Detroit Artists' Test Lab revisits 2012 documentary 'Burn' with free screening

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Detroit Fire Department's FEO Dave Parnell stands outside a burning home. - BURN FILM
  • Burn film
  • Detroit Fire Department's FEO Dave Parnell stands outside a burning home.

When filmmakers Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez set out to document a year in the lives of the men and women of the Detroit Fire Department’s Engine Company 50, there were upward of 30 investigated fires per day. That’s nearly 10,000 fires per year, making Detroit the city with the most fires per capita in the country.

Though a lot has changed since the duo released Burn in 2012, including a huge decrease in the number of fires, one thing remains true: Detroit firefighters are still kicking ass, despite the circumstances in the city. The Detroit Artists’ Test Lab will screen Burn as part of its free monthly documentary series. After the film, former Detroit Fire Department Deputy Commissioner, Craig Dougherty, will lead a short discussion about his experience serving the city and the many changes the department has endured.

Doors open 6:30 p.m., screening begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 1 at Detroit Artists' Test Lab; 14600 Mack Ave., Detroit; 313-733-1270;; Event is free and open to the public; donations accepted on behalf of the Detroit Firemen’s Fund Association.

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