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20th of February 2018


Where There’s Smoke -

After a tragic accident, a firefighter must convince the city commissioner he's able to return to the line of duty.

February 11, 2018 by the Editors Leave a Comment

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Where There’s Smoke from Evan Ari Kelman on Vimeo.

On January 23, 2005, six firefighters became trapped in a tenement in the Bronx, and were forced to jump out of fourth-story windows falling 50 feet to the pavement. Curt Meyran, John Bellew, and Joe DiBernardo, died from their injuries; and another three — Gene Stolowski, Brendan Cawley, and Jeff Cool—barely survived. Firefighter Richard Sclafani died at an unrelated fire in Brooklyn that same afternoon, making that day the first since 1918 that men had died in two separate incidents in the city. The dual tragedies have come to be known as Black Sunday.

WHERE THERE’S SMOKE explores a fictional firefighter’s trauma as a result of surviving a Black Sunday inspired accident. The film aims to bring awareness to the men and woman serving in fire departments who are prepared to make incredible sacrifices in order to save others’ lives. At the same time, the film is able to raise questions about the nature of “invisible” disorders including PTSD, which an estimated 5.2 million Americans will suffer from during the course of a year. The film ruminates on the question of how to move forward after a personal trauma. Does acting ‘okay’ make one ‘okay’, or does that only exacerbate the problem?—


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