The upcoming documentary Upstairs Inferno from director Robert L. Camina takes a look at the 1973 firebombing of a New Orleans gay bar that left dozens dead.

Forty years ago on June 24, massive panic broke out when the Upstairs Lounge was firebombed. Investigators concluded that the fire, which killed 32, was arson, but no one was ever charged with the crime.

What happened that night and how it set back the gay rights movement in New Orleans is the subject of Upstairs Inferno.

“We don't want the film to simply be a stagnant exposition of facts,” said Camina. “To truly understand the impact of this tragedy, you have to find the humanity in the story and build an emotional connection. The audience will relive the roller coaster of events through the eyes of those who lived through it. A full length film will allow us to not only provide the historical background, but also pay respect to the hearts in the story.”

“With access to new leads, the film is pursuing untold avenues of the story. This film will take us on a journey that will educate, enlighten and hopefully lead us to new revelations and possibly some closure.” (A trailer for the film is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Producers this week launched an IndieGoGo fundraising campaign to help defray production costs for the film.

Camina's previous film, Raid of the Rainbow Lounge, documented the 2009 police raid of a Dallas-Forth Worth gay bar which left the local LGBT community stunned.