There are a lot of single fathers out there as fifty two percent of marriages end in divorce. Often in these cases there are custody battle issues and the children end up paying the price. The court system can be unfair to both mothers and fathers, but most often it is the father who is denied his parental rights, even when he is the more capable parent.
Once, being a father was considered noble, but now in much of modern society it is overlooked or even frowned upon. Nicholas Tutora wrote the movie ‘Fathers' to tell the story of the unique challenges fathers go through when fighting for their right to be a dad. Often when parents enter court, the mother is automatically assumed to be the more capable parent, and fathers are left having to prove they are worthy of raising their own children.
Single fathers in the modern world have to do it all, earn a living, raise the kids and try to establish a new life and relationship. Yet as they do this they can be disrupted at a moment’s notice by endless, unneeded and expensive court proceedings, many times with no real cause.
JCFilms upcoming movie ‘Fathers’ tells the story of these custody struggles from the dads point of view. The film does not imply mothers don’t face challenges too, but the fathers side of the story is rarely heard and is easily marginalized. Just look at most TV shows or commercials, the dad is always some kind of bumbling fool who needs someone else to show him what to do.
The financial stress custody battles cause is very real. Often a father will end up spending money he could have saved for his child's education on legal fees. Custody battles born of bitterness can end up causing chaos for all involved, and before you know it all the precious years of childhood have gone by.
"When my fellow writers and I started discussing the idea for the film, we quickly found out just how many men have a version of the story’, Tutora says. Never have we heard a dad say “yes, the court system was completely fair to me.”
We hear men say “I’ve been there.” Or “the same thing happened to me.” It is remarkable how many men have gone through this experience. Maybe you know one? The more the story developed the more we realized how important it is to tell this story. And this story stretches across racial and socio-economic lines. Rich dads and poor dads are equally effected.
“If our movie brings these struggles light and helps even one child from having to go through the pain of a bitter custody battle, it is worth it”, says Nicholas Tutora Director and co-writer of ‘Fathers’. “Our film is a mirror, perhaps someone will see their own negative behavior in it and will decide to change course; overcome the need to win, and do what’s right for their child”, Tutora goes on to say. The movie is about what it takes to be a good parent, and how children need good parenting.
Tutora continues that “being that 52% of marriages end in divorce, the story of ‘Fathers’ touches everyone.” Many adults and children have lived it or know people who have. These custody wars effect everyone and often leave people alienated.
‘Fathers’ explores how dads must persevere, and how good moms can come to the rescue of children who may be their child’s playmate or friend at school. This story happens every day, yet no one ever wants to talk about it, until now! ‘Fathers’ is JCFilms Phoenix Production Club's first film. It will be filmed in early September 2021 and be released early 2022. JC Films President, Jason Campbell, has the vision to bring such an important story to light. JC Films is all about faith, family and freedom. Through the release of “Fathers’ JCFilms hopes to play a part in healing the hearts of those suffering in silence. Sometimes just acknowledging the truth of what goes on is the first step in finding peace and wholeness. ‘Fathers’ is a pro-family movie and it underscores the need for children to have both parents in their lives and how no one can ever replace mom or dad. Our hope is that this film will open some eyes and have a lasting impact.