Indie Trailer Sunday: Firefighter Doc 'Burn' About the City of Detroit

June 23, 2013
Source: Apple

Burn Documentary

"You're tackling this thing like it's some kind of dragon - and we don't really lose too often." Today's indie trailer is for a documentary simply titled Burn about the crumbling city of Detroit as seen through the eyes of "the most overworked and worst-funded fire department" in our country. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year and earned some rave reviews. This not only looks like a good insider story, but some of the footage is amazing - those shots inside burning buildings and powerful moments captured. Before today I had never heard about this, but it does look like a must see documentary no matter what city you're from.

Watch the official trailer for Tom Putnam & Brenna Sanchez's doc Burn, in high def from Apple:

From executive producer Denis Leary, this riveting and inspiring documentary film spends a year with Detroit firefighters, who are charged with the thankless task of saving a city many have written off as dead. With vast stretches of abandoned buildings, the highest arson rate in the country, and a budget crisis of epic proportions, these brave men and women risk injury, disablement, and death to try and make a difference for the city they call home. Closer than you’ve ever been, Burn takes you into the fires and into the lives of those who fight them in the most overworked and worst-funded fire department. Directed by Tom Putnam & Brenna Sanchez. First premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Burn was released June 18th - watch it now.

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I'd be interested to see it, but not available here.

Carpola on Jun 23, 2013


what the hell is the use of the internet for if stuff is only limited to certain countries? i love the city of Robocop!!

Sebastiaan Vos on Jun 24, 2013


Hi guys, the movie is available in all regions downloads through our webstore at Thanks! -Tom

Tom Putnam on Jun 24, 2013


Saw this movie a few months ago at the Cass Street Cinema in Detroit, Very powerful and heart-wrenching documentary. I would highly recommend watching it.

Christopher Goudos on Jun 24, 2013


I am a retired Lieutenant now in my 12th year of my retirement from the DFD. I had over 28 years of service. About one year after I retired I suffered a masssive heart attact. The FFEMT that transported me to the hospital refused to leave my side until he new I was stable. He stated, " I will not leave my brother's side until I know he's going to be alright. " I would like other people to know that first responders are a family. My attitude was citizens and my crew first. I was second. My heart still skips a beat when I hear of fires in the city and injuries to first responders. I haven't forgot the risk and hard challenges of the job! Now about the many media articles about the long and almost systematical decline of a great American City. A city that I lived in most of my life. It will always be my home. Not only renowded for it's auto industry. The D.I.A. art museum is second to none. Sports the greastest Qb of all times Bobby Lane, Greatest baseball player of all times Ty Cobb, the greatest boxer Joe Louis and without a doubt or debate Gorddie Howe the greatesy hockey player EVER!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The people of Detroit have heart and spirit un parrelled. Detroit will rebound. People are so eager to point to blame. Blame just makes things worst. Blame will not solve anything. People will blame the Mayor a good and honest man! They will blame Governor Snyder a good and honest man. People will say it's Mr. Orr's fault a good and honest man. People will say that I am crazy being a former union member and life long Democrate! I blame all of us over years for not trying harder over the years and overseering our home's affairs more carelfully. The truth is the truth. Only by eliminating blame and going forward as brothers and sisters will our home's problems be solved. God Bless You and God Bless the City Of Detroit Roger W. Johnston Lieuenant DFD (Retired)

Jet on Jul 24, 2013

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