Documentary Filmmaker: Film & TV Mimi Machado-Luces

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Documentary Filmmaker: Film & TV Mimi Machado-Luces
How to Make It In Film consists of a series of behind the scenes interviews with regional, national and international filmmakers, editors, directors, writers, cinematographers, producers and many others who work in the film industry. Each program includes questions taken from a live studio audience consisting of students in the film and film studies division at George Mason University. Covering all aspects of the filmmaking process, each program is designed to enlighten students and take them through all the steps to Make It in Film. From the roles of sound editors to assistant directors, scriptwriters to location managers, cinematographers to producers, webisode producers to film critics and documentary filmmakers to actors, they’ll discover the role of each position and what it takes to Make It in the business. MIMI MACHADO-LUCES, Emmy, Telly and ProMax award winning; Producer, Writer, Director of documentary films, television programs, health education films, commercial advertisements and television promotion spots. She won critical acclaim with La Vida in Black, a character portrait of Afro-Latinos living in the Americas.

welcome to George Mason University studio a my name is Rick Davis and today our guest is Emmy award-winning director producer writer Mimi Machado lusus what got you interested in this business in the first place um Barbara Walters I just remember her anchoring the news and saying wow she gets to interview people like Menachem Begin and presidents and Michael Jackson and Bob Marley and it was kind of fun and I said you know I want to interview people like that when I grow up and I want to do it in television how did you get into documentary filmmaking Wow BTW jazz I went I went back to work at bay to jazz after my son turned three and I begged my way into creative services at Beauty jazz and my manager director there was had been my manager director years before when I had worked for BT regular and at bt jazz it there was only two people watching so at the time it was called bet on jazz and we had not a lot of programming and I came up with some fun ideas to go out to wolf trap and interview artists to try and get some commercials have somebody like seal or Al Jarreau or somebody of that caliber saying hi I'm al jarreau and you're watching BTW jazz they turned into interviews and they turned into a show and so I started doing I created a show at bt jazz called profiles at wolf trap huh your Emmy is for fossils Latinos yes which is was that your next project um no in between there to toe pointed juniors attorney called me after seeing Cuban music crossing borders and asked me to do a tribute to Tito Puente with his son because he had seen my other show profiles show on the channel and I did that and somewhere in there Tito Puentes music was all about dancing and i am a cell suphan mm-hmm so I i used to i will i still do i have a cheers downtown in DC called havana village that i inhabit and love to go in there and dance every month or so once a month i have to take my havana village break and so i was in there and I said you know I asked the owner if I could come in and shoot and pazzos Latinos kind of came alive and I started looking for the best Latin dancers it like kind of do a history and I found cute the original Cuban Pete and he agreed to have me come to Florida and interview him and I went to Florida interviewed him and passos became this like just a I don't know it kind of blossomed into what I thought it was going to be originally was I was going to do some segments on different dancers that were world-class that were Latin dancers and it turned into just a bunch of stuff about Latin dance bashas Latinos are stocked and natural heritage

Pacific filmmakers across Oceania show their films at the FIFO Film Festival in Tahiti

Highlights from FIFO film festival in Tahiti.
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or someone ladies and gentlemen you service used to rock over to the fresh TV no miss them sensibly and it tough to mas before is an Australian documentary film festival that is held in French Polynesia once a year there's a lot of filmmakers coming from all over the Pacific that come and showcase their Pacifica films and then there's also meetings and workshops where the public can come and learn editing TV story making 3d modeling and sound editing there's just also a lot of screening going on viewing from the tribulations of this we are the different two worlds yeah then it is only him who actually wrote out the plans they're born here they speak Sauron does that suggest that they still not considered someone hi my name is ritu and I'm co-director is stuff called here the documentary but Dicky did I come too far to Kiki only patootie key is about the traditional art of tattoo from Marcus Island two years ago we teaches here so this project started the thanks to the people we are quite new in the filmmaking just learn about filmmaking on YouTube internet and yeah that's that's it it's a good thing that you have young people watching indigenous films it's a way of not having always mainstream media or mainstream films blockbusters and it's also a way for them to discover their own culture I think it's important for us to tell our own stories because we have another approach and another vision upon the world I think we have always been told and it's about time that we tell our own version of the history and the culture you used to say to me Mommy I've got a gills her boys body our story it's a story about my journey as a transgender woman it's been a very very special when people have come after after watching the film and come out talking about their experiences and how the film really resonated with them it's really nice to know that there's others out there facing similar experiences what a wonderful experience to be able to sit and watch all these different flavors of Polynesia in one place with other brand people amazing keep it fresh

Don't Try This At Home: From Dogma to Dogville (Full Movie – Documentary – 2006)

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‘Don’t Try This At Home: From Dogma to Dogville’ is the story of the Mini DV revolution that occurred in independent film-making in the late 1990’s.
