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Film Review: Riveting Doc ‘Burn’ Chronicles City on Fire

7 December 2012 8:35 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Chicago – Detroit, Michigan has more fires every year than any other city in the United States. As the city’s population dwindles (from 1.8 million in 1950 to just over 710k in 2010), people are burning what’s left behind to the tune of 30,000 fire calls a year. Executive produced by Denis Leary, the stellar documentary “Burn,” opening in Detroit and Chicago today, offers viewers a chance to spend a year in a Motown firehouse and the result is riveting filmmaking that both captures the personalities on the truck and the larger issues at play in a city on fire.

Directors Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez structure “Burn” in a brilliant way, allowing viewers not just access to life behind the fire hose but to make personal connections with these men who act against the human instinct to run away from the flames. The first thing one notices about the film is »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Burn: Film Review

9 November 2012 10:42 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

There must not be too many happy faces at the Detroit Chamber of Commerce these days. Arriving shortly on the heels of the scathing documentary Detropia is Burn, Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez’s film detailing the heroic efforts of Detroit firefighters to combat the rising tide of conflagrations plaguing the troubled metropolis. Story: Detropia: Sundance Film Review The documentary, winner of the Audience Award at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival and subtitled One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit, chronicles the year-long efforts of Engine Company 50. Located on the city’s east side, the

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- Frank Scheck

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"Burn: One Year on the Frontlines of the Battle to Save Detroit" Documents A City On Fire

7 November 2012 2:15 AM, PST | | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Update November 7: Since receiving the Heineken Audience Award at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, Burn has embarked on a city-by-city tour. The film is also a finalist for the Gotham Awards' Audience Award. Burn opens in NYC on November 9 at the Quad Cinema. For NYC screening info, a list of upcoming cities, and to view the amazing new theatrical trailer, please visit the website. Tribeca: Tell us a little about Burn. How do you describe the movie in your own words? Tom Putnam: Burn is a war movie. But this war isn't in Afghanistan or Iraq. It's right here in America - in Detroit. The end result is an action-packed documentary about the city told through the eyes of its firefighters, who are some of the busiest in the world, and with whom we've spent the last year embedded. But it's also a look at the challenges that first »

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Five Questions With “Burn” Directors Tom Putnam And Brenna Sanchez

6 November 2012 9:23 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

A news item about a tragedy in Detroit got them started, and by the time they were finished—three years and 1,000 hours of footage later—co-directors Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez found that their firefighting documentary had become something bigger than they’d imagined. Burn follows a group of firefighters as they try to contain blazes in a city with an endless roster of buildings left vacant amidst an economic collapse (a topic dealt with in Detropia and several other documentaries). Detroit’s population, as the film notes, is less than half of what it was 60 years ago, and many of those abandoned houses and former businesses have become firetraps. The film is built on vivid scenes that depict the danger facing fire crews from one shift to the next, but Burn also has broader implications, raising a host of issues about the changing texture of 21st century American cities »

- Kevin Canfield

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Burn Movie Review

3 November 2012 5:02 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Burn: One Year On The Front Lines Of The Battle To Save Detroit General Motors, Goldcrest Films, Apostle, Tbve Director: Tom Putnam, Brenna Sanchez Screenwriter: Tom Putnam, Brenna Sanchez Cast: Donald Austin, Brendan “Doogie” Milewski, Dave Parnell, Craig Dougherty, Dave Miller, Jeff Urbas, Chris Palm, Dennis Hunter, Terrell Hardaway Screened at: Critics’ DVD, NYC, 11/2/12 Opens: November 2, 2012 Who needs the false excitement of the “Terminator” series when you can watch the real thing, when you can see the difference between a real, blazing fire reaching sky high versus the canned machinations of a film company’s special effects? In their movie “Burn,” directors Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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With Your Help, Tff 2012 Favorites Burn & Fame High Can Connect with a Wider Audience

27 July 2012 3:30 AM, PDT | | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Fans who attend film festivals enjoy the distinction of being among the first viewers of the best in independent cinema. Frequently, however, an independent film's journey to wider distribution is just beginning when the festival circuit is complete. This is certainly true for two popular Tff 2012 films - Burn and Fame High. The teams behind both of these excellent documentaries are actively fundraising so that their films can be shown in theaters this fall. Burn, directed by Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez, chronicles a year in the cauldron of danger and controversy that is the Detroit Fire Department. Focusing on life in one of the nation's busiest firehouses - Engine Company 50 - Burn follows these extraordinary firefighters as they face injury, death, and political shake-ups in a city with one of the highest arson rates in the world. Executive producers Denis Leary and Jim Serpico hope that Burn will bring »

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Denis Leary Talks The Amazing Spider-man, How the Blockbuster Felt Like an Indie, the Response to the Firefighters Documentary Burn, and More

2 July 2012 9:40 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Several weeks ago, Sony Pictures invited us to attend the press junket The Amazing Spider-Man.  The reboot takes a grittier, more realistic approach to Peter Parker's journey to becoming your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, and sees the wall-crawler struggling to come to grips with the mysterious of disappearance of his parents.  For more on the film, click here for all of our previous coverage. During my on-camera interview with Denis Leary, who plays Police Captain George Stacy, we talked about how director Marc Webb made working on a blockbuster film feel like an indie feature, if he's seen any merchandise he's liked, playing Armor O' Malley in Gunmen, and the response to the Detroit firefighters documentary, Burn, which he executive produced.  Hit the jump to check out the interview, and click on the corresponding links for my interviews with co-stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Rhys Ifans. The Amazing Spider-Man opens in 3D on July 3rd. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Feel The Heat: Brookfield and Burn

