‘Name Change,’ a teaser for Project Dad, Published on the New York Times Op-Docs
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Filmmaker Sharon Shattuck hailed from a conservative Midwestern town where everyone knew everyone else’s business. But she thought she had a secret: her dad was transgender.
Project Dad (working title), produced by Sharon and Brooke Brewer, and a Co-Production of Wicked Delicate Films (Co-creators of King Corn; The City Dark, The Greening of Southie), follows the filmmaker’s quest to understand her dad’s side of the story through a two-way dialogue. At turns humorous and heartwarming, the film uses a mix of footage shot by the filmmaker, and point-of-view flip-camera footage shot by her subjects, to answer the question, “What does it take to be a family?” Springing from her experiences growing up in a supportive family surrounded by outside misunderstanding, the filmmaker seeks out other children of non-traditional families, expectant LGBT parents, family law experts, and politicians from both sides of the fence, to craft a film that is national in scope, and centered on hope and redemption.
Project Dad, filmed in full HD with a rustic, cinematic soundtrack by musician Chris Bathgate, and intricate painted animations, invites a broad audience to experience what it’s like to grow up a little bit different, and to see what a joy that difference can be.
THIS PROJECT IS IN THE PRODUCTION PHASE. In the next six months, we will build the narrative into a layered, multi-person assembly, by adding interviews with key politicians, spokespeople, townspeople, and members of other non-traditional families across the country. We also plan to launch an interactive webspace featuring flip-cam footage shot by members of non-traditional families around the world. We envision these shared experiences becoming a collage of voices collectively demonstrating the successes and challenges that non-traditional family members face.
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