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.
FESTIVAL PREMIERE COMMENT
PBS Television Premiere | December 17, 2018 - 10:00 pm | Independent Lense
DVD or streaming rights | New Day Films | Colleges, universities, K-12 schools, museums, community groups, public libraries and corporations
Film festivals, universities | Screenings
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BRING THE FILM AND FILMMAKERS TO YOU!
This film is a great vehicle to discuss race and ethics further in your company, community or educational institution. The workshops are conducted by the filmmakers, director Fendelman and producer Dr. Sanchez, an expert in race theory (Learn more about us). Choose one of our pre-designed workshops or receive a customized offer for your needs.
Title: “Racism, Rhetoric, and Ethics: A Workshop on Documentary Filmmaking”
Length: 1-3 hrs
Description: In this workshop, we use raw interview footage from “Man on Fire” and other films to discuss interview ethics and analyze how people rhetorically position themselves in discussing race and racism. To begin, we will show some interviews from “Man on Fire” and other contemporary documentaries and will talk about our specific process in approaching sensitive subject matter. We will then show extended clips from the film to further discuss how this approach worked, didn’t work, and the ethical gray area in non-fiction filmmaking. Lastly, we will guide people in rhetorically analyzing people’s responses to questions, looking specifically at the discursive and non-discursive knowledge being shared on camera. This will culminate in a final sequence in which we will role play, asking difficult interview questions and thinking about ways to use interview ethics in action. Open to all group sizes.
Title: “Discussing Implicit Bias in the Workplace or Classroom”
Length: 1-2 hrs
Description: A workshop discussing implicit bias and micro aggressions built around raw footage from “Man on Fire”. This workshop provides examples of implicit bias from interviews in the film and asks audiences to label the bias and its underlying meaning from a rhetorical and critical race theory perspective. Open to all group sizes.
Title: “The Salt of the Earth: A Workshop on Whiteness, White Supremacy, and Documentary Filmmaking”
Length: 1-2 hrs
Description: The discussion on how whiteness influences everyday conversations about race in Grand Saline, Texas (location of this documentary film). This workshop focuses on how whiteness pervades in society and how to locate, label, and understand white privilege and white supremacy in contemporary society. Open to all group sizes.
Allow us to customize a workshop for your students or employees!
James and Joel are able to combine their unique skill sets to create a workshop for students or employees that has strong academic roots and is yet still inviting and accessible to all. With stark honesty and humor, they create a comfortable space for dialogue and reflexivity. Whether it is a workshop on ethics in documentary filmmaking or a dive into implicit bias in everyday life, the filmmakers are able to use both personal experience and experiences in filmmaking to spark poignant and introspective dialogue that not only creates a conversation about difficult issues but elevates it.
Upcoming Public Broadcast
December 17, 2018 - 10pm | Independent Lense | PBS
Upcoming Festival Screenings
February, 2019 | Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Tour | Washington D.C., Eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware
December 1, 2018 | NewFilmmakers Los Angeles | Los Angeles, California
Upcoming University Screenings & Workshops
March 28th, 2019 | Rowan University
March 25th, 2019 | University of Illinois
March 24th, 2019 | Syracuse University
February 7th, 2019 | Queens University
February 4th, 2019 | Belmont University
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BRING THE FILM AND FILMMAKERS TO YOU!
Previous Corporate Workshop
August 22, 2018 | Clearlink | Salt Lake City, Utah
Previous University Screenings
October 24th, 2018 | University of Kentucky | Lexington, KT
October 18, 2018 | University of Toledo | Toledo, Ohio
September 6, 2018 | Chatham University | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
March 4th, 2018 | Middlebury College | Middlebury, Vermont
March 1st, 2018 | Texas Christian University | Fort Worth, Texas
February 28th, 2018 | University of Texas at Tyler | Tyler, Texas
Previous Festival Screenings
November 3, 2018 | St. Louis International Film Festival | St. Louis, Missouri
October 22, 2018 | Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival | Hot Springs, Arkansas
August 25, 2018 | Sidewalk Film Festival | Birmingham, Alabama | WINNER: Programmer Award
April 30th, 2018 | Newport Beach Film Festival | Newport Beach, California
April 18, 2018 | Atlanta Film Festival | Atlanta, Georgia
April 13, 2018 | Indie Grits Lab | Columbia, South Carolina
March 15 & 18, 2018 | SLO Film Festival | San Luis Obispo, California | WINNER: Best Student Documentary
February 17, 2018 | Big Sky Documentary Film Festival | Missoula, Montana
January 20 & 24, 2018 | Slamdance Film Festival | Park City, Utah
Previous Award Ceremonies
December 9, 2017 | IDA Documentary Awards | Los Angeles, California | WINNER: David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award
Host a screening
If you would like to screen "Man on Fire" at a Film Society, Film Festival, Museum, Educational Institution, Community Center, Church, Mosque, Synagogue, School or other non-profit organization, you are required to purchase public performance rights. Please fill out our questionnaire and we will get back to you shortly. Thank you for your interest in "Man of Fire"!