PBS Online Film Festival

The Collinwood Fire

Season 2017 Episode 18 | 6m 48s

On March 4, 1908, the Collinwood Elementary School burned to the ground, trapping and killing 172 school children, two teachers and one rescuer. 'The Collinwood Fire' reanimates the inferno through the sensationalist newspaper headlines of the day and the silent moving picture images of an aspiring young filmmaker cranking his camera at the blaze.

Aired: 07/17/17

Expires: 07/17/19

Rating: NR

Video has closed captioning.
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  • The Collinwood Fire Q&A

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    PBS spoke with Filmmaker Daniel Houghton about his unique take on a disaster film.