‘Burn X’ follows a decade of struggle for Detroit firefighters

In a sequel to 2012’s ‘Burn,’ co-directors Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez found ‘a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ to document DFD and the city it serves

By George Elkind

One function of filmmaking is archival: the medium always serves to record, whether through documentary or narrative, the feeling, style, and atmosphere emanating from a particular time. Following a decade from the release of 2012’s Burn, which aptly captured the notoriously overextended Detroit Fire Department in the years before the city declared bankruptcy, co-directors Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez have returned with a follow-up in Burn X. The film follows a dizzying stretch of work that’s remained extremely perilous — in part due to underfunding amid variously visible signs of an evolving urban landscape...

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