Friday, May 27, 2022

Omar Epps Joins Documentary About Fatherlessness as Executive Producer

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Omar Epps Joins Powerful Documentary About Fatherlessness as Executive Producer

*Brooklyn, NY – Daddy Don’t Go captures two years in the lives of four disadvantaged fathers in New York City as they fight to defy the odds against them.

And the odds are real – men living in poverty are more than twice as likely to become absent fathers than their middle-class peers (U.S. Census Bureau).

Prolific television and film actor Omar Epps has joined on as Executive Producer for the documentary film, “Daddy Don’t Go.” Epps is an award-winning actor who recently starred in ABC’s drama “Resurrection.”

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Actor Omar Epps Joins Powerful Documentary About Fatherlessness as Executive Producer

Epps also played a pivotal role in the powerhouse hit Fox medical drama “House” for eight seasons for which he received an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” in both 2007 and 2008.

The highly successful series was Emmy nominated for “Outstanding Drama Series” from 2006-2009. As someone who grew up fatherless, the issues in “Daddy Don’t Go” resonate with Epps personally and are close to his heart.

“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.” – Omar Epps

The subjects in “Daddy Don’t Go” shatter the “deadbeat dad” stereotype. Alex is a single father of West Indian descent who lives with his toddler son “Junior” in a decaying Harlem shelter.

He successfully keeps Junior out of the foster care system for two years but then faces a new challenge to his family’s well-being: possible jail time. Nelson is a former Latin King gang member and full-time daddy to his young son and his partner Rebecca’s two daughters. Nelson is adamant about staying away from the lure of “street life” even in the face of unemployment.

Roy is a Caucasian ex-offender who won full custody of his toddler son when the boy’s mother succumbed to drug addiction. Roy and Caiden now live with his parents as Roy tries to overcome his criminal past as well as a troubled relationship with his own father.

Omar is an African-American father of three who rescued his children from their abusive mother but now struggles to keep them in his care.

By allowing the viewer extraordinary access into the lives of its subjects, “Daddy Don’t Go” offers audiences an intimate look at the obstacles that countless disadvantaged fathers face in trying to parent their children.

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Emily Abt was named one of Variety’s “Ten Directors to Watch.” She founded the Brooklyn based production company Pureland Pictures, as well as produced and directed documentaries for PBS, OWN, MTV, Showtime and the Sundance Channel.

Her last feature film “Toe to Toe,” written and directed by Abt, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009 and was distributed by Strand Releasing in 2010. “Audrey’s Run,” Abt’s new narrative feature, will go into production in 2016 and stars Paula Patton and Mike Epps. Abt is represented by Ava Greenfield at ICM.



Keryn Thompson
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