Detroit is burning. This fascinating documentary takes us to the heart of the once-roaring industrial mecca to meet the men and women charged with saving a city many have written off as dead. With vast stretches of forsaken buildings left as kindling, the highest arson rate in the country, and a budget crisis of epic proportions, the city turns to new Fire Commissioner Donald Austin to shake up the system with hard-line decisions and drastic, often controversial measures. Cautiously regarded by the DFD as a bombastic outsider, the Detroit native sets out to demonstrate his commitment to helping his hometown rise from the ashes.
From executive producer Denis Leary, BURN spends a year within the heat, introducing us to members of a close-knit brotherhood and a community within a shattered city that is unwilling to give up. A 30-year veteran on the eve of retirement and a charismatic young fireman devastatingly injured on the job are just a few of the characters you'll meet at the most overworked and underequipped firehouse in the country.
Length: 85 minutes
Director: Tom Putnam, Brenna Sanchez
Producer: Brenna Sanchez, Tom Putnam
Tom Putnam has screened his films at more than 400 film festivals. His many projects for PBS include producing Marwencol, winner of the Grand Jury Award at SXSW, and producing and directing Red White Black & Blue. Brenna Sanchez has worked with director Morgan Neville on such films as Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues, The Cool School, and Johnny Cash's America, which was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award.