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Firebird: Built to Burn


In resurgent Phoenixville, PA, a tight-knit community gathers each December to ignite a new, giant wooden phoenix, fueling the passions of local artists and rekindling a unifying, pre-rust belt spirit.

Through intimate interviews, painfully relatable video calls, and fly-on-the-wall vérité, Firebird: Built to Burn chronicles the efforts of a diverse group of volunteers who persevere through pandemic restrictions, local government negotiations, and months of arduous construction to orchestrate the return of the cathartic annual festival following its 2020 cancellation.

A wholesome look into an uplifting, unconventional tradition and its folklore origins.


  • Genre Documentary
  • Director Colleen C Brady
  • Released 2023
  • Runtime 1hr 39min
  • Rated NR
  • Studio Little Echo Productions
  • CountryUnited States


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