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Directed by Matthias Maass, this movie focuses on three of the most important cameramen of the period: Anthony Dod Mantle, Benedict Neuenfels and Robby Mueller. These men can rightfully be credited as the fore-runners today’s independent and art-house cinema.
Robby Mueller is reknowned for his breathtaking art work in the movies of Jim Jarmusch and Wim Wenders, as well as for the scandal he created with his work on “Breaking the Waves.” He shot his debut feature film, ‘My Brother Tom’, with an amateur camera, a technique which was repeated in his subsequent films, including Michael Winterbottom’s ’24 Hour Party People.’

Anthony Dod Mantle worked in a variety of films across a vast range of artistic approaches, from his break in the industry with ‘The Feast’ to his later work on films like ’28 Days Later’ and ‘Dogville’. His camera image design for ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ fetched him the Academy Award in 2009.

The German cinematographer Benedict Neuenfels belongs to the younger generation of cameramen in German. As someone who is always in search of new artistic methods and approaches he has been responsible for controversies with ‘The Rock’, as well as competing for the Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin Film Festival, before winning Best Foreign Film at the 2008 Academy Awards for his film ‘The Counterfeiters’.

From Dogma to Dogville
Germany | 2006 | 65 min.
Languages available: EN, DE, ES
Genre: Documentary, Spanish
Director: Matthias Maaß
Cast: Anthony Dod Mantle, Benedict Neuenfels, Robby Müller

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Documentary film makers D.Channsin Berry and Yahya McClain Sr.

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Documentary film maker D.Channsin Berry joins us again, this time to discuss pt 2 his film #DARKGIRLS2

Then our very special guest my cuzzo, former-marine, two-time world boxing champion Director of critically acclaimed documentary Casualties of W.A.R Warriors Against the Regime, Yahya McClain

what's good everybody was good welcome to another edition of this bigger than hip hop I'm your host Jeff Hodges seanny yes yes yes and once again we are definitely excited to be in the building to bring you on another episode of it's bigger than hip hop tonight we got a real special one for you like always so check it out so tonight especially guess who's joining us who's not a stranger to this show he's been around you know he's rocked out with us a couple of times he was coming through producer director and writer D chance Bernie's joining us welcome to the show big chance thank you Jeff thank you my brother thank you it's definitely an honor and pleasure you know we want this walk before so it's like having the whole frame coming and busy yes sir doing man about yourself listen I'm in Chicago out of LA from moment visiting his family and taken in Chicago and actually shooting some b-roll and some interviews for dark girls too here in Chicago chop it up about today you're coming up with that second half dark girls – you definitely did your thing documentary bringing light to dark girls looking at colorism in the black community you know and Beyond and you talked about a lot of different things affecting women and now you're ready to do it again yes sir yes I'll be ready to do it again I want to know what was the information to begin dark girls in the first place you know what it began in probably about 2008 2009 I was coming out of doing into direct producing actually the Sam Cooke story for American masters with a friend of mine named John Antonelli and we had just wrapped that up and got it on PBS American masters and I was in my backyard and Bill Duke called me up and said you know we should work together I like your work you know Bill's coming out of Hollywood and doing in Hollywood thing and I'm coming out of the documentary world and he said please do something like on black women and the next thing you know I'm calling it dark girls and we're sitting in my backyard working it out and next thing I know we're shooting it and the thing that was so interesting about doing dark girls one does the fact that bill and I happen to be two dark dark skin men who were too dark see little boys who did not could not get dates and were ridiculed about our color and that's what a thing so we had gone through the pain of being you know how stood for being dark skinned and as little boy so we knew what that team was like but we knew that for women it was doubled or tripled and that it's a week we had an emotional connection to – to doing dark girls so that's that's how it started now since making an issue document like you said dark girls one looking at the issues of intercultural colorism within a black American community how has the conversation around this issue change from when you begin the project in 2011 to now 2018 girls I think the the we started a wave a wave around the world not only here United States a wave around the world about colorism all of a sudden after dark girls hit with with me the trailer hit and it hit like you know I think it hit like over on channel 11 million it went viral it was crazy and we were not expecting that to happen but we knew that there was an issue out there that needed to be tapped tapped into and so when it hit is like wow this is this is crazy so you know since the time of that and since the time it's airing on on own thank you to to Oprah announced stars and other channels they the the industry the meeting industry I think fashion and there have been several conversations around the United States and around the planet about colorism