Directed by: Tom Putnam & Brenna Sanchez
80 minutes

New England Premiere

Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus:

“We hope for better things; it will rise from the ashes”

—Detroit city motto

Detroit was once an iconic American city, but decades of population decline have put a tremendous strain on this metropolis, particularly its fire department and emergency services. The men and women of these professions have the unenviable task of trying to save lives with aging equipment, limited manpower, and a shrinking budget. Nonetheless, the firefighters of Engine Company 50 affirm that they love their job. What kind of person loves risking his life for moderate pay and little thanks?

From executive producers Denis Leary and Jim Serpico (both of Rescue Me), BURN would be fascinating if it were simply a character study. These memorable individuals—brash, loyal, foolhardy, and dedicated—are both likable and entertaining. But the film goes further, achieving a universal significance precisely by being thoughtfully specific. BURN builds a web of relevance that connects to us all in many ways at once: as workers, as neighborcitizens, as patriots, and as mortal creatures.

Mark Twain once wrote, “The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter—it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” By choosing the right characters, the right story, and the right presentation, BURN is like lightning: sharp, powerful, and illuminating.

—Kyle Parrish