"Man on Fire"
Directed by UT grad Joel Fendelman, the documentary Man on Fire recalls the 2014 self-immolation by a Methodist minister in his Texas hometown of Grand Saline. Rev. Charles Moore—a minister at Austin’s Grace United Methodist Church in the 1990s—set himself on fire in an empty parking lot in Grand Saline to protest social injustice. The documentary examines Moore’s life-long dedication to civil rights and Grand Saline’s reaction to his suicide, which forced the city of predominantly white residents to confront its past and current relationship with people of color. Man on Fire will air 10:30 p.m. Dec. 17 on KLRU as part of the Independent Lens series. The documentary will then be available for streaming beginning Dec. 18 at (http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/man-on-fire/). Joel Fendelman, who attended the University of Texas from 2014-2017, previously co-directed the dramas David and Remittance with Patrick Daly. Fendelman also directed the documentary shorts Band of Sisters, Eleven Candles, and Auction.
Aired: Dec. 13, 2018