WHY IS THIS THE CRITICAL ISSUE?
82.3% is the number of African American children born since 1990 that will not live in the same home as their biological fathers before graduating High School. Today, a generation of African American youth, have not had sustained access to positive paternal or male role models. Consequently, the concept of a residential father is often too removed from these children’s reality. Many of us know the statistics; too many of us have attempted to affect the multiple social, economic and educational dilemmas facing the African American community.Through outreach media, iYAGO Entertainment Group has dedicated its works to familial healing and reconciliation.
WHAT IS DEAR DADDY ABOUT?
Dear Daddy is a feature length documentary about the life long effects of fatherlessness on women. The film follows the dramatic journeys of eight young women from the tough city streets of Washington,DC as they struggle to overcome poverty, poor educational systems, no healthcare, and the most difficult life circumstance they have been dealt... the absence of their fathers.
Dear Daddy is not only about the struggles to survive and navigate as a young woman of color, but at its core, it’s about the importance of a father's role in the lives of their daughters.
Dear Daddy will be segmented as follows:
LETTER WRITING HOUR - Mr. Morton will meet with no more than 10 you African American women ages 14-24 who have grown up with no, over very limited fatherly contact and give a classroom assignment to share their thoughts feelings and emotions in a letter to their fathers.
LETTER READING - Immediately following the LETTER WRITING HOUR, each young woman will read back to the camera their letters.
INTERVENTION SESSIONS - A 20-25 on camera interview between Mr. Morton and each of the contributors, to examine further the nuances, subtleties and meaning behind what the young ladies have expressed on camera
FINDING FATHER - Mr. Morton will utilize investigative tools to locate, secure meetings with, and film a session with the young women's father. Together they will watch Mr. Morton’s interview with their daughters and critical segments from the letter session and get the father’s perspective on his absence. Ultimately the goal is to have reconciliatory intervention session between Father and Daughter on camera.
WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
Our IndieGOGO proposal is to cover approximately one-half of our marketing and promotional outreach budget. This to include (but not limited to)
- Press Kit
- DVD Production
- DVD Promotional Give-Aways
- Print Advertising
- Broadcast Advertising
- Radio Advertising
- Event Planner
- Event Expenses
- Theater Rental
PROJECTED THEATRICAL PREMIERE COSTS
As we look at making this project and ask for your financial support, we want to lay out a plan for making back the money that will be spent on the production. iYAGO Entertainment Group has funded all production, marketing and promotional cost of it’s previous four films since its founding.We have always covered our production costs through local showings and DVD sales. The challenge has always been marketing and promoting additional film premieres in cities around the country. This is our continued goal for Dear Daddy, only on an expanded level. Our promotional budget is considerably larger than that of any previous project, because of our plans to host premieres of Dear Daddy in Washington, Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Atlanta and New York. Conversely, our marketing plan must also be more extensive.To cover theater rental, print, broadcast and online media, outreach media, travel, and other contingency expenses, we estimate a cost of $2000 per city. We need your contributions so that these cities and others can host individual premieres/community based discussions and begin a successful National dialogue around the issue of Father/Daughter reconciliation.