International Competition


Tom Putnam, Brenna Sanchez
Screening time  
24.02. / Monday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 4  
26.02. / Wednesday, 12:00 - 14:00 Theatre 2  
28.02. / Friday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 3  
An action-packed, award-winning movie about Detroit firefighters, exploring human struggles, hope and personal courage in the face of overwhelming odds.

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. 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 in the United States.


Tom Putnam

Tom Putnam, born in 1972 in US, has screened his films at more than 400 film festivals. His many projects for PBS include producing and directing Red White Black & Blue (2006) and producing Marwencol (2010), winner of the Grand Jury Award at SXSW Festival.


Brenna Sanchez

Brenna Sanchez, born in 1973 in US, has worked with director Morgan Neville on such films as Johnny Cash's America (2008), which was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award, The Cool School (2007) and Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues (2004).

General sponsor


2012, 86', DCP

Directed by:
Tom Putnam, Brenna Sanchez

Mark Eaton
, Nicola B. Marsh
, Matt Pappas

Edited by:
Kevin Jones
, Morgan Stiff,
 Miranda Yousef

BC Smith & Alessandro Cortini

Brenna Sanchez, Tom Putnam

Produced by:
Callbox LLC

Festivals & Awards:

Tribeca Film Festival 2012 – Audience Award; Gotham Independent Film Awards 2012