Fireman follows the actions of a Hispanic fireman in NY state to responding to a “call”. Over the course of approximately four minutes we are given a snapshot of a fireman’s daily routine. He puts on his gear, gets into the fire engine, and we see him disappearing into the thick smoke of a burning building, from which he re-emerges. It is the ordinariness of his actions that determines the work and the fireman represents another male stereotype.
Within the course of his movements there is a brief rupture within the cinematic sense of the story, alluding to an awareness of the filmic process as well as his own fragile space within time and history.
Shot in brightly coloured 16mm Ektachrome film without sound, Fireman recreates the nostalgia of amateur films from previous decades.