and self esteem for dark-skinned women and for women as women totally so I think it's helped bring the situation to life into conversation and I know that there's been some healing that has been done also also I know on the academic level that universities and colleges now are teaching courses but the part of the teaching tool of talking about black America and about women's issues so we you know we were blessed with that so we move forward now I tell you one thing the whole dark girls movement definitely hit home for me because I am a dark-skinned woman myself um growing up I've always heard the statement you're pretty to be dark-skinned no I've never understood whether I should take that as a compliment or an insult so coming from you which one should I take that in you know what um you take it as a compliment with with a little bit of a side I thought I comes at the fact that you know sometimes people are ignorant and I don't mean bigger in terms of being things people are stupid but bigger in the fact that they just don't know enough or been educated enough that to say that to someone is that is a bit of a slap in the face is that why can't you say you know poor life can girl you're pretty of a white girl you're pretty or for you know for you know a fat girl you're pretty or for a skinned girl you have you're pretty they don't say that right and if they do say they'll say that often but I'm saying with it I hear more that you know you're really really pretty to be a dark-skinned girl what else what else could she be yeah why could you just pretty pretty everyone else was just pretty right you know so why do you feel the need for this follow up girls to man listen I was getting all kind of emails of the last three or four years when I mentioned thinking about doing it and then when I finally announced that I was doing dark girls – I got bombarded by a bunch of emails and Facebook situations – sisters saying like you mr. berry you need to leave this alone and that I've never had a problem with this and you know this is what onion on what under the bridge so I'm saying is that what I'm saying this lemon okay fine you've never had a problem with it and you got over it but they're women who are still dealing with this who are younger and way older than you who never dealt with it so are you telling me that these women who have these stories of pain and not glory like yours are to be dismissed is that what you're telling me that their stories don't mean anything anymore okay so so what what I'm saying in this documentary this documentary is basically focusing on the healing process what's the human look like for dark-skinned women and for women's period of color when it comes to color is what's the healing look like so yeah there are stories of pains still and there's some stories beautiful Spurs with glory and some some deep stuff about you know mental illness involved in all this also you know in terms of self esteem and what the pilgrims have done some pilgrims have done to us in terms of media and what they set out to do in terms of having these these these standards that are set by white gay men men sometimes and white women who don't who know nothing or care anything about the shape and the color in the existence of women who of our women I totally agree do with every aspect of that and you know when you talk about the healing process I think it starts with the young girls and if you notice now in the stores we have Barbie dolls for the young girls that are coming more in color different colors different shapes different sizes all of the Barbie Girls don't have this looks luxurious hair you know they have are the natural my hair so I definitely believe the healing process starts with that but I don't want to actually when creating dark girls were you a little skeptical about how the light skin community would take your feelings um no I didn't I didn't I didn't give it that much thought all I knew is that I had a I had that bill and I had a a one on one situation and one on one situation was this we had to become honest with one other I said bill do you or I have a preference when it comes to the choices of women that we want in our lives as date dating or wives and Bill said yeah he had a preference and I was like wow and then I said I had no preference because my self-esteem was so low coming up as a child and as a teenager that whoever loves me I love them back so I had no choice you know so I am so as growing up into my teens and into becoming a male I gravitated towards people who liked who loved me and then you know I got enough self-esteem up to say well you know what I don't have a choice I like dark I like right I like medium I like all kind there's a whole spectrum of women but I just like smart good-looking driven women you listening to is bigger than hip hop that's not very special guest documentary filmmaker peaches berry we talking about dark girls – I don't know where they can find that out when it comes out when he can keep up with them trailers and everything else is going on with you change you know what man I'm I'm a facebook junkie so everything everything I do is on my Facebook page it's D chance and barring a Facebook page or you can go to dark girls too on the Facebook page to find out even more and what's going on so right now we're running a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for to finish up dark girls – so we're trying to raise 110,000 dollars right now by July 28th looking so good finish this bad boy up and get it going so I'm in Chicago right now trying to produce some work out here and try to get some things done but it costs it costs a lot to do these productions and get