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FIRESTORM - The First 12 Hours Update

Hello and welcome to the newly created 50+ Films Blog!

Firestorm Documentary Film Poster Art by Roberta MacIntyre
Firestorm Documentary Film Poster Art by Roberta MacIntyre

We created this Blog to keep everyone updated on what is going on with 50+ Films in general, but also to keep everyone updated on the progress of our current projects.

Our most important, and demanding, project right now is FIRESTORM – The First 12 Hours. For those who are not aware, FIRESTORM - The First 12 Hours is a documentary film that puts a lens to the decisions and the decision-makers tasked with laying siege to the most devastating wildland fires in Northern California’s history - fires that quickly consumed acres of wild lands and entire communities.

This project is a little behind schedule due to some issues that came up beyond our control – in the words of John Lennon “Life is what happens when you are making other plans”. However, we are back at it working hard on the off-line edit. Here is a list of what has been going on:

  • To help fund the project we applied for grant funding through ITVS (

  • We were able to add two compelling interviews / stories to the film.

  • We made test trailers we will share soon for feedback – maybe we will do a vote?

  • We are in discussions with the Santa Rosa History Museum and hope to screen the best trailer at their upcoming event “From the Fire: A Community Reflects and Rebuilds”.

  • The Film Composer, Joseph Bartolozzi ( is anxiously waiting to score the film.

  • We will be handing off a rough assembly edit to our editor, Veronica Moscoso ( within the next couple weeks.

  • Instead of screening a Premiere in October we may be doing a “test screening” instead. Your feedback there will help us with the final editing decisions.

We will try and post blog updates here as often as necessary so please keep checking back to stay informed.

Moreover, if you have anything to share please feel free to comment or send us an email!

Thanks for your support!

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Lenita Marie Johnson
Lenita Marie Johnson

I just happen to know Ms. Roberta and she is a phenomenally talented filmmaker. Her work in FIRESTORM is direct and to the point. You feel like you're right alongside her while she is filming the action. Everything she has shared with me makes me feel like I'm part of the film crew. I'm anxious to see the final product! Go Roberta!!!

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