Another project found on Kickstarter.
Detroit city has a history of arson like one I’ve never heard of. As a kid, my parents would tell me how they watched the city burn during the 1967 riots from our home across the border in Windsor, Canada. Decades later when the city was trying to rebuild its core, which included condos and townhouses, I’d talk to my friends in Detroit and ask how it was going. What I remember most was people telling me that some of the new construction was being burned down. Some residents felt they were going to get pushed out from gentrification. Some people I suspect just didn’t want them there. The answer was to set the new construction ablaze.
From Devil’s Night shenanigans, general acts of mischief, revenge and the current trend of trying to get out of one’s mortgage, Detroit has an intensely high arson rate.
BURN – The Detroit Firefighter Documentary is a project in process. Borrowing lines from the makers’ Kickstarter page:
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.
Until now, no one has properly explored these issues, and these heroes, with the depth and detail they deserve.
I’d love to see this documentary completed.
For more information, or if you’d like to donate, please visit BURN: The Detroit Firefighter Documentary’s official website here.
If you’re reading this before December 1, 2011, the Kickstarter closing date for donations and would like to contribute, please visit their Kickstarter page here.