these rights and the pay these people to do the job you know properly now initially we spoke about dark girls one coming out so you partner up with Bill Dukes and you guys you know reaching out and coming together like you did what was the reason that you guys are not doing part two together bill and I actually parted ways in the middle of editing dark girls one okay but we had to stay together you know politically to go out and be the face of of dark girls one on tour and in the media but we had pretty much pretty much I had said I would I couldn't do this again so bill went on to do light girls and that got the reception it got and I had nothing to do with that and then bill went on to release a book dark girls book and I had nothing to do with that in the meantime why he was doing that I was doing working on two other films called the church house and sexualities of black church and so we split ways and I decided to go on and do part two of dark girls alone because I think I just would we just had difference of opinion in terms of creatively difference of opinion how things should go so I but I wish him well he's a great great director and actor for theatrical pieces absolutely definitely have Bill join us here as well so we salute him also we're gonna take a quick commercial break and we'll be right back film director Dee chance clarity talking about his new documentary part two the dark girls so y'all go check out that GoFundMe and help support this code chance talk about it the emotional or if it was an emotional difficult time for you personally in the process of making this film and how did it impact you how most of it was yeah yes most in the discipline her brother it was it's always emotional for me any of the films that I do if it doesn't hit me in my heart and I don't cry of it when I'm when I'm writing it but I said I won't do it every every film I've done I've done 17 documentaries and 15 of them have been about my heart because I love I love our people I love love love love love like people and I want to see us standing tall I want to see us as fathers and mothers I want to see as as responsible people I want to see it as political figures that we can trust I just want to see us as magical people that we are blessed people for Mexico people are that we are so anything I can do that will uplift and put light on subjects that we don't want to talk about that we should should be talking about because it's a part about the healing process that's the way I'm going and I've dedicated my life to that and I read a quote we said pain is pain and all women can be dog girls well I had I had gotten an email from a couple of women and a wall saw poem and I was like well they know sisters-in-law saw that I know about you know in Poland so this must be for some you know these Europeans and these women were writing these saying that how they connected to the trailer of dark girls and how they understood the pain and I said you know what it's not about so much the the color of a prayer of the woman's skin it's the color of the pain that is dark that resonates all women so that that that's what got dark girls one international flavor because women around the world whether they were you know Caucasian or people women of color they understood what that meant to be in pain I want to know do your research what exactly did you find was the main reason people were gravitating more towards a lighter woman rather than are darker woman what were they saying was better for them well you know for from for black males it's it was it's a generational thing because the men who came out of the oh I guess the 30s 40s 50s and 60s and early 70s always wanted the thing that they couldn't have was was a white woman they became when they became successful and you and a little bit of that has just translated over to our some of our basketball and football and baseball stars they they have gotten and some of our you know musical stars also that they have dated they all have married white women and not black women so you know I don't know if it's part of the the the self-esteem thing of not being able to have some images not suppose to have on both sides on her side and on here sighs you know but you know today in the south if I'm traveling in Alabama and Mississippi I see more white women with brothers than I've ever seen before my life south in the deep south so that has to be some type of retaliation I'm sorry I'm sorry yeah exactly exactly this like you know what the hell with all that I'm going to love who I want to love and indeed the spirit part of me is way understanding of that oh you should love who you should fall in love with and and love has no color so but you know also understanding you know what certain people did who don't look like you to to us you know there's that that runs in the back of my mind also from Thomas and get on and it's hard to shake that because it's that kind of sentiment or that kind of thought pattern it's become a part of black DNA chance has definitely been an honor and a pleasure not always love when you can't do talk about you doing what you do from the heart as always you guys be sure to check out dark girls one and definitely follow me all social medias to Yaka stay tuned and support that go fund me so we get that dark girls to out this y'all can see was Bobby Jo man it's all good and gravy no doubt give us some closing remarks before you go chin all I want everybody was listening is to be safe to become happier to live your purpose and understand that you have meaning on this planet and it's about not it's not about you it's about helping other people on the planet I just thought that folks who are who are