What is "Dear Dad,":
“Dear Dad,” is a documentary that peeks into the lives of your friends, brothers, cousins, co-workers, sons, and uncles. You'll meet 10 diverse same gender loving men living in "Black Gay Mecca"; Atlanta, GA. “Dear Dad,”aims to give same gender loving men a platform to tell their varying yet universal stories about their relationship with their father and how it has shaped them as men. We'll meet these men, learn a little about who they are and what they do. Then, we'll delve into their relationship with their father (good, bad or indifferent). They'll read their "Dear Dad," letter and decide if they will send the letter to their father. A follow up project entitled "Dear Son," will be produced for those who decided to send their letters.
Why does this film need to be made?
Same gender loving people are met with a variety of challenges. Same gender loving black men are met with a particularly unique set of social and systematic challenges that impact how we experience life. Arguably a central figure in a young mans rearing is his father, especially young men of color. Add not being heterosexual to the equation and a lot of these young men lose a connection with their father early on and are pushed into manhood feeling unloved, alone or literally fatherless. On the other hand there are fathers out there that fully support and embrace their same gender loving sons. Both stories offer something substantial to share with audiences. This film is for the hundreds of thousands of young gay men who are afraid to broach their sexuality to their fathers and families, those who sit silently at the dinner table, those who chose to take their own lives as opposed to deciding to live theirs authentically. They need to see beyond the idea of it simply getting better with time. The project is about claiming your experiences, expelling your hurt, honoring, appreciating and sharing.
Why we need your help?
- Production Costs: Equipment Rentals, Travel
- Post-production Costs: Editing
- Promotions/distribution Costs: Marketing Materials, Hosting a Screening Events, Film Festival Submissions and Travel.
We hope that by sharing the unique narratives of these diverse men they'll continue to explore, critique, mend and or maintain their relationships with their father.
We hope by watching the film people with parallel experiences will consider sharing their stories and participating in this ongoing movement.
We want fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, uncles, co-workers, friends, and foes to see how love (in abundance or scarcity) shapes who we are and how we experience the world.
Ultimately, the documentary is meant to help these men and men like them appreciate what gave them hope and heal what gave them hurt.
- (40 days)