TBVE Films: Tom Putnam & Brenna Sanchez
Directors, Los Angeles + Detroit

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TBVE. That's "Tom & Brenna vs. Everyone," which is how it feels sometimes in the world of independent film production. But we love it!

From the high-impact world of action sports, to the drama of firefighting, to intimate portraits of iconic and everyday Americans, telling personal stories is our strength.

We work hard, and we’d love to work for you.

TOM PUTNAM, Director / Producer

Tom Putnam’s past short films and features have played over 500 film festivals and been released theatrically worldwide. His most recent feature, the Detroit firefighting documentary BURN, is one of the highest-grossing self-distributed films in history. BURN was the #1 documentary and independent film on iTunes for its digital release. BURN received the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival and was nominated for a Gotham Award. Prior to BURN, Tom was a producer on the documentary feature MARWENCOL, winner of two Spirit Awards and Best Documentary at the SXSW Film Festival. Tom’s short films include the notorious Bigfoot movie BROADCAST 23, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and TOM HITS HIS HEAD, an official selection of over 200 film festivals and one of the most widely-seen short films of all-time.

BRENNA SANCHEZ, Director / Producer

Detroit native Brenna Sanchez is a documentary filmmaker specializing in music, adventure and cultural projects. She has worked on such films as Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues (PBS), The Highwaymen (CMT), The Joy of Lex (Discovery), The Cool School (PBS/Arthouse), about the LA art scene of the 1960s, SEARCH AND DESTROY: Iggy & The Stooges’ RAW POWER (Sony), and Johnny Cash’s America (Sony/A&E IndieFilms), which was nominated for a 2010 GRAMMY Award. Her directorial debut, the Detroit firefighting documentary BURN, is one of the highest-grossing self-distributed films in history. BURN was the #1 documentary and independent film on iTunes for its digital release. BURN received the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, was nominated for a Gotham Award. Brenna was nominated for Best New Director at Tribeca.

about burn

With tremendous grassroots support, we made more than a movie with BURN — we made history. Millions of first responders, civilians, and legislators saw the film in theaters, at home and in firehouses all over the world. Audience response was tremendous. BURN became one of the most successful independent films of all time.

Most importantly, we were able to donate more than $310,000 in much-needed equipment to Detroit firefighters. 

CURRENTLY

We are on hiatus from a civil rights documentary about rappers ICP and their landmark First Amendment lawsuit against the FBI.

We are in production on a follow-up to BURN.