When Nick was six years old, he and his two older brothers were set on fire by their white stepfather.
Now in his early forties, Nick is a retired Marine, small business owner and raising two sons that are the same age he and his brothers were when they were set ablaze.
A Childhood on Fire is a film about the father figures who violated Nick, the effects that abuse had on Nick’s sense of self and security, and the ways he is interrupting a cycle of violence so that his two boys thrive.
At its core, the film wonders, what do you do when you're constantly told you're disposable? Can you reparent yourself? If so, what could that look like?
A Childhood on Fire was commissioned by The Guardian’s Documentaries Division.
SFFILM’s Doc Stories 2019
DOC NYC 2019 -Special Jury Mention
Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2019
Directed and Produced: Jason Hanasik
Executive Producers for The Guardian: Charlie Phillips and Jacqueline Edenbrow
Executive Producer for The Filmmaker Fund: Minette Nelson
Cinematography, Sound & Editing: Jason Hanasik
Supervising Editor: Abbi Jutkowitz
Original Score: Nicholas Pavkovic
Sound Design: James LeBrecht
Audio Post Production: Berkeley Sound Artists
Recording Mixer: James LeBrecht
Sound Effects & Dialogue Editor: William Sammons
Color Correction: Jason Hanasik
Production Designers: Daniel Goldstein and Jason Lahman
Special Effects Supervisor: Jason Lahman
Additional Support: The Filmmaker Fund
Archival Materials: Nick Hurndon and Sgt. Kevin Miller
Title Design: Josh Silverman