Matt explained to our community of NYC Dads that “This is one of those opportunities that makes me glad that we live in New York and glad that we have this group. An up-and-coming filmmaker came to us recently to see if our group would be willing to give feedback and constructive criticism on the first cut of his film about the father-son relationship. It just so happens that one of our members, Rich F., has an awesome screening room in his building (alongside the equally awesome billiards room), so a Meetup was born.” Last night 14 dads got together to watch this film, discuss the film with director, and then stick around to play pool, drink beer, and hang with the guys. An awesome time!
Here’s some more information about the film and the filmmaker:
In this autobiographical documentary video, Fivel Rothberg looks at his relationships with his son and father in order to address the root causes of abusive relationships and mental illness in his life and open up possibilities for change. At first, the filmmaker tries to pin the blame for his behavior and depression on a cycle of abuse, but he comes to realize through the making of the film that reality is far more complicated. Eager to be a different kind of father than his own, the filmmaker investigates his past and present situation as a parent. An intensely personal experience, Internal Exposure asks viewers to question notions of abuse, fatherhood and masculinity as multiple generations of fathers and sons pursue their own directions.
Fivel Rothberg is a father, media maker, educator and activist who recently received his MFA in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College. For the past ten years he has devoted his time to creating and presenting independent media that engages audiences, stimulates dialogue, encourages progressive social change, and bridges cultural divides.
A special thank you to up and coming director and filmmaker, Fivel Rothberg, for spending the evening with our NYC Dads Group and sharing something so personal…and allowing us the opportunity to probe further and provide meaningful feedback.
How would I describe this film? A powerful, reflective, and brutally honest account of how a new father was thrust into the role at too young an age. Rothberg struggles with numerous challenges, and perseveres at the end as a better man. As a short, 35 minute documentary, I recommend to all fathers (and all parents for that matter) to see this gritty and “amazing film that makes one reflect on one’s own parenting. No matter what background you come from.”
See trailer below and decide for yourself: