Tonight was the LA Premiere of a film that is very near and dear to my heart. The film was made by two of my friends and it is about my hometown of Detroit. This film is called Burn: A Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit.
This is a documentary on the lives of the firefighters in Detroit. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry and it will open your eyes to what is really going on in our own country in terms of budget cuts made by politicians and how those cuts affect the working class. I cried several times throughout the film. It also made me a little homesick–with everyone drinking Vernors and talking about going to eat at National Coney Island.
At the premiere, I had the chance to spend some time with the firefighters who are featured in the film. They flew out to LA just to be there for the Grauman’s Egyptian Theater premiere. We all reveled in what a small world it is. One firefighter, “Doogie,” went to school in the same school district and graduated a year after me. It turns out that we used to hang out at the same places and were probably there at the same time. Another firefighter, Dave Miller, lives fairly close to my older brother. After seeing this film, I feel like I know them, like they are family. I received several hugs from Dave Parnell, a retired Detroit firefighter, that evening, just because I am a Detroit native and I support this film.
It opens this Friday in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Noho 7 in North Hollywood. This film will change your lives and it may even just change the way you vote next Tuesday. Check out the Burn website for more information, to see the movie trailer, or to find out if it is going to be playing in any theaters near you.