The Film

For nine years, Gloria Turner has nurtured and loved what she has inherited: her family’s farm, a truck, and her great grandfather. On her great grandfather’s 100th birthday, she hires the “Cracker Man” to set off fireworks. His presence on the farm brings more than paper and powder, smoke and noise. The Cracker Man, a classic Southern drama, explores the emotions and actions of three characters whose lives are interwoven through celebration and tragedy in 1940s rural Alabama. Their lives are changed forever by the incendiary bursts of color that shoot through the sky.

The Filmmakers

  1. Bruce KuertenProducer
  2. John DiJulioProducer

Bruce Kuerten and John DiJulio wrote, produced, and edited The Cracker Man. They have written, produced and directed award-winning films that have been screened at the Chicago, Venice and New York Festivals, broadcast on PBS, the Turner Networks and the Discovery Networks. Two of their films, Lost in Time and First Frontier have been screened at the Smithsonian and toured with major exhibits. Their work on From Fields of Promise, the story of Gee’s Bend, received the Gold Medal at the New York Festivals, and was recognized for directorial achievement by the Directors Guild of America. Currently, they are working on La Frontera, a documentary about the Mexican-American border, and scripting Kitten on a Trampoline, a feature length, romantic comedy based on a story by best-selling author John D. MacDonald.