MisterDuke Productions, LLC has joined forces with LT4 Productions, an independent film production and consultation company based in Louisville, KY, to produce the upcoming sci-fi narrative short Fatherless, about a young physicist with a troubled past who seeks to develop time travel in an attempt to fix his childhood. As he discovers his theory may be more practical than he originally expected, he must choose between repairing his own life and fixing the lives of others. Fatherless stars award-winning actor Chad Eric Smith alongside Michael Mau. William M. Crouch wrote the original screenplay and was the film's director. Clifton Radford served as Director of Photography. Fiscal sponsorship provided by the Louisville Film Society. Principal photography took place in July 2019 with a release expected in early 2020.
Fatherlessness has become an epidemic in America, with roughly 25% of all children growing up without the consistent influence of a dedicated father figure. For generations, we have tried to turn a blind eye to this issue, hoping it would rectify itself in time. Unfortunately, this trend has continued and creates long term effects that hinder the lives of its victims, the children. Numerous studies have demonstrated fatherless children demonstrate an exponentially-higher likelihood of engaging in gang activity, developing substance dependency issues, requiring treatment for serious mental health issues, attempting suicide, maintaining unhealthy relationships, and creating problems in friendships and family relations. While fatherlessness has become a staple in representations of our culture, these depictions rarely open the dialogue on how we as a society can aim to solve the problem and help the victims. Fatherless aims to do just that, prompting an important discussion and promoting the need for change.