Everyone can agree that firefighters are all heroes -- but we dont really understand exactly what goes on in a fire. You might have seen Backdraft a million times, but it still doesnt quite capture the feeling of being in the midst of a blaze. A lot of people know about firefighting, agrees former Denver firefighter and current filmmaker Rob Bieber. Theyve seen a lot of movies that try to convey in some way the firefighters experience inside the burning building. But every single movie Ive seen has failed terribly to convey that experience.
Thats why Bieber and a cinematographer partner decided to make Rickys Rib Shack, a film shot entirely in Denver that truly does convey what its like to fight a fire. Because I was still on the fire department at the time, they gave us unprecedented access to everything, Bieber says. We got right into the action, into the middle of everything. So in the middle, in fact, that the cameras were damaged. We got bruised and a little bit battered, Bieber remembers.
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If you missed the screening of Rickys Rib Shack on Wednesday, November 12, dont fret; it plays again on Thursday, November 13. Both shows are at the Landmark Theater in Greenwood Village, 5415 Landmark Place. Tickets are $12, which includes popcorn and soft drinks, and all proceeds benefit the Denver Fire Fighters Burn Foundation, which helps children with severe burn injuries. The film is not rated; it contains intense scenes and some adult language -- it was shot in a fire, for crying out loud -- so parents, use your judgement. Visit www.rickysribshack.com for more information.
Wed., Nov. 12, 7 p.m.; Thu., Nov. 13, 7 p.m., 2008