listening who have some people who have been killed by bullets and all that sort of thing is that pray for these people and then take action pray take action take positive action against these people positive action not go out and kill the person because it killed some brother somebody else take prayer then positive action that's what we need [Applause] continued success to chairs and keep me posted so we can get you back on deck and when you get that on launch and going you understand yes man and I love you both and thank you both for having me and take it a timeout listening I mean Atlantis I'm coming it's been a pleasure man thanks so much stick around listening I got my cousin to top middleweight champ of a champ and also now documentary filmmaker Yaya McLain we gonna get in an another social issue talking about parental alienation we're gonna take a quick break give you that moment a hip hop with you right back the second half we gonna continue on without addressing social ills and also continue at our I'm not unfamiliar to the show guess so tonight for the second half end up building to Tom Cruise a middleweight champion just cruiserweight there we go and that's be my cousin John McLean also a documentary filmmaker come to talk about that documentary you put out there y'all know are we talking about what's going on cuz you know same old two stepbrothers he's trying to hold it in the road so now you know walk this walk you know took me with you over there to just film festival I was great honest and look salute you know became directly here doing your thing now you taking it to the next up man you know like I always say man first of all I appreciate it thanks for having me on the show and the holy support and everything that I'm doing and remember I got I got some footage that I forgot okay I jerked you twice we're gonna get into that later on but um yeah man you know it's just an honor to be here man and and you're talking about all these things that I'm doing as far as with this documentary and like I always say this is not something that I just woke up one day and said you know what I'll do a documentary about run to alienation right no I didn't happen like that at all you know if it's something that all right let's just go through the quickie you know cause I'm from New York Jamaica Queens some rough neighborhood my pops got killed when I was three years old in Jamaica Queens O'Neil Boulevard which left my mom's to raise three boys on her home I'm a Marine I'm a veteran the United States Marine Corps and I'm a two-time world champion so basically I've been fighting all my life but this battle that we parents are all losing in the family law court system in America is by far the hardest fight I've ever been involved in and therefore that led me to do the documentary what what battle are you battling with it's parental alienation in corruption in the family court system for instance you know I have a have a child I've got children and one of them I wasn't allowed to see for a year I hope the cuts I think we should explain for the listeners what exactly is parental everything's okay parental alienation is when whoa parental alienation is basically because of the court system the court system is what allows this and the way did they allow it is because in the case of divorce or separation with a child involved the support system alienates one parent from the child most of the time it's the father but it does happen in two women as well and in doing that they create a need for child support and through their collection process through a thing called title for dean from the Social Security Act it allows the state to learn a collection process to gain money so for every dollar that's spent the state gets a kickback and it's made it into a fifty billion dollar a year industry right so and that's one the low side so if you have a business that's gaining fifty million dollars a year you ain't gonna end it because somebody's child or because a parent or whatever so therefore that's the reason we're fighting this ubiquitous problem all over America you know now help me understand because in those instances most times it's the parents that decide to go either one of the parents decide to go to the court and say hey my spouse is that there for the kid can you please help me let me just get him into because you know I got some of that happened right tonight right so so really we're starts out is relationship could be fine and as soon as the break-up come about all of a sudden the husband the father becomes a question about how he is with his children yes she's in her feelings or he's in his fillers right sinuses but range is different that one like she said though they go to the courts huh right be the man or the woman they go to the court now they could be in their film one if they keep it out of the courts and they deal with it right the way they're supposed to leave between two caring parents and they're just done that way it'll be a different conversation different conversation for instance my daughter's mother and when I had my daughter I was like 21 22 years old I was wild I was in the streets I was traveling boxing all over and I did everything I was held me down never to this day has she ever kept me from seeing my daughter never no matter what I did she never kept me from seeing my daughter so Jackie like always I salute you cuz she's the Jeep you know so it doesn't have to be that way right you know what what happens a lot of times especially when it's when you're married and you have a divorce because now going through the divorce for one in the state of Georgia with a child involved it's automatic that you have to go to