Enter the spectacle and drama of a megafire, alongside a firefighting team struggling to save anything they can while protecting each other. FIRELINE takes audiences into the firescape, to feel for the first time what those fighting these blazes face, especially as climate change makes megafires larger and more frequent. It’s an intimate portrait of a system stretched to its breaking point, revealing the friendship, heartbreak, and exhilaration experienced by those who go to war against this elemental force. FIRELINE focuses on three firefighters from the Cal Fire Lassen-Modoc Unit, and their harrowing experience fighting a megafire for 36 emotional hours. The filmmakers also worked with The California Fire Foundation, which provides emotional support to families of fallen firefighters, firefighters and the communities they protect. Director Tylor Norwood (Robin’s Wish, Fireline) joins us for a conversation on the importance of connecting to the people who can open doors for a filmmaker into an otherwise insulated world, and standing a few feet from a roaring inferno while filming the people trying to fight it.
About the filmmaker – Tylor Norwood’s work draws out the human stories and insights hidden in plain sight, both at great companies and in the lives of everyday people. His documentary work (Robin’s Wish, Fireline) has focused on social justice issues and highlighted how people in difficult situations handle adversity. He leads a rotating team of talented creatives to tackle the projects Quotable Pictures invests in.