“Man on Fire tells a compelling and perennially relevant story” – Screen Anarchy
Man on Fire
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 one man self-immolated to protest their 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.
Following the showing, there will be a post-show discussion.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
On Screen/In Person is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Hon. Rev. Dr. Kwame Abayomi
Dr. Abayomi is the great-grandson of formerly enslaved persons, and a native of Washingotn, DC. He studied theology at Wesley Theological Seminary, and Howard University Divinity School, where he received his Doctor of Ministry degree in 1989. He served churches in Virginia and Maryland, and was the Senior Minister of Unity United Methodist Church in Baltimore for 18 years until his retirement in 2006.
Dr Abayomi served as an Adjunct Professor teaching Urban and Community Ministry in the doctoral program at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and Political Science at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Sojourner-Douglass College in Baltimore.
In March 1995, he became the first clergy ever elected to serve on the City Council of Baltimore City. He sponsored enactment of landmark legislation, including a law to regulate bounty hunters, and a law to extend voting rights to ex-offenders — both for the first time since reconstruction. He also enacted the law which created the Civilian Review Board for the Baltimore Police Department. He retired from elected office in 2004.
In 2015, he published his first book, A Voice in the Wilderness: Sermons and Homilies for Urban Ministry, with the African-American Creed. Since 2017, Dr. Abayomi has “unretired,” and now serves as a Clinical Staff Chaplain for the Veteran’s Administration in Baltimore, where he and his wife, Dr. Elaine Abayomi, reside.
Laura Lanham, Assistant Chief of Police, Chief of the Patrol Services Bureau, Montgomery County, MD Department of Police
Assistant Chief Lanham began her career with the department in 1991. She has served in numerous capacities as an executive officer to include the Director of the Criminal Investigations Division, Legal and Labor, Policy and Planning, the Deputy Commander and later the Commander of the 4th District and the Chief of the Investigative Services Bureau. Assistant Chief Lanham currently oversees the Patrol Services Bureau having been assigned there in March of 2018. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from the University of Maryland College Park and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 263.
Assistant Chief Marcus Jones, Montgomery County, MD Department of Police.
Assistant Chief Jones is a 33 year veteran of the department and currently oversees the Investigative Services Bureau. He has also served as the Commander of the 3rd District, Director of Major Crimes, Drug Enforcement Commander and a variety of other assignments. Assistant Chief Jones currently is a board member for the Governor’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Other responsibilities also include a board member of the Montgomery County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council. He helped to create an award winning Diversity Training program for the Police Department which he has taught to numerous Academy classes. Assistant Chief Jones is an adjunct instructor for the Leadership in Police Organizations three-week training course sponsored by the International Chiefs of Police. He is a former Chairman of the National Black Police Association and served on the Board of Directors for the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund and the Task Force on Mentoring in Montgomery County. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College and a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Shayla Davis; Community Organizer & Civil Rights Activist, Takoma Park Mobilization
Shayla Davis was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Lorton, Virginia. She is the current leader of the Ending Mass Incarceration working group within Takoma Park Mobilization. Ms. Davis has been advocating for police accountability with the Silver Spring Justice Coalition following the death of Robert White. She is currently enrolled in the Urban Sustainability Masters Program at Antioch University.
Joel Fendelman; Director, Producer, Editor, Cinematographer Joel Fendelman is an award-winning narrative and documentary filmmaker. He has premiered his films at prestigious film festivals across the globe and has won many recognitions such as the David L. Wolper IDA Documentary Award for “Man on Fire” and the Ecumenical Prize at the Montreal World Film Festival for his first narrative feature film “David”. His further achievements include premiering his short film “Game Night” at the Tribeca Film Festival and winning numerous awards for his second narrative feature film “Remittance,” including “Best Screenplay” at the Brooklyn Film Festival.
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.