parenting classes that's the first money they make after divorce yes oh that's the first money babe Abel's kick off with that yeah they go they will get their money off the top that's mandatory oh yeah and so it just starts from there and then like like Jeff Allah saying you know when there's a bitter parent or even when they see one parent wanting to really be involved in that child's life too much they like AHA see the money right there oh yeah we're not gonna let him see the child he's gonna fight for that child oh we're not gonna let her see their child she's gonna fight for their child so that automatically starts this protecting the battle and therefore you start spending it out my transcends into my documentary which is casualties of war in the movie so cash to the war and stands for warriors against the regime hey I like my shirt used to say women and because when I first got involved in this when I first got involved in this I was like that's another way for the white man to keep the black man down that's what I thought but as I've got involved in this I quickly learned because once I started reaching out to other people and looking for help because I'm losing in court now you ain't done nothing you know I start reaching out on Facebook and seen these different father's rights groups the father's rights movement you know for rent to a parents for legal custody I mean all these different groups the majority did them were white and all of these white men embrace me and and help educate me so I quickly learned that it wasn't about gender it wasn't about wasn't a race thing wasn't about rape it wasn't a race thing and then I start thinking that it was a gender thing okay well let's talk about they are hating on the man the man but then as I started traveling because I spent three years doing this documentary traveling around the country and as I traveled I started meeting more people and interviewing these women I learned that it happens to women as well so it's all about money that's the bottom line that it's all about money and that's why I did the documentary so that we can help educate everyone so that the people can learn and I'm talking to the masses because if we get the masses to understand this that keep your business to yourself God gave you that child God did that between you and that woman on you and then man and though that's where it should stay you shouldn't have to have nobody else come in and tell you what's gonna happen with your son with this exactly because they don't know you from nowhere and there should be no way the day of making money reaping you know making all this money off of our children's demise because the majority of America's social ills are due to fatherless homes but that's just because the stats are out on that but what's the stats on the mother's home because there's plenty people out there that don't have a mother in their life because for no reason other than the court system no reason other than court system so anybody that's listening go to cavity no more at the movie calm and watch the documentary to see the trailer but watch the documentary just hit the button that says watch now I mean that's real because I need everybody to watch this because my goal is for the whole world to know the truth of what's going on because for one that we get everyone to understand how he goes down then these people will stay out of the courts they will stay out of the court system if they stay out of the court system this problem goes away that's one but the other one is so that we can get the masses behind us so that we can make the amendments to the Constitution we can you know repeal these title for deeds in time for ease I mean you know from the Social Security Act because and I mean this stuff is such a ubiquitous problem it makes absolutely no sense you got people going to jail because they can't pay these astronomical amounts of money that the courts are putting on them of us you know I got the basketball player Joe Smith number one draft pick I spent almost a million dollars fighting for his children I've got a doctor in there he spent a half million dollars he was a pediatrician the children loved him up in New York they took his business the way they just destroyed his whole life Wow you know I've got Roy Jones jr. in the documentary I got Diane Rahim in the documentary all these diesel world champion boxers and Olympians I got a dude in the documentary that protected the president and now he can't see his children how does that happen how can you protect the president but you can't see your own child I mean thought what does play devil's advocate for a quick second do you believe that the court felt those homes in which the kid is taken away for good reasons or the father or the mother is taken away for good reasons like some parents are dealing with drugs or our different situation where that would a court and that can help the kid because they're taking them out of those situations now is the court felon doesn't as well well if the if you say this one parent does on drugs what one or maybe to learn whom however just thinking about it I'm in the rare cases where those things happen because the majority time is about my right you think so really oh I don't know you gotta follow the child you don't know this because you don't know right won't know until you know exactly yes that's fact let's talk about who for in civilian ation effects let's talk about the children who've been now indoctrinated with all kinds of negative ideologies about the parent there's no long in the household and how they grow up there's another guy in the documentary who lives right here in Georgia from Jersey who