Univision-owned cable channel and digital net Fusion has commissioned Fatherless, an original hour-long documentary directed by Dawn Porter (Trapped) that follows actor Baron Vaughn (Grace & Frankie) as he searches for the father he never knew.
Produced by Big Beach TV Fatherless traces the actor and comedian in his mission to locate and reconnect his biological father, a man who left his mother before Vaughn was born. The film mixes personal interviews with his mother, friends, experts and colleagues in order to illustrate that circumstances don’t define the person you can become. The documentary also analyzes how Vaughn had to formulate his own construct of the black male identity, with no father to teach him.
Raised by a single mother in New Mexico and Las Vegas with the support of grandparents and great-grandparents, the documentary analyzes how Vaughn, in the absence of a father figure, formulated his own construct of the black male identity by turning to black comics like Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy and the Wayans brothers for guidance.
Vaughn, Porter and Bryan Carmel serve as executive producers. Fusion’s Anne Loder served as development director.
Prior to her film making career, Porter practiced law for five years and worked as Director of Standards and Practices at ABC News and as the Vice President of Standard and Practices at A&E Television Networks. Since her transition into the film industry, Porter has already caused major waves in the film community and is making her mark. Her 2013 documentary, Gideon’s Army won the Sundance Film Festival Editing Award and the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and an Emmy. She also directed and produced Spies of Mississippi, a documentary that was part of ITVS’ 2014 Independent Lens series on PBS, and directed Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper which chronicled President Obama’s program to help young men and boys of color succeed. Porter then returned to Sundance to debut her 2nd feature length documentary, Trapped, at Sundance Film Festival in January 2016.
Fatherless, a Fusion TV original documentary, premieres April 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Be sure to tune in!