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Grieving Fathers - Portraits Of Love And Gratitude
I lost my son/soul mate - Gianni Manganelli - at the age of twenty-three. I witnessed the perfection of his first breath, first crawl, first steps, the day he discovered his own shadow. His seven year-old soul that wrote: "Words and letters are idea nets that catch poems." This grief is unimaginable, shattering. Belief systems challenged, the empirical explored - the spiritual and the scientific. The very foundation of life itself. The most profound questions mankind has asked, from the time of Paleolithic cave drawings to the now merging of science and spirituality. Who are we? Why are we?
The death of our child is the most life-altering and transforming of events - yet, almost completely absent is the particular exploration of Fatherly grief in film, television, educational tools, or photographic exploration. Where's the biblical Joseph? What happened to him? Mary's grief at the foot of the cross is largely explored, engrained in the Judeo-Christian consciousness. What do we know about Joseph's grief? His loss? Fathers fix things. How do we fix the death of our child? How do we fix ourselves?
What is Grieving Fathers?
1. A compelling and aesthetic documentary film, both in theatrical and television venues of Fathers - from all walks of life and from all corners of the globe - the poet, professor, scientist, musician, construction worker, artist, athlete, executive or farmer.
2. A photo-journalistic exploration - in environmental portraits - of the Fathers, to be exhibited in fine art photo galleries (with accompanying photo book and text).
3. A "Living Archive" via a web-based, interactive digital platform - that memorializes the grief experience through legacy, educational and therapeutic tools - to grow, expand and deepen this experience to all who seek it, in perpetuity. Modeled after The Washington Project for the Arts (WPA), Steven Spielberg's,"Schindler" Bequest and The US Holocaust Museum, the Living Archive is a global resource for therapists, teachers, students, scholars - and the bereaved.
Fathers, please send a description of your story in any format: video journal, summary, essay, book, etc. that provides your child's and your narrative. Our production schedule is fluid and we are still inviting submissions.
Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org