got bodies and he spent 15 years in prison and he swears it's because his father wasn't in it you know so the the affects the mental I mean this is where I get emotional because I just beg God to dis not affect my child in that way you know but the mental abuse that they are suffering at the hands of one bitter parent and the backing of the court system is tumultuous I mean it really is criminal and anyone that alienates a parent from the other should be arrested for abuse that's child abuse that's child abuse you're taken away the the molding periods in a child's life for instance I hate to use me as an example but that's what I know right now I've done a lot my life I've been all over the world I have a lot of experience and a lot of different things I don't know everything no of course not but the things that I've experienced the things that I've done the people I've encountered things learn I could add so much to my son's life and these are the precious years that he's most impressionable and for me to not be there and not be allowed to do these things and for him to be able to be up under me and get that knowledge of wisdom is criminal it's permanent I definitely agree with you on you know growing up without a father in the household and how is a fetch wasn't up because I personally didn't grow up with my father and my life due to his own personal reasons or what have you and I now maybe my sister you need my mom we have conversations now and we see how it has it's changing me all right and even just the way I look at guys like I unintentionally pick guys that's like my father you know in ways that some nights he would say or just things he would do I now deal with that and guys that I think I'm like wow you're just like my dad is like if this I didn't grow up with him but I know his ways is like it still in me like I'm still seeing him and every other person so it definitely definitely affects people when you grow up without a father or even a mother you know a woman we need our moms to show us how to do both that's where we'll set up yeah don't make no mistake so how can anybody go against it oh no no I'm saying we have to fit parents there are some people that don't need their children right really and I was saying so in that case do it is the court fellas when they take the kid away from their parent but but see that is such a fine line because they use that so much that use that so much because what happens in the case like that they're gonna take the child away a little child in foster care when they put their child in foster care they get a kickback from the government so therefore yes it's um it's like a double-edged sword quick commercial break and be right back you matter you feel naked yeah I'm a clay we're talking about that film casualties of war now it means to a movie with the decision factor for switching from the doctor no no no it's still a documentary okay I just redid it and changed the name God because like I said you know initially it was casualties of war women and the regime right because of my lack of knowledge and the way that I would end up with so as I learned more I learned that this problem happens to women as well I met plenty of women there are plenty of women in my documentary that have been alienated that have been put in jail that have been taken away from their children so that's the reason that I changed the name because we are all warriors inviting the regime so it's warriors against the regime you've got a nice slogan the repeal is real the repeal is real and you're talking about changing title before and title before talk about that title 4d title for a you know like I was saying title for the entire war er about parental I mean the young child support and foster care and both of those there's also talk for a but but all these things are just generating funds for the states so the states do these things because they getting federal funding then getting federal funding for taking our children how do you pay someone to take our children away this this is just as bad and you know what makes me so mad is that not to say that we shouldn't be concerned with with children coming into our countries right but what did you see the outpour of people that got involved and that stood up and spoke against that but what about our children charity starts at home what about our children our children right here in America are being taken away from us our children are being tormented so where's the outcry and our poor and all the love for our children you know I mean when I start seeing so many people stepping up and speaking out about that it just enraged me because I'm like how do you not care about your children right here what about American citizens I'm a United States Marine I've served for my country but yet you won't fight for my children but you're gonna run to the rescue of these other children what has been your biggest accomplishment with Tennessee the war just as as a fighter I've been boxing all my life and I went to the film school for about a year and a half and to be able to say I'm a good documentary on it and get it done that's big it's something that you've worked hard for and it's happening and and so like when the brother was just talking earlier he was talking about the gofund means and all that it's so hard it's so hard to raise money especially in my case he did $15 so I mean it's hard for him so you know how hard it is for me I'm a boxer they're like who you watch me give you money you know but I mean it's hard so a lot of the things that I had planned for the documentary and I didn't raise the money that I needed I had to you know switch up and go to plan B but like I said I