'The 13th Man' documentary

Documentary filmmaker Charlie Minn interviews John Comstock, who was a Texas A&M freshman when “the Aggie Bonfire collapsed around and on top of me,” in his words.

The feature-length documentary chronicling the aftermath of the Aggie Bonfire collapse at Texas A&M in 1999 debuts Thursday night at Premiere Cinemas in Bryan.

Filmmaker Charlie Minn has spent much of 2019 working on The 13th Man: On November 18, 1999, a College in Texas Changed Forever. The film focuses on the journey of John Comstock, who was an A&M freshman when the bonfire collapsed. He was the last survivor pulled from the wreckage of the multi-story stack and sustained lasting injuries. He speaks regularly to groups today about the physical and emotional healing he has done.

“After communicating with John for the last three or four years, and I saw that this was the 20-year anniversary, I said I better get in there now and do it,” Minn told The Eagle earlier this year. “John’s story is truly remarkable, heroic, and it’s a miracle he’s alive. He truly is the 13th Man.”

Minn and the film crew also hosted open interview sessions at which community members shared bonfire-related recollections and experiences for the film. 

Minn said Monday that the first showing at Premiere Cinemas, at 7 p.m. Thursday night, is sold out. Tickets are available for other showings at Premiere Cinemas are available; the film will screen at theatres across the state beginning Nov. 15. 

To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit www.13thmanfilm.com/.

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