Grand Saline, Texas, a town east of Dallas, has a history of racism, a history the community doesn’t talk about.
This shroud of secrecy ended when Charles Moore, an elderly white preacher, self-immolated to protest the town's racism in 2014, shining a spotlight on the town’s dark past.
“Man on Fire” untangles the pieces of this protest and questions the racism in Grand Saline today.
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Director, Producer, Editor, Cinematographer
Currently residing in New York City, Joel Fendelman has written, produced and directed a number of award-winning narrative and documentary films. His achievements include winning the IDA Documentary Award for “Man on Fire,” premiering his short film “Game Night” at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016 and winning numerous awards for his first and second narrative feature films “Remittance” and “David,” including “Best Screenplay” at the Brooklyn Film Festival in 2016 and the prestigious “Ecumenical Prize” at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2011. Joel strives to embrace socially conscious stories that deal with religion, social class, minorities and communicates the underlying connection between us all. He holds a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Texas, Austin. @joelfendelman
James Chase Sanchez is an Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Middlebury College. His research interests are in cultural and racial rhetorics, public memory, and writing assessment, and his research has appeared or is forthcoming in College Composition and Communication, Pedagogy, Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric, Present Tense, and Writing Program Administration. Sanchez has long been fascinated with the stories of his hometown, Grand Saline, TX, and will be completing an academic manuscript about his hometown in the next couple of years. @JChaseSanchez
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