the face of overwhelming odds.

Until now, no one has properly explored these issues, and these heroes, with the depth and detail they deserve.

BURN is produced and directed by Tom Putnam & Brenna Sanchez. Executive Producers Denis Leary & Jim Serpico ("Rescue Me," Apostle Films)

What We’re Doing

We’re raising money to finish the documentary! The film is 95% shot, and 70% funded. We need to meet (or beat) our fundraising goal to cover post-production costs to finish the film in time for a festival premiere in Spring 2012. After that, the film stands to follow the path of our previous documentaries: Theatrical release, DVD and broadcast.

Why We’re Doing It

We started the project in December 2008, after the death of Detroit firefighter Walter Harris, who perished fighting an arson fire in an abandoned house. Everyone can agree — public safety is a national and local priority. But fire, police and EMS across the nation are struggling with intense budget cuts to gear and manpower. Although our film is about the Detroit Fire Department, the DFD faces issues that can now be found in nearly every major American city. Our goal is to share their story so that everyone can appreciate and value their first responders, no matter where they live.

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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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  • TBD! It’s nerve wracking, but that’s the way independent film works! Here’s how it goes: We submit to film festivals for Spring 2012, but won’t know for a while which festival will choose BURN for its premiere. As it stands, a theatrical roll out should follow in late Summer 2012, with DVD to follow. Rest assured, the film will be released, and we will make sure you know about it!

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  • Nothing happens! If our goal isn’t met before the deadline, no money changes hands and we risk not finishing the movie in time. We want to avoid this at all cost!

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  • YES! Kickstarter will allow you to donate as much money as is pledged before the deadline. And you know what? EVERY PENNY will go into the film — music licensing, marketing, promotion, additional screenings — everything to move the film forward. It's all incredibly expensive, but it'll all go into the film.

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  • You can contact us directly at detroitfirefilm2@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 funding of this film! Every penny (minus the percentages that Kickstarter and Amazon take) will go directly to the BURN finishing budget — editing, music licensing, color correction, sound mixing. Anything we raise above our goal will go toward marketing, promoting and screenings for the film.

    $80,000 is just a portion of our total funding for the film. Donors like GM, Apple, Cinereach and MSA have already contributed to the film. And we are still out to investors to raise the remaining funds. Frankly, $80,000 is what we felt we could raise on Kickstarter to lighten our remaining balance. Anything that comes in above that will just keep us out of debt!!

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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 feature Marwencol (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 Filmmaker magazine. 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, and Raygun. Her filmography includes Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues and The Cool School for 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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