Heroes: Police, Fire, Military
Heroes: Police, Fire, Military
Our goal is to create greater respect and appreciation for men and women who serve in Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and the Military.
Our goal is to create greater respect and appreciation for men and women who serve in Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and the Military. Read more
Everyday, brave men and women put their lives on the line for the protection of others. Whether they're a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or member of the military, these brave souls face danger and challenges that your average person would have a difficult time imagining.
Building on the success and widespread acclaim of our first two documentary films that featured the harrowing stories of law enforcement officers, we are setting out to create a third Heroes film that will go where the first two didn’t. Our new feature-length documentary will take a look at the true stories of these brave heroes who show courage isn’t limited to our brothers in blue, but is a defining characteristic and commonality of all the heroes in law enforcement, firefighting, and the military.
To tell these incredible stories, and bring them to the largest audience possible, we need YOUR help, which is why we're launching this Kickstarter campaign to help get this third Heroes movie off the ground. Our $250,000 goal will not be enough to entirely fund the film, but it will be enough to get the project rolling so we can begin production this year.
Bravery comes with a price. It's something that those who work in public safety and the military know all too well. They start every workday with unwavering courage, all the while knowing that this could be the day they make the ultimate sacrifice. Help us create Heroes: Police, Fire, Military to pay tribute to the brave men and women who protect our communities, our country, and its people, in so many ways. Help us tell their stories, remember their sacrifices, and above all, help create greater respect and appreciation for the dangerous and difficult job that they do.
If you feel as strongly as we do that these stories need to be heard, please consider supporting our campaign and read on...
This new Heroes film project comes at a time of civil unrest in the United States and around the world. Officers are being attacked for no other reason than the fact that they're wearing a uniform. Firefighters have been ambushed as they respond to 911 calls, and military service men and women are being targeted, not on the battlefield, but right here at home.
With disputes between law enforcement officials and citizens crowding the headlines, it's easy to judge the actions of officers without knowing all of the facts or being put in their position. We watch the coverage of protests and riots and too quickly allow our opinions to be swayed by a headline, forgetting how difficult their jobs are and the sacrifices these officers make to serve and protect.
In a time when mainstream media and public figures are openly critical of American war heroes, heroes who helped defend the very freedoms these critics enjoy as US citizens, it has become clear that some Americans are losing touch with the important role our protectors play and how lucky we all are that there are still people who are willing to answer the call. Attitudes need to change, and our goal for this new film is to help do that.
Every 23 seconds, a U.S. firehouse responds to an alarm, sending brave men and women running into dangerous situations most of us have been taught to run away from, all to risk their lives for the safety of strangers. With nearly a quarter of all firefighters and a third of all law enforcement officials having served in the U.S. Armed Forces, we often do not realize and appreciate that the same people protecting our freedom abroad continue to protect us when they return home.
In 2014, 58 US soldiers died in Afghanistan and Iraq. In the US, 87 firefighters and 126 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty. Many of them were military veterans who survived conflicts overseas, only to be killed right here on the streets of America. (Sources: iCasualties.org, usfa.fema.gov, NLEOMF.org)
In the first two 'Heroes Behind The Badge' documentaries we created, we only looked at the men and women of law enforcement, and therefore, we only told part of the story.
For our new film, we would like to share the stories of law enforcement officers, firefighters, military personnel, as well as their families and friends to create an all-encompassing account of the life-threatening duties laid out in their job descriptions. Furthermore, we want to highlight the ways in which firefighters, law enforcement officers, and military personnel work together to keep their communities safe, and how they all belong to the same group of brave men and women who are willing to risk their lives for the sake of the rest of us.
This is a film that needs to be made and it needs to be made NOW. Help us remind our neighbors of the Heroes that put on a uniform every day and to remember those who have laid down their lives for the safety and protection of others.
Tell us your stories...
Do you know someone whose story we should consider featuring in our next documentary? We want to hear from you!
We're looking for powerful, emotional, heroic stories to feature in our film. Our focus is on finding stories that involve someone who has been both in the military and law enforcement or the military and firefighting or firefighting and law enforcement. If you know of anyone who has served as all three, we'd love to hear from you as well.
Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a story we should consider including in our next film.
We began the Heroes Behind The Badge documentaries in an effort to show the often over-looked and forgotten sacrifices that are made every day by the brave men and women of law enforcement. Through sharing powerful, personal, educational, and most of all, emotional, stories, we have successfully created two feature-length documentary films: Heroes Behind The Badge, and Heroes Behind The Badge: Sacrifice and Survival. (Click links to watch the trailers.)
As a way to give back and support law enforcement, we have donated 50% of net revenue from sales of our films to the non-profit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
Our films have been credited with saving a number of officer's lives and have received national and international acclaim from police chiefs, trainers, law enforcement organizations, survivor organizations as well as local, state, and federal politicians.
However, we believe there is still much more story to tell, and to do that, we need your help.
Bill worked numerous assignments and was a highly decorated member of the Miami-Dade Police Department before advancing on to Lieutenant and Commander. In 1997 Mr. Erfurth was assigned as Commander of the Tactical Narcotics Team (TNT). This unit became the most productive unit in the Miami-Dade Police Department’s history, and was recognized nationally as one of the top units in the country.
His openness to new opportunities led him to the entertainment industry when he was approached by Hollywood Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Director Michael Bay to consult on the film Bad Boys II. Since then, he has worked on a number of film and television projects including CSI Miami, and Pain and Gain, as well as several upcoming studio and independent film projects.
