Ulysses “Butch” Slaughter, local author and filmmaker, brings the Faces of our Fathers Film Festival to Neumann University on Thursday, October 3, at 7 p.m.
The festival features thought-provoking and diverse films based around fathers and fatherhood. It is meant not only to highlight emerging filmmakers to the general public but to encourage student artists to integrate the timeless issues of fatherhood into their filmmaking. The presentation will feature four short films, poetic interludes and a question-and-answer segment with the filmmakers behind the productions.
The stories include Slaughter’s film about his own painful past. When Slaughter was only 12 years old, his father killed his mother while he was in the house listening.
“I hated [my father] for a very, very long time,” said Slaughter. “Ultimately, together, we were able to rewrite our story. We were able to find healing. My hope is that our story will serve as an inspiration for to anyone struggling with forgiveness.”
Other films tell the story of a father of six who discovers a strange baby in the back seat of his taxi, the tale of a drug dealer who adopts a little girl whose mother is addicted to his drugs, and the account of a Christian who is intolerant of his father’s hospital help.
“That’s why I call it Faces of Our Fathers,” Slaughter explained. “There are infinite faces and infinite stories. Anyone who attends this campus screening will experience a range of emotions. People will laugh, cry, scream, shout and even be surprised. I am confident that everyone who attends will want to do it again.”
Slaughter says a college campus is one of the best places to bring up deep discussion on topics such as fathers because of its diversity. “Campuses are diverse in their own ways. You get students from all around the world in addition to faculties with rich experiences. For all the diversity, we all have one thing in common. We all have some kind of father story.”
The Film Festival, which is free and open to the public, will be held on the Fred P. Meagher Theatre in the Bruder Life Center at Neumann University. For more information, contact 267-318-0117.
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