Pittsburgh Premiere of Woman on Fire

CMOA Theater

$15 general; $10 CMP members and students


Join us for the Pittsburgh premiere of Woman on Fire, a full-length documentary by Pittsburgh-based filmmaker Julie Sokolow.

The Pittsburgh premiere includes a screening of the film, a talk back with the documentary's star Brooke Guinan and her partner Jim Baker, and a post-film party with light refreshments and a cash bar.

Presented in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Honors College.

About Woman on Fire

This portrait of courage under fire celebrates NYC’s first openly transgender firefighter.

For Brooke Guinan, fighting fires runs in her blood – both her father and grandfather served in the FDNY. But as a transgender woman, her path to service has not been without obstacles. Transitioning from male to female in what is still an overwhelmingly macho profession proves a challenge for her coworkers and her family, while her boyfriend reckons with the impact of Brooke’s newly public profile on his parents.

  • Director: Julie Sokolow
  • Producer: Danny Yourd
  • Cinematographer: John Pope, Julie Sokolow, Danny Yourd
  • Production company: Animal

About Director Julie Sokolow

Julie Sokolow’s films have appeared at the New York Times, TIME, and Huffington Post. She is the creator of the Healthy Artists documentary series, which profiles over forty uninsured artists who struggle to afford health care. Her feature film directorial debut Aspie Seeks Love won Best Documentary at the 2015 Cinequest Film Festival and gained acclaim in Vice, Filmmaker Magazine, and Salon. She is also a musician whose work has been praised by Pitchfork, Wire, and the Wasington Post. Woman on Fire is her second feature film.

Event Sponsors

University of Pittsburgh Office of Diversity