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The Women Behind BURN

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Nicola b Marsh, Director of Photography

Nicola grew up in London, and moved to the US as a news camerawoman for NBC. She holds an MFA in cinematography from The University of Southern California. Although she also shoots narrative, Nicola has had a great run behind the camera filming documentaries these past few years. In addition to her work on "BURN," she lensed 2014’s Academy Award winning documentary, "Twenty Feet From Stardom," and was nominated for an Emmy for her work on "Troubadours." She filmed two documentaries for director Cameron Crowe: "PearlJam20" (Toronto Film Festival) and "The Union" (Tribeca). Prior to that, she shot the narrative feature "Eye of The Hurricane," starring Melanie Lynskey and Campbell Scott, and the breakout horror movie "Smiley." Her cinematography has taken her around the world; she has filmed in Nigeria, Argentina, Peru, Chile, and England. She lives in Los Angeles and holds both an American and German passport, but has a good sense of humor. Nicola is repped by Innovative Artists.

Brenna Sanchez, Director/Producer

Brenna specializes in music, adventure and cultural documentaries. Prior to BURN, Brenna produced several features with Academy Award-winning director Morgan Neville, including "Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues" (PBS), "The Highwaymen" (CMT), "The Joy of Lex" (Discovery), "The Cool School" (PBS/Arthouse), about the LA art scene of the 1960s, "SEARCH AND DESTROY: Iggy & The Stooges’ RAW POWER" (Sony), and "Johnny Cash’s America" (Sony/A&E IndieFilms), which was nominated for a 2010 GRAMMY Award. Along with Tom Putnam, she produced, directed and distributed "BURN." "BURN" was the #1 documentary and #1 independent film on iTunes for its digital release. The film received the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival and Brenna was nominated for Best New Director at the festival. She and Tom are currently working on several firefighter-related projects, and are directing a documentary feature about hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse's lawsuit against the FBI.

Morgan R. Stiff, Editor

Morgan, a North Carolina native, graduated from the University of Southern California, School of Cinema-Television, with an MFA in Film Production in 2005 after receiving her BFA from New York University in Dramatic Writing in 2002. Morgan has produced fiction and documentary films, as well as promotional videos. As an editor, Morgan has worked on tributes, music videos, fiction films, and documentaries. In addition to "BURN," editing projects include "One Bad Cat" (Ovation TV, 2009), "Mississippi Damned" (Showtime, 2011), and ANT starring Guillermo Diaz (ITVS, 2014). Morgan is the Chief Production Officer of Morgan's Mark, a production company dedicated to bringing marginalized stories to the mainstream.

Miranda Yousef, Editor

Miranda Yousef is a feature documentary editor with credits on films that have played Sundance, Tribeca, PBS and HBO.  Recent credits include: Academy Award winner Jessica Yu’s 2014 film “Misconception"; “Inequality for All,” which played the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, won a Special Jury Prize and was acquired by the Weinstein Company for theatrical distribution; “BURN,” which won the Audience Award at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival; and “Troubadours,” which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, played on PBS’s “American Masters,” and was nominated for an Emmy award.  Other projects have included Academy Award nominee Kirby Dick’s 2009 release “Outrage,” 2008 IDA Audience Award winner “Food Fight,” and 2008 Sundance Film Festival favorite “I.O.U.S.A.”


E40 Contest

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E40 Foundation gave away 1,500 backpacks last year!

But they can't do it again without YOUR HELP!

For every $10 you donate, your name will be entered to win one of FIVE $75 gift cards to spend at the BURN store. Donations must be made by 8/30/14. Winners will be notified via email and Facebook on 9/2/14.


1. Click below to DONATE NOW. 2. Fill out the short form. 3. MOST IMPORTANT THING: Under "LEAVE A COMMENT," write something about BURN!!


With your help, E40 will give away age-specific backpack and school supplies for (hopefully) EVERY STUDENT who needs one!


Free, on-site dental & medical checkups Free food & drinks! Face painting  Rock-climbing wall Bounce houses Horseback riding Stilt-walkers Marching bands Clowns Classic car show Motorcycle stunt show Live music And MUCH, MUCH more!

Firefighters Helping Firefighters: "Wheels for Bill" Campaign

From Firefighters Helping Firefighters:

Houston Fire Department Captain William “Iron Bill” Dowling was crushed and burned while responding to a 5-Alarm fire at the Southwest Inn on May 31, 2013. Four firefighters lost their lives in that blaze. And, Bill’s life and that of his family’s was forever changed that day. Both of Bill’s legs were amputated and he suffered several other life threatening injures.

From Bill's wife, Jacki: "Bill is still only allotted 3 hours of sitting a day. For the most part, the only time he goes anywhere, is when he has a Dr. Appt. and all his travel is via ambulance. We are not permitted to use those services for personal use. This would allow us to travel (while Bill lays down) to our kids sporting events, to see our son, visit family, and much more. Any help is appreciated!

Friends of the Dowlings want to provide them a transportation RV (like the one pictured) that would enable Bill to lay down for travelling and has some of the basics including a restroom, a refrigerator for medications and would enable him to maintain his health while on the road. Read the full story below.

