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By John Finch
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About this project

A man walking lost through life searching for something big enough to fill the void in his heart, the size of a dad. The imprint of a father. Three years ago, John Finch stumbled onto a path that led to a journey finding forgiveness for the father no longer in his life. Typical to a journey, a discovery was made that captured John’s attention and owned his passion. What he found was a common wound, an epidemic among kids and adults. This story may be about one man, John, but it echoes of millions that have grown up without a father and the wound left as a result. It is a film certain to change the lives of children because of its directed aim at the hearts of fathers.

THE FATHER EFFECT: The full-length documentary will tell John Finch’s story of growing up without a father, the wound and the resulting incredible effect left in the wake of forgiveness. Featuring John as narrator, the film is set to tell the story of how growing up without a father shaped his life as a boy, a man, and a father.  His year spent interviewing and conversing with hundreds about their "father stories", and the wealth of knowledge gained from each, inspired John to tell these stories, along with his own, for the benefit of men and their families.  The film will be filled with invaluable advice and insight from experts and poignant and unique stories from other people about how their fathers shaped, impacted and influenced their lives. The theme of redemption and forgiveness runs common through the healing wounds of these real stories. The Father Effect is a long reaching story, far beyond the immediate, into the lives of children who will grow to be adults one day soon, and will live out the effect of their father's impact. Simply and directly, it is a story that needs to be told for the sake of families now and in the future.

WHY ARE WE MAKING THE FILM

There are millions of fathers who have no idea how much they mean to their kids. Actions and words are not given the value they deserve by fathers. Commonly, these are undervalued leaving children unsupported properly and largely left to their own. We are making this film to create an awareness of the significant role that dads play in the lives of their children and to help men become better fathers. We want to capture the critical and powerful impact of fathers in a film so compelling that it creates intentional and purposeful actions by the men who watch it. We hope to ignite a movement of fathers who live in daily awareness of the influence they have on their kids so that they will become great fathers.  For those men struggling with father issues of their own, it is our desire that through this message of healing and forgiveness, they can truly change their legacy as a father.

OUR GOAL FOR THE FILM

Simply put, we want to get the film out to as many people as possible. The more fathers that we can get to see this film, the more families that can be positively changed by its message. The universal message for all fathers about forgiveness, healing, and a new legacy and hope for the future is one needed to be received. In today's new distribution environment for independent films, filmmakers can take an active role in distributing their films. We will explore all distribution options including showing the film in colleges, churches, prisons, synagogues, temples, addiction treatment facilities and more. And we plan on taking the film to film festivals throughout the country.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Every dollar helps and this film is only going to be possible with your help. The more people who participate, the more chance we have of getting the story out. To help, please donate, share on Twitter, "Like" us on Facebook, email this Kickstarter link and let your friends, family, supporter groups, and co-workers know about the film and this campaign. On top of it all, nothing works quite as effectively as local, word of mouth support. We need for people to get involved on a local level. If you know of any church, non-profit, treatment center, or other organizations that would be willing to show the film, please email john@thefathereffectmovie.com to get more information and become involved.

FAQ’s

WHAT IS KICKSTARTER?

Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every month tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, art, film, technology, design, food, and other creative fields. Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires.

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON’T REACH OUR GOAL?

If we don't reach our goal, we don't get anything. Donors pledge the amounts, but don't actually pay until the goal is reached and the funding deadline has passed. We want to avoid this so please spread the word. Every dollar helps!

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE REACH MORE THAN OUR GOAL?

Kickstarter will allow as much money to be given before the deadline. If we reach more than the goal, the additional funds will go towards educational resources including a Small Group Curriculum, a Webinar Series, and a Father Stories DVD and Book based on the interviews about fathers and the many messages told through them.  

IS MY DONATION TAX DEDUCTIBLE?

Yes, the non-profit, The Perfect Father, is making the film and is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit. All donations will be tax deductible.

IF I DONATE, WHEN WILL I GET MY INCENTIVE?

All incentives, big and small, will only happen if our goal is met. If we do meet our goal, immediately after our deadline we will start to manufacture and ship all physical merchandise directly to you. It will be our priority to schedule the more personal incentives as soon as possible.

CAN I GIFT AN INCENTIVE?

Yes! Great idea. If you would like to donate to the film but give the reward to someone as a gift, go through all the normal process of making a donation in your name. For billing purposes, this action must be in your name. After our deadline, we will send a message to you on Kickstarter. (It will be forwarded to the email address you provided) We will request things like your t-shirt size and address from you at that time. Please reply with all the person’s information that is to receive the reward. We will make sure they are the person who receives the reward.

HOW DO WE CONTACT YOU?

You can contact us at johnfinch@theperfectfather.org for any additional information or questions.

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

  • Movie Website Design & Implementation 
  • Marketing & Distributing costs
  • Movie Pre-Production & Post-Production 
  • Filming and Editing
  • Location Shoots
  • Actors Fees
  • Music Licensing
  • Graphic & Design for promotional items
  • Additionally, a portion of funds will be used to purchase dvd's, t-shirts, and other merchandise as well as shipping costs for incentives.

SOCIAL MEDIA SITES:

John Finch on Facebook

John Finch on Twitter 

The Father Effect on Facebook 

The Father Effect on Twitter 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE FILM MAKERS: 

The Four Story Creative team has over 75 years of combined experience in telling our clients' stories through the powerful tools of media, film, television and games. We’ve worked with such clients as Ford Motor Company, Miller Brewing, Ingersoll, ESPN, AT&T, Midwest Airlines and others. Four Story Creative is committed to partnering with our clients to capture and communicate their unique story in a compelling, effective and memorable way.

The staff of Four Story has been recognized in the industry on a local, regional and international level including a nomination for Best Editor at the International Monitor Awards. Four Story Creative is also the producer of "Last Stop," an official selection of The Heartland Film Festival, finalist in the USA Film Festival and winner of LifeTree Film Fest in 2011.

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