POPS

POPS is a documentary web series about African American men facing the toughest challenge of their lives: becoming good fathers. Each man's story explores universal Show more themes of responsibility, nurturing and love while they differ in personalities and socioeconomic backgrounds. Show less

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Digital Open Call
Producer/Director

Garland McLaurin

Garland McLaurin is a Peabody Award-winning filmmaker whose love for storytelling comes from its power to artistically explore the complex and conflicting social and psychological layers of people and society. Garland’s interests are in projects and art that explore people from all walks of life. These experiences connect individuals to one another Show more as citizens of the world. Raised between Oklahoma, Korea, and Florida, he landed in Washington DC and then New York. He discovered that beyond culture, class, and language everyone tells stories that bring a unique perspective of the world. Show less

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The Film

POPS is a documentary web series about African American men facing the toughest challenge of their lives: becoming good fathers. POPS addresses the reality and challenges of 21st century parenthood for African American fathers. The media narrative of the deadbeat black father is generally accepted as a fact of life for African American children. Buried beneath these assumptions are the facts of black fatherhood that dispel some of those stereotypes. The web series follows the parenting experiences of Shaka Senghor, LaGuardia Cross, and the Stroman-Iniss family during the course of a year. Each father explores the universal themes of responsibility, nurturing and love. They differ in personalities, socioeconomic backgrounds and struggles but share the collective experience of fatherhood. Their stories serve to reflect the reality of black fathers in America.

Each father’s story is told in five episodes over the course of a calendar year. Shot in verité documentary style rich with raw, intimate moments, each character reveals what fatherhood looks like in their world.

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