Bill was hospitalized continuously almost 8 months and then had many subsequent stays at the hospital as they dealt with the ongoing effects of all of his injuries. But Bill and his wife, Jacki, are SURVIVORS along with their three children. Jacki, a school teacher, left her job to help Bill recover. Many modifications had to be made to their home to accommodate Bill’s needs and it has been a long journey to say the least. Bill’s determination has brought him a long way in his therapy. And, he recently received an ATV-like wheel chair so now he has gone mobile. But, transportation for long distances is not possible at this point. As much as he wants to go to his daughter’s volleyball tournaments on the road or go to Colorado Springs to honor his fallen firefighters in the IAFF Firefighters Memorial in September, travelling long distances isn’t an option. Air travel is not feasible. You see, Bill cannot sit for long periods of time and has to lay down for much of his day.

Friends of the Dowlings want to provide them a transportation RV that would enable Bill to lay down for travelling and has some of the basics including a restroom, a refrigerator for medications and would enable him to maintain his health while on the road. This vehicle can be kept at their house and doesn’t require storage like a travelling trailer or RV. However, his doesn’t come cheap. We have found such a used vehicle here in Houston that would need to be outfitted to enable wheelchair access. The dealer will only hold this vehicle for 1 month. We want to make this happen and need your help!

If we can go viral and get $5 per donor this CAN happen for the Dowlings. We want to do this for Bill & Jacki, their family, their faith, their determination and their quality of life. Bill’s life was changed while serving the city of Houston. Bill also served our country in the USMC prior to becoming a Houston Firefighter.



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 Pictured from left: 1) Daughter Faith, son Forrest, Captain Bill Dowling, son Foster and wife Jacki. 2) Bill working hard! 3) "Tank Chair" inventor Brad Soden with Bill.

Donations can be made through PayPal, any Chase Bank Branch or mailed directly to Chase Bank.  *Donations are NOT made to Firefighters Helping Firefighters and are not considered tax deductible.  Donations are confidential and as such, will not be acknowledged individually.  Please know that your support is greatly appreciated by the Dowling Family!  

To Donate at any Chase Bank:

1. Make your check payable to William Dowling Donation Account 2. Enter “For Deposit Only – 3024646597″ on the back of the check 3. Put #3024646597 in the memo field 4. Obtain a Chase Deposit Ticket 5. Check Savings Account Box 6. Customer Name: William Dowling Donation Account 7. Account Number: 3024646597 8. Present deposit ticket to Teller

To Donate by Check:

1. Make your check payable to: William Dowling Donation Account 2. Enter “For Deposit Only – 3024646597″ on the back of the check 3. Put #3024646597 in the memo field 4. Mail to: National Bank by Mail (NBBM), KY1-0900 Chase P.O. Box 36520 Louisville, KY 40233-6520

Firefighters Helping Firefighters is not receiving any donations made through Chase Bank or the PayPal button.  They, like BURN, are only promoting this fundraising effort.  You can read about Bill’s story just about anywhere on the internet and follow him on his Facebook page.


Verizon-Redbox-to-start-streaming-video-DSUV6G3-x-large_FotorBURN is "testing" in 700 MYSTERY Redbox locations across the U.S. — Find them and win $75!

Here's the challenge:

  • BURN isn't searchable by title online or at the Redbox!
  • You have to browse NEW RELEASES or DOCUMENTARIES.
  • If it's in the machine, it'll show up there.


  • If you find BURN, rent it!
  • Take a selfie with the BURN disc and the Redbox!!
  • Post the photo to Twitter or our Facebook page.
  • Tag your photo with the Redbox location and #FINDBURN.
  • You'll be entered to win a $75 credit to the BURN store.
  • DEADLINE: Aug. 1, 2014.
  • 5 winners will be chosen randomly.

Doogie on Detroit pensions: "The damage has already been done"

Like his fellow Detroit Fire Department retirees, BURN star Brendan "Doogie" Milewski is coming out better than expected in a new proposal, but that doesn't mean everything's hunky dory. Thankfully, Detroit emergency workers' base pensions will remain untouched. Frustratingly, cost-of-living increases have been reduced from 2.25 percent to 1 percent. Even social security, which most firefighters are not eligible for, has a higher cost-of-living allowance. Given the Draconian cuts that have been proposed as part of the city's bankruptcy, this is a win. But, considering the massive hit retirees took earlier this year when the city canceled their health coverage, it's an empty one. And the vouchers they're getting toward health insurance don't go far: $125-$400 per month to spend toward private insurance.

"Since February when we were forced to purchase our own health insurance, retirees are paying $10-16k a year to insure themselves and a spouse. It's worst for those between 60-65." The Detroit Fire Department has a mandatory retirement age of 60, but are left hanging until Medicare kicks in when they turn 65.

Doogie's 34. He was paralyzed on the job, and has significant, ongoing, and extraordinarily expensive medical issues. The financial burden he and his wife face — not only because of his injury, but because of his decision to become a firefighter in Detroit — could be devastating.

"I'm anxious to see if there have been any provisional 'carve outs' for individuals like myself that suffered catastrophic injuries on the job," he says. "Catastrophic injuries and widows of those killed in the line of duty represent such a small percentage of the retiree population. I hope someone with some compassion is negotiating with our interests in mind."

We're all hoping for that.

That said, Doogie's trying to keep a cool head, and not answering his phone. "Honestly, I feel all these reporters are jumping the gun," he says. "We don't even have all the literature or ballots in our hand yet."

Detroit Retiree On Pension Cuts Deal: 'The Damage Has Already Been Done'

Please note: The Milewskis are not soliciting donations or hosting a fundraiser. But thanks to those who've asked.