Omar Epps Helps Dads Debunk Deadbeat Stereotype With New Doc

Despite their past and poverty, four New York City men fight to be the best fathers they can be. Omar Epps from ABC’s “Resurrection” acts as executive producer to “Daddy Don’t Go,” a documentary about dads who refuse to be deadbeats.

Alex lives in a Harlem shelter with his two-year-old son. A former Latin King gang member, Nelson, looks for employment elsewhere to support his son and his partner’s three daughters. Omar keeps his three special needs children in his custody and away from their abusive mother. Roy has a criminal record but went back to court to prevent his son’s mother, a drug addict, from gaining full custody.

One in three children in the United States lives fatherless. In low-income households, that becomes more apparent. Alex, Nelson, Omar, and Roy defy the statistic. Pureland Pictures follows them for two years while they make sure life stays that way. They come face-to-face with the law, foster care system, money woes, and temptation towards “the easy way out.” But no matter where life places them, they never want to hear, “Daddy, don’t go.”

The children of these four men have what Epps did not have growing up. That inspired the Brooklyn-native to be a part of “Daddy Don’t Go,” says Pureland Pictures.

The work done so far depended on crowdsourcing from Kickstarter. But Epps, director Emily Abt, and the rest of the production team still need funds to complete their feature-length film. They hope additional donations will help them show that some statistics are nothing but a number.