Update- July 16,2015 By Lauren R.D. Fox
The “Daddy Don’t Go” documentary’s Kickstarter campaign was overwhelmingly successful with over 600 backers and it raised $83,388 in funds. To add to the documentary’s laurels, award-winning actor Omar Epps has joined the project as the Executive Producer. Coming off the heels of his hit ABC show, “Resurrection,” Epps signed on as the Executive Producer for the film because of his own development growing up without a father and being a Black father in today’s society.
In a statement, Epps shared, “Being the product of a fatherless household, ‘Daddy Don’t Go’ delves into an issue that’s close to my heart. In the media, we’re always inundated with the notion that black men and/or men from impoverished areas are absent fathers. Though that may be true to an extent, there are also thousands of young men fighting to be active fathers in their children’s lives. This fact gets smothered in the media by rampant negative imagery of black men and fatherless children. ‘Daddy Don’t Go’ chronicles the journeys of four such men and their respective battles to parent their children. It’s time men like these have a platform and a voice to challenge the statistics and common ideology about the issue of fatherhood.”
For more information on the film’s development, click here.
Original Report- November 6, 2013 By Veronica Wells
So often we hear about the fathers that aren’t there for their children. And contrary to what you believe, it’s not just a black or minority issue. There are countless families of all races and ethnicities who struggle with the issue of fatherlessness.
A new documentary Daddy Don’t Go attempts to challenge that stereotype, documenting a year in the lives of four fathers in New York City as they attempt to overcome various obstacles.The film is being produced and directed by Emily Abt, whose work has been featured on PBS, MTV and Showtime.
Abt has created a Kickstarter campaign to help finance the completion of the documentary. In just a day backers pledged over $20,000. The fundraising goal is $80,000. The funds will go toward further shooting costs as well as editing.
Check out the compelling trailer for the documentary in the video below.