8 June 2012 7:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Tribeca Film news »

The celebration for Burn took place on April 23, with over 200 attendees at Brookfield's office space at the World Financial Center treated to a spectacular panoramic view of downtown Manhattan at dusk. A valued Tff partner for eight years and counting, Brookfield honored not only the filmmakers but also the Detroit firefighters who frequently risked their lives during the harrowing year chronicled in Burn. Prior to the panel, attendees mingled with Brookfield executives, staff and special guests, including Festival Co-Founders Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal, the Burn panelists, and seven uniformed Detroit firefighters. Guests were also able to participate in discussions with the Burn team: directors Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez and executive producers Denis Leary and Jim Serpico. To kick things off, Ric Clark, President and CEO of Brookfield Office Properties, introduced the panel and moderator Kate Snow, an NBC News correspondent. Clips from Burn were shown throughout - »

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Tribeca's Heineken Audience Awards Go To 'Any Day Now' and 'Burn'

29 April 2012 10:54 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival presented Heineken Audience Awards to narrative feature "Any Day Now," directed by Travis Fine, and "Burn," a documentary directed by Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez, at the closing-night party April 29. Each award includes a $25,000 cash prize. Throughout the festival, audiences have voted for their favorite films in the Narrative Competition, World Documentary Competition, Viewpoints, Spotlight and Cinemania sections. "Any Day Now" is the story of a gay couple's attempt to adopt a young boy who's been neglected by his own family. Starring Alan Cumming and set in 1970s Los Angeles, the film is inspired by a true story. "Burn," executive produced by Denis Leary, profiles controversial Detroit fire commissioner Donald Austin, who's leading a charge to revive the city that many have left for dead.   »

- Indiewire Staff

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Tribeca 2012: 'Any Day Now,' Starring Alan Cumming, and the Documentary 'Burn' Win Audience Awards

28 April 2012 6:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Travis Fine’s Any Day Now won the Heineken Award for narrative film, and Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez’s Burn received the audience award for documentary at a wrap party held by the 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday night. Video: Tribeca Film Festival 2012: THR's Red Carpet Interviews  Traditionally, the festival has handed out one audience award, but this year it moved to two awards, one for narrative and one for documentary. Each award included a cash prize of $25,000. Additionally as part of the Tribeca Film Festival Artists Awards program, Any Day Now received the sculpture Ascension courtesy of Nathan

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- Gregg Kilday

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2012 Tribeca Film Festival announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections

6 March 2012 12:10 PM, PST | | See recent news » The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (Tff), presented by American Express®, today announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections, along with selections for the out-of-competition Viewpoints section—the program established last year that highlights personal stories in international and independent cinema. Forty-six of the 90 feature-length films were announced. The 11th edition of the Festival will take place from April 18 to April 29 at locations around New York City.

The Festival was curated by a new programming team this year. Frédéric Boyer has joined Tff as Artistic Director, having most recently served as Artistic Director and Head of Programming for the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. Geoffrey Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises, has expanded his role in overseeing the Festival program. Genna Terranova has been promoted to Director of Programming and Cara Cusumano returns as Programmer.

“It’s been so gratifying to watch the new programming »

- Josh Abraham

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James Franco's 'General Hospital' film to highlight Tribeca Film Festival

6 March 2012 10:39 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

The Tribeca Film Festival announced half of this year’s movie showcase, the 11th edition of the New York celebration set for April 18-29. James Franco’s behind-the-scenes General Hospital feature, Francophrenia, will have its North American premiere in the Viewpoints section – the program established last year that highlights more personal stories. “He’s kind of constructed this really interesting and well-crafted film about that experience that plays with the boundaries of documentary,” says Genna Terranova, Tribeca’s director of programming. “It’s a bit tongue in cheek, as James himself can be. He’s a bit enigmatic and the film is as well. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Tribeca Film Festival Announces Initial 2012 Line-Up; First Look at Juno Temple In ‘Jack and Diane’

6 March 2012 9:22 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With The Five-Year Engagement set as the opening title for the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, they’ve announced more of the line-up today with World Narrative & Documentary Features as the Viewpoint titles. We’ve got the next film from The Exploding Girl director Bradley Rust Gray, Jack and Diane (as well as a first look about featuring Juno Temple, thanks to Styd).

There is a new Harmony Korine short as well Kate Bosworth‘s While We Were Here and The Girl, starring Abbie Cornish. James Franco also has his latest film, Francophrenia, featuring footage from his performance on General Hospital. Nothing sticks out too greatly yet, but if I see something as interesting as Beyond the Black Rainbow or Magic Valley like last year, I’ll be a happy man. Check it out below and come back Thursday for the rest of the announcement.

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'The Girl' With Abbie Cornish, 'Jack And Diane,' Harmony Korine's Short 'The Fourth Dimension' & More Head To Tribeca

6 March 2012 9:08 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

SXSW kicks off later this week, but once your done slurping the BBQ sauce off your fingers, pack your backs and head north to Manhattan as the Tribeca Film Festival is gearing up to unspool in April. To whet cinephile appetites, organizers have dropped the lineup for the World Narrative Feature Competition, World Documentary Feature Competition and Viewpoints lineups and there are plenty of titles to take note of.

Among the narratives, the anticipated "Jack And Diane" from Bradley Rust Gray will make its world premiere. Starring Juno Temple and Riley Keough, the film takes a teenage lesbian love tale and twists the formula, with one of them revealing she's a werewolf. Add to that a cast rounded out by Dane DeHaan, Jena Malone and pop star Kylie Minogue (as a tattooed lesbian, of course) and you can see why this will be one of the hottest tickets at the fest. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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