Let the Fire Burn

In 1985, the longtime feud between Philadelphia police and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a tragic climax.

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Series
Independent Lens
Premiere Date
May 12, 2014
Length
90 minutes
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    2013 International Documentary Association (IDA)-Best Editing
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    2013 International Documentary Association (IDA)-Best Feature Award
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    2013 International Documentary Association (IDA)-Humanitas Documentary Award
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    2013 International Documentary Association (IDA)-ABC News Videosource Award
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    2013 IFP Gotham Awards -Best Documentary Award
  • Producer/Director

    Jason Osder

    Jason Osder is an assistant professor at The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs and a partner at Amigo Media, a color-correction, post-production, and training company. Osder co-authored Final Cut Pro Workflows: The Independent Studio Handbook with Robbie Carman, his partner at Amigo, and creates online training Show more courses for Lynda.com. Jason received a Masters of Arts in Mass Communication (MAMC) in Documentary from the University of Florida. Let the Fire Burn is his first feature film. Show less

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    The Film

    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 rowhouse. 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 Jason Osder has brought to life one of the most tumultuous and largely forgotten clashes between government and citizens in modern American history.

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