Award-winning documentary about Detroit firefighters to make Motor City premiere


Critically acclaimed documentary, “Burn,” a feature-length film about Detroit’s distressed firefighters, will make its Motor City premiere Sept. 28 at the Fillmore.

Producers Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez will join city firefighters on stage to answer questions after the film.

The documentary follows the crew of Engine Company 50, one of the busiest and most dangerous firehouses in the country.

Critics have praised the documentary for its intimate, sincere portrayal of life as a Detroit firefighter.

The film was shot despite disapproval from Mayor Dave Bing’s Office, which has prevented other filmmakers from embedding with emergency services because of the potential to embarrass the city.

But “Burn” is anything but anĀ embarrassment, critics have said. Rather, the film portrays the brave commitment of firefighters who do whatever it takes to save lives.

“Burn” premiered nationally at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City in April and won the festival’s coveted Audience Award.

Tickets for the Detroit premier go on sale at 10 a.m. Sunday. Prices range from $25-$40.

Tickets will be available at 800-745-3000, livenation.com and ticketmaster.com, and on limited occasions, The Fillmore and St. Andrew’s Hall.

Doors open at 6 p.m.

Note: The video above is the original trailer.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.