Let The Fire Burn with Director Jason Osder
Presented with intro and Q&A by director Jason Osder
Co-curated by local filmmaker, activist, and oracle Dawne Langford!
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 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 Osder has brought to life one of the most tumultuous and largely forgotten clashes between government and citizens in modern American history.
Winner – Best Editing in a Documentary Feature – Tribeca Film Festival
Special Jury Mention – Best New Documentary Director – Tribeca Film Festival
“ELECTRIFYING!….by sticking with historical footage—much of it news reports from the scene—Osder has made a documentary that’s astonishingly in the present tense…. Let the Fire Burn is a time machine. It shows there are truths out there waiting to be found—that footage already shot can make history in all its terrible finality breathe.” – David Edelstein, NEW YORK MAGAZINE
“Disturbing and extraordinary.” – Andrew O’Hehir, SALON
“A brooding, disturbing documentary about an inferno that becomes an enigma. It earns its considerable impact by telling an unnerving story and leaving it, in ways both daring and effective, fundamentally unresolved.” – Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES
“POWERFUL!” – Emily Bazelon, SLATE
“4 stars! A superb addition to the found-footage documentary genre.” – Michael Phillips, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
“Powerful, thought-provoking, and infuriating.” – Jason Bailey, FLAVORWIRE
“CRITIC’S PICK! A RIVETING CHRONICLE of the radical group Move’s clash with Philadelphia authorities….Seamlessly fashioned…relives an incredible chapter in American history.” – Nicolas Rapold, THE NEW YORK TIMES
- 2/8 | 8:00PM