Denis Leary to Executive Produce BURN, a Documentary on Detroit Firefighters

     October 25, 2011


Denis Leary and his Rescue Me co-producer Jim Serpico are trying to raise funds for Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez‘s documentary Burn.  According to Deadline, the film centers on Detroit firefighters who struggle “with the task of saving a city many have written off.”  Leary and Serpico are trying to finish financing the movie through the crowd-funding website Kickstarter and “are offering products and experiences to entice Kickstarter donors, including a Boardwalk Empire set visit and an autographed helmet signed by the Rescue Me cast.”  The filmmakers hope to release the film into the 2012 festival season to help raise public awareness about the work and sacrifice of firefighters in these times of sever budget cuts to basic services a developed country expects.

GM and Apple have provided grants to the production and “a portion of the film’s proceeds will go The Leary Firefighters Foundation to purchase equipment for the Detroit Fire Department.”  Click here to go fund the website.  Firefighters do one of the most dangerous and essential jobs and they deserve our support.

Trailer via Kickstarter.

Here’s the official synopsis for Burn:

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.


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