What happens when you augment a Detroit firefighter's helmet with a Contour HD helmet camera? Well, for starters you gain a new appreciation for the risks these brave men and women face, as well as destructive beauty of the flame. Check out this amazing footage from the upcoming documentary "BURN: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit." [vimeo http://vimeo.com/20654186]
Filmmaker Tom Putnam has set his sights pretty high on this project, aiming to capture a sense of Detroit's current struggle for survival in the wake of crime, foreclosures, poverty, white flight, racial strife and arson:
Once the proud center of the American industrial machine - its cars gleamed, its culture was rich, its future boundless. Now, it is an omen, a ghost of America's future. No one understands this better than the people literally putting out the fires, battling every day in an uncertain war. BURN is a character-driven documentary about Detroit, told through the eyes of Detroiters who are on the front lines, trying to rescue and rebuild it. BURN will follow the firefighters, the men and women charged with the thankless task of saving a city that many have written off as dead. We'll also look at the educators, the reformers, the activists, the enthusiasts - those who have the vision and the heart to bring a forgotten American dream back to Detroit.
The filmmakers are still trying to shore up enough funding to complete the project. You can find out more at the official BURN website.
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