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Fusion orders Dawn Porter-directed “Fatherless”

Univision-owned cable channel and digital net Fusion has commissioned an original hour-long documentary set to follow Grace & Frankie actor Baron Vaughn as he searches for the father he never ...
March 15, 2017

Univision-owned cable channel and digital net Fusion has commissioned an original hour-long documentary set to follow Grace & Frankie actor Baron Vaughn as he searches for the father he never knew.

Produced by Big Beach TV and directed by Dawn Porter, Fatherless traces the actor and comedian in his mission to locate and reconnect his biological father, a man who left his mother before Vaughn was born. The film mixes personal interviews with his mother, friends, experts and colleagues in order to illustrate that circumstances don’t define the person you can become.

In addition to his ultimate quest, the doc also analyzes how Vaughn had to formulate his own construct of the black male identity, with no father to teach him.

Raised by a single mother in New Mexico and Las Vegas with the support of grandparents and great-grandparents, the documentary analyzes how Vaughn, in the absence of a father figure, formulated his own construct of the black male identity by turning to black comics like Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy and the Wayans brothers for guidance.

At 35, Vaugn hit his stride professionally, with television and film roles in Mystery Science Theatre 3000, Arrested Development, Girls, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Cloverfield, and Black Dynamite.

Baron Vaughn, Dawn Porter and Bