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DADDY DON'T GO is a documentary that chronicles the lives of 4 young men in NYC who are trying to be good dads against the odds.

A THANK YOU FROM OMAR AND ROY

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 Our Story

Daddy Don’t Go is a feature length documentary that captures a year in the lives of four young men in New York City as they struggle against poverty to reach their full potential as fathers. The film poses urgent questions that expand the ongoing national dialogue concerning fatherhood. Can a man be a good dad in spite of not being a great provider? How does being a father shift a man’s identity? In true vérité style, Daddy Don’t Go will capture the crucial, intimate father-child relationship over time and without censorship. Alex, Nelson, Omar and Roy shatter the deadbeat dad stereotype, redefining what it means to be a good father for all men.

Our Dads

Alex, 26, is a single father who lives with his toddler son in a Harlem shelter. Alex fought to keep his child out of the foster care system but now faces a new challenge to his family's well-being: possible jail time.

Nelson, 26, is a Latin King and full time father to his toddler son and two girls from his partner’s previous relationships. Money issues threaten the family’s stability but Nelson and his partner persevere with grace and humor.

Roy, 28, is an ex-offender who finds a second chance in his son’s loving arms. When a construction accident leaves him permanently disabled, Roy must move in with his parents and find a new way to support his family.

Omar, 36, is a single father who rescued his children from their abusive mother but now fights in court to maintain custody of his three troubled kids.

Political Context

Today, one out of every three children in America – over 24 million in total – lives in a home without their biological father present. When Obama launched the President’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative, he reflected that, “it’s time for a new conversation about fatherhood in this country.”

Across the political spectrum, absentee fathers are denounced as a leading social problem of today. Children who grow up without active fathers are more likely to live in poverty, do poorly in school, run afoul of the criminal justice system and become teenage parents. This is particularly true for New York City’s African American and Latino children where 54% and 43%, respectively, grow up in fatherless households.

Policy makers and activists across the country are looking for ways to reduce fatherlessness. Daddy Don’t Go will be a lightning rod for this much-needed conversation.

Access

Daddy Don’t Go is a collaborative effort between subject and filmmaker. The fathers and their children have fully embraced the filmmaking process, allowing unhindered access to their most intimate moments, even while in crisis. We are also filming many of the lawyers, social workers and counselors in our fathers’ lives to capture each story from all sides. After months of work by our stellar pro-bono attorneys, our production has gained rare access to film proceedings within the Bronx Family Court and Bronx Criminal Court. We feel deeply grateful towards our subjects and the court officials who have permitted us to film in these significant settings.

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Our promise

Every dollar that is given to us will go directly towards completing the film. We have supported our film independently for the past year and a half but now we need outside support or we will have to halt production. Your Kickstarter dollars will go towards ongoing shooting costs (equipment rental, transportation costs, production insurance, etc) and our edit which is already underway.  

With your backing, you will not only be making a vital contribution to the completion of our film, you will also be making a powerful statement that films like ours are wanted and needed. As a backer, you will have first-look access to our project as we near the finish line - and of course, the opportunity to see the film first, before it is released. Below are snapshots of a few of our cool rewards.

DADDY DON'T GO Postcards
DADDY DON'T GO Postcards
Pureland Rewind Reward
Pureland Rewind Reward
DADDY DON'T GO Art Book
DADDY DON'T GO Art Book

How Kickstarter works

Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative ideas and ambitious endeavors. Kickstarter is powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands. In other words, if we don’t raise our goal of $80,000, we lose everything. Once we have reached our goal we will contact you to get your address so we can send you your reward (s).

How to pledge

Just click the green “Back This Project” button in the upper right-hand corner. You will be asked to input your pledge amount and select a reward. From there, you will go through the Amazon checkout process. You must finish the Amazon checkout process for your pledge to be recorded.

What if we don't reach our goal?

If funding fails, all pledges are canceled and that's that. Your card is not charged, it’s like nothing ever happened. We hope this doesn’t happen! Those 30 days will fly by so please donate today!

Can we exceed our goal?

Yes, and we'd love to!

Can you donate in another person's name?

Of course! We will contact you once funding is complete to gather information so that we can get your incentives to you. Just let us know then the name you would like to donate under.

Can you donate outside of the US?

Yes and Yes! Just click on the Amazon Payment Button and you will see that you can pay with a credit card from any country. But you must finish the Amazon checkout process for your pledge to be recorded. If you have any problems just contact us.

Want to help but can't donate?

Become an Outreach Partner. Spread the word about the film in your community and receive a special Outreach Partner credit on our website. We’d love to discuss partnering with you, your organization, your community to help get the word out about the film. Please contact us and we’ll get the collaborative juices flowing!

And of course we need your help broadcasting the Kickstarter campaign. Facebook it. Tweet it. Sing it from the mountain tops.

Credits

  • Producer/Director - Emily Abt
  • Co-Director/Cinematographer/Editor - Andrew Nam Chul Osborne
  • Producer - Keryn Thompson
  • Executive Producer - Jennifer Fox
  • Coordinating Producer - Suzette Burton
  • Associate Producers - Ian Mark, Maria Sebastian, Sandra Fong, Tiffani Holland
  • Sound Recordists - Zach Bishop, Peter Chin, Emily Abt
  • 2nd Camera Operators - Robbie Gregson, Suzette Burton, Sandra Fong
  • Composer - Collin Ruffino
  • Art Director - Keryn Thompson
  • Legal - Robert L. Seigel
  • Accounting - Barry Kornblum

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

No one who makes an independent film is unaware of the risks and challenges. Everyone who has finished an independent film has learned to overcome them. Here are the main things that keep us up at night:

FINISHING - Will we be able to fund the project? Will we ever finish? This is where you come in. With your help, we can do it!

GETTING FOLKS TO SEE IT - How can we make sure our film reaches our target audience, especially dads who are in need of inspiration and are at risk of leaving? We have a plan for low-cost, wide distribution but we can’t do it alone. Anything you can do to help us spread the word about our film is greatly appreciated.

IMPACT - The ultimate challenge is to make a film that raises awareness, starts a conversation and has measurable impact. We are constantly reaching out to others in the father friendly community who share our commitment to this issue. We want our film to be a powerful resource for advocates and change-makers dedicated to promoting fatherhood so if that describes you, please reach out!

IN CONCLUSION - After working together for almost 2 years on DADDY DON'T GO, we’ve faced and overcome challenges again and again. We will never give up on our film but we do need your support to get us over the finish line. Thank you!

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