After working 26 years for the Miami-Dade PD, Bill retired from the department and began working in film full time. Bill is responsible for getting the highly acclaimed 'Heroes Behind The Badge' films off the ground and guiding them to nation-wide recognition. These projects quickly became a labor of love for Bill. In order to give the films the best possible chance of success and to raise the most revenue possible for the non-profit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund through sales, Bill has not drawn a salary on either of the films, working tirelessly to support the projects pro bono.
Bill currently works as a producer and technical advisor with the production company he founded, Modern City Entertainment.
Wayne Derrick is an award-winning film and television director who has worked on documentary projects throughout the world and has won two BAFTA awards – the British equivalent of the Academy Award. Wayne was born in Texas and is a 6th generation Texan, however he spent most of his broadcasting career in Britain. Throughout his 30 year career in the industry, Wayne has directed a variety of historical programs that mix dramatic reconstructions, computer graphics, and stylistic interviews. He is also known for directing successful adventure television programs, including the recent National Geographic forensic series ‘The Great American Manhunt' and PBS's Sacred Journeys episode: Lourdes, which follows soldiers from around the world who have journeyed to Lourdes, France seeking healing and unity with one another at a week-long gathering known as the International Military Pilgrimage.
Wayne is a passionate supporter of law enforcement, firefighters and the military. As the director of ‘Heroes', Wayne’s goal is to portray the true to life heroics and sacrifices of the men and women who serve as public protectors.
Emmy Award nominated actor Vincent D'Onofrio (Law & Order, Full Metal Jacket, Men in Black II, The Judge) has been the voice of the Heroes documentary film series since the beginning. D'Onofrio narrated both the 'Heroes Behind The Badge' and 'Heroes Behind The Badge: Sacrifice & Survival' films.
Vincent is not only a talented actor, but is also a passionate supporter of all our nation's heroes. He is a long-time supporter of the NLEOMF and Police Week, in Washington, DC. He is also a dedicated supporter of the law enforcement community as a whole and generously donates much of his time to support the men and women in blue.
Drew Goldsack comes to film making from a background in high performance sport. He is a two-time Olympian representing Canada at the 2006 and 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
After his retirement from competitive sport, Drew began a career in film. He joined the Heroes Behind The Badge team in 2012, shortly after production began on the first film and has been an integral part of the production team for both films. Drew has been involved in nearly every aspect of the Heroes Behind The Badge documentaries and is extensively involved with production, promotion, distribution and social media.
Our $250,000 fundraising goal will be used to get our new project off the ground and help fund much of the documentary production. There will be no film without a successful Kickstarter campaign, which is why we need YOU to make this documentary happen. The costs to make this film will exceed our $250,000 Kickstarter goal, but we're not expecting our backers to entirely fund this project, we just need help to get going.
The more money we raise, the bigger audience we can reach and therefore the more impact we can have with this film, so please help us make this the best project it can possibly be!
The film will feature stories from across America and possibly around the world. Funds raised will go to cover travel expenses, equipment rentals, hiring of crew, professional film finishing and editing, distribution, promotion, etc. These funds will also help support screenings to be held across the country once the film is complete.
We understand that everyone has different financial situations and want to make it possible for everyone to feel like they have contributed and been a part of this important project. For as little as $10 you can become a backer of Heroes: Police, Fire, Military.
By supporting our project, you'll be helping to show your support for law enforcement officers, firefighters, and members of the military. You'll also have peace of mind knowing that you did your part to help create greater respect and appreciation for all of the heroes out there who so selflessly protect their country, communities, and it's people.
If you feel as strongly as we do that these special heroes need our support NOW more than ever, please join us by supporting our campaign!
Please refer to the individual reward levels on the right of the page for more info.
We will contact you after the close of the Kickstarter campaign to collect your preference for any rewards requiring more info, eg. Sizing, DVD or Blu-ray, etc.
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GOLD EDITION- Heroes: Police, Fire, Military on DVD/Blu-ray:
For backers of $300 and up, we'll be giving out signed, limited 'Gold Edition' copies of the new movie
Risks and challenges
The project team for the 'Heroes: Police, Fire, Military' documentary is a very accomplished team of filmmakers. With numerous successful projects under our belt we are entirely confident that if we reach our Kickstarter fundraising goal we will be able to deliver a complete film sometime in late 2015 or early 2016.
One of the only real obstacles we anticipate is coordinating availability, as many of our filmmakers have other projects on the go, so we will need to try and accommodate everyone's busy schedules.
As you can imagine, coordinating interviews with the large numbers of people involved in the stories that will be featured is a monumental task. Add in the fact that these stories will likely take us across the country and around the world, and we will end up with a very expensive and logistically-challenging project. Having successfully completed two similar documentaries (The Heroes Behind The Badge doc. films) in the past two years, it's safe to say that there are not many production crews out there that are more qualified than us to successfully carry out the completion of this project and get the most out of every dollar contributed.
Our goal of $250,000 is a 'bare bones' goal that will allow us to get the project rolling and near completion, however to really reach the film's full potential, we'll need more funding than just our $250,000 ask. We have a number of plans in place to help pad the funds raised through our Kickstarter campaign but we can't stress enough that if we don't reach our Kickstarter funding goal, we will not be able to move ahead with production on this project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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