Sunday, April 27, 2008

If You Believe In The Mission...

Hey there!

I don't normally use this venue for fundraising purposes, but the honest truth is that in order to really achieve the goal of getting the film released for Father's Day 2010, some extra ampage in this department is needed.

For this Father's Day I'm shooting to raise $10,000, which will help sustain production needs for a time. (The total budget is going to be considerably more.) With this goal in mind, I've created a 'ChipIn' widget:

This widget is also now placed on the official Evo Dad site and can be copied and pasted elsewhere.

If you believe in what I'm trying to achieve - that it's possible to redefine what it means to be a dad for a lot of people and to get more dads involved with their kids - then I'm asking for your financial help. I know many of you reading this are not rolling in cash but even a few bucks would help. For the price of a cab ride, a movie ticket or a Big Mac, you can make a difference with this project.

Of course, if you are inspired to want to contribute further, larger contributions are completely tax deductible here.

I don't like lots of solicitations myself, but forgive me for an occasional ask. It's really the only way to get this film done the way it deserves. Thanks so much!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

A Picture Is A Thousand Words INDEED!

Hey there!

There's a photo book about fathers, called Fatherhood Inc., which you should be aware about. Go here to sample some pages of it. They're really quite amazing, touching and profound. Robert Houser is one talented photographer. Kudos to him for putting this out. It's a must-read for all involved dads. Check it out!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Tell Tale Dad

While on the Path train yesterday I happened to sit next to a father with his six-year-old son. We were in the front train and the son was watching with rapt attention through the glass as the train moved forward through the tunnel.

"After we make this turn, the train's gonna speed up. See?" the dad expressed to his son as the train did exactly what he predicted.

The son's arm was against his dad's side. This was a real father-son moment. All I could do was smile and create a mental note to take my elder son on the front train next time we trekked into the city together.

What's also interesting to me about this moment is that even though I knew nothing about this father and son, aside from this interaction, it was incredibly evident how close they are. Contrast this with a father and his eight-year-old son that I happened to come across while filming a week ago. They were playing catch at a local ball field and I was excited to get some good shots of them in this iconic setting. I asked to get a portrait of this pair and it was so evident how uncomfortable they were standing next to each other and how much distance lay between them. Needless to say, it wasn't a heartwarming shot.

Kids don't lie. When they are loved, they love and when they aren't...

Anyway, it's little moments like these, good and bad, that continue to fuel the fire for this project. When all is said and done, my hope is that more dads will be on that train, explaining what's coming up around the bend to their kids. It would be a better world.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Hope On The Playground

Hey, isn't it great how the weather is turning? FINALLY! My G-d, I feel like we've been stuck in an early March holding pattern with an occasional turn towards the runway of warmth only to be snatched up again by brisk winds. But now it looks like we're definitely landing. Say goodbye to trying to stuff your kids into car seats with winter coats or the extra blanket layers in the stroller or being stuck interminably inside with the kids bouncing around like pop rocks.

Anyway, given the improved climate, Charlie dragged me off to the playground late this afternoon. He demanded that we take 1) his bike 2) his baby and 3) his life-sized rubber ducky. I drew the line at the duck. The kid wasn't thrilled but he knew who was boss (yeah, right:)

There is a point to all of this. We were at the playground when another little girl came over to Charlie as he was prepping his baby doll for a drop down the slide. Her mother was in tow and she asked her mother what he was doing.

"He's training to be a daddy."

This was an evolved mom. Previously, I had actually filmed Charlie taking care of his baby with him explaining that he's training to be a daddy. It's good to see that we're not the only ones who get this notion. There's hope, yet.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

A Brief Update and Reminder

Hey out there!

Well, it's been a busy week for all things dad over here. We are hard at work editing the teaser trailer for the project, which will be presented a short time before Father's Day, so get psyched! It's going to be really something special and we can't wait to share it!

Also, a reminder about this weekend's Fatherhood Conference in NYC. It should an amazing conference.

Now back to the editing room...

Thursday, April 3, 2008

SEEKING: a good PR person

This is a shout out for help: We're looking for a good PR person to help with a promotional campaign we're prepping for around Father's Day this year. If you are such a person and/or know someone to recommend, I'd love to hear from you at Thanks so much in advance!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

When Moms 'Get it'

Hey there!

I don't usually quote from comments people leave when they join the project's mailing list, but the one we received this morning was so eloquent and heartfelt, it really needs to be shared. Even more importantly, it comes from a mom who 'gets it.'

As I've written before, only when moms and dads work together can change really have a chance to happen. Thanks, Cindi, for the reminder of how important this really is. It's moms like yourself who are going to make the difference.

Anyway, here's what she wrote:

I ran across Dr. Kyle Pruett’s video on the “Importance of Dads” on the web page. I can't express to you the joy I felt watching this clip. It supports what I have believed for a longtime, that men who become dads, are considered and treated by society as non-essential in their children’s lives. That the mothers are considered to be the most important person to their children, when in reality, if you look at the stats they speak volumes as to how important these men are in the day to day lives of their children. Dr. Pruett caught my attention immediately when he stated this fact. I have witnessed first hand what happens to our children when a positive male role model is absent in the lives of their children. I equate this to the fact that many young women from broken homes who were without the benefit of a father in their life repeat their fate on their children by having children too young and trying to find something of their own to love. I believe this is due to the absence of the positive male in their lives. This cycle needs to stop. Thank you, I am going to find the full video and book if I can. Oh, did I mention that I am a woman, a daughter, a wife, a mother and a grandmother. Our Dad's are very important.