WASHINGTON FILM INSTITUTE and the PGA
invite you to a Screening and Q&A with the Director of LET THE FIRE BURN.
TUESDAY 19 NOVEMBER @ 7:30 PM / REGAL GALLERY PLACE
701 7th St., NW, Washington, DC (Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown), MAP
LET THE FIRE BURN
USA, 2013, color, 95 minutes
Producer: Jason Osder Director: Jason Osder Editor: Nels Bangerter
In the astonishingly gripping LET THE FIRE BURN, director Jason Osder has crafted that rarest of cinematic objects: a found-footage film that unfurls with the tension of a great thriller. On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax. By order of local authorities, police dropped military-grade explosives onto a MOVE-occupied row house. TV cameras captured the conflagration that quickly escalated—and resulted in the tragic deaths of eleven people (including five children) and the destruction of 61 homes. It was only later discovered that authorities decided to “…let the fire burn.” Using only archival news coverage and interviews, first-time filmmaker Osder has brought to life one of the most tumultuous and largely forgotten clashes between government and citizens in modern American history. “Let the Fire Burn” appeared on the Oscars Shortlist: http://www.thewrap.com/deluge-documentaries-heres-list-151-oscar-qualifying-docs/
FREE BUT RSVP REQUIRED BY 4PM ON 11/19
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Winner – Best Editing in a Documentary Feature – Tribeca Film Festival
Special Jury Mention – Best New Documentary Director – Tribeca Film Festival
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Jason Osder is assistant professor at The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs and president of Amigo Media, a postproduction boutique and consultancy. He is co-author of Final Cut Pro Workflows: The Independent Studio Handbook, with Robbie Carman, his partner at Amigo. He holds a master’s degree in documentary from the University of Florida and Let the Fire Burn is his first feature film.