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Upcoming Documentary Set In Cleveland To Focus On Importance Of Fatherhood
January 30, 2012
A staggering 24 million children are living in homes without their biological fathers but one filmmaker in Cleveland is hoping an upcoming documentary shines a much-needed spotlight on fatherhood – and to hopefully narrow the large gap between fathers and their children.
Marquette Williams, an Ohio native now living in Los Angeles, and his Greenhouse Studios is working in conjunction with Ohio production team Cinema 2:16 to produce a documentary titled “Fatherhood 101 “ to be shot over the next several months. Profiling the lives of six fathers and including testimonials from other dads who are a part of the Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative, Williams hopes to shoot the bulk of the documentary over the next seven months and premiere the film on Father’s Day of 2013.
“As men, we come to be defined by the money in our pocket, not because of the time we put in with our kids," said Williams, himself a father of three children. "I want to show the positive side of fatherhood and also some of the challenges men face.”
Aldonis Grimes, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative, is hopeful that the film will have a powerful impact in helping to eliminate father absence. “This film is about the importance of fathers being involved in their children's lives," Grimes said. "We are going to have some high-profile fathers from around the county giving testimonials.”
The filmmakers have reached out to celebrity fathers, including getting commitments from current NBA player Grant Hill and his former pro football star father Calvin Hill.
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