went to school I hated it I shot it hello you know I scored it you know I mean I did what I had to do I had help I had a few people to help me out you know but I mean for the most part I just got to do what I got to do and because my goal is for everyone to see this documentary because once you see this documentary you will not believe the things that we're dealing with you just want there's another kid in the documentary I mean his daughter died no one told him and the mother still collected child support daughter died his mother no one ever told him and the mothers still collect the child everybody go to the ward and watch this documentary yes that's all about what you want after seeing the documentary I want I want everyone to one be aware of exactly what's going on I want everyone to know what's really going on and I want to dispel that that stereotype that a lot of people automatically assume as soon as you say I haven't seen my son well what you do that's the first thing that somebody won't come with if I haven't seen my daughter what you do you know and it's so much more to that it's so much more to it so I want people to really just to learn to learn and have their eyes open so that if they decide to have a child they decide to give it to this relationship that they can think twice in the case that they break up because this world that we live in right now is so crazy divorce rate is shooting through the roof right and so if they have a child and the end up in divorce and they see this documentary they will have a lot of knowledge on what not to do like going to the court they will learn how to keep it out of the court deal with it between the two of them find somebody in the the community if you're in church go to church if you're Muslim go to the mosque if whatever it is if you're gonna get and get the gang leader to sit shut it down get somebody to talk to y'all sighs of course so that you can work this thing out and y'all can come up with a parenting plan that is gonna benefit the child right without killing each other do you have any other passions that you could see yourself making a few more documentary about this was my first documentary yeah I think about a lot of things but every time I start to write I'm like what am I doing this for right now I got work to do here I got work to do just documented just because it's done doesn't mean I'm done you know and even if when not if when I get to the point where I can be involved in my son's life like I'm supposed to be I'm still not done because I'm fighting for everybody else's children I'm fighting for not just the children I'm fighting for but like you and you and you everyone is affected because the children a lot of times that get affected by this like like oh boy saying he was killing people you know robbing people people when they go to mental stress like this you don't know what they're gonna do you know but you know you have some people who would take that story of the advantages in the innocent say that he used it as an excuse to do those type of things what do you say about those situations I say that when you say that something is an excuse you have to get in depth with it you don't know the whole story I mean all I told you what happened real quick but if you sit now with that young man and you talk to him and listen to me you see what's going on for real and then you'll see what's happening and like I said once you have your eyes open once you have broaden your knowledge of what's going on you won't think like that that won't be your first thought that's my whole point I want everyone to learn from the doc community so that they can quit all the magnets hang on old boy what'd he do Oh dere be dead oh sorry mom she must be on drugs and all that kind of stuff you know that's the kind of stuff that we need to get away with and get to the facts and see what's really going on and deal with it don't just learn about it deal with it come out just like they came out for the foreign children yeah come out you know we have we've had several parent marches in DC you know our book dance speak to them in front of legislators and try to make things happen and let people know what's going on but we've had several of these marches but tell me people that are they are the ones that's going through it we already know what we going through break we need others to come out we need the masses to come get behind it is there a way to include the courts right without making everything in so bad can't including the court be good because sometimes it sometimes it's not always bad know what the majority of time it's always bad it's definitely bad whenever you go to court it's bad so thank you however the first thing you going to do is come out your pocket with some money when you when they tell you you can't see your child unless you pay this person to watch you $50 out of watch you see your child yeah that's definitely been a pleasure y'all heard it go out there and get that documentary casualties of war giving that website again casualties of war the movie comm hey and check it out next weekend we're gonna be in Macon Georgia at the Shrine Temple it's a boxing event I'm wringing out too now and what cuzo Jeff got to be there because I stood him up got to the 21st me and Macon say no more it is dirty first it's bigger than hip-hop y'all check it out and what they call y'all listen lob it in the archives thanks for coming through cuz oh thanks MA because documentary filmmaker D chance berry not heard he we talking about social is we want to heal our people we want to use a platform to do this right y'all check them out make 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