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Detroit Engine 50 “striking the $pecial”

BURN: One Year on the Frontlines of the Battle to Save Detroit

BURN is a documentary about Detroit, told through the eyes of Detroit firefighters, the men and women on the front lines, charged with the thankless task of saving a city — and an American Dream — that many have written off as dead.

Located on Detroit’s blighted east side, Engine Company 50 is one of the busiest firehouses in the United States. Every day, these firefighters face injury, disablement, chronic illness, death. They’re using outdated equipment and working for a meager wage.

The skeleton fire crews left in this crumbling American city don’t deny that its sick, but they cant view it as terminal, either. The media has swarmed on the city, sensationalizing its decay. But, until now, no one has properly explored the city and its people with the depth and detail they deserve.

BURN Trailer from Tremolo Productions on Vimeo.

From the crew:

We shot this teaser in 5 days last fall … Distributors and networks are interested. But these things take time, and Detroit’s story is happening NOW.

We need to raise the money ourselves to get back there and start shooting the actual documentary as soon as possible!

Please support and share this important project. Visit and make a TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation.

**You’re welcome to embed the video on your website, but please credit it and encourage people to support the project. We’re still fundraising. Thank you!**

For more info:

Brenna Sanchez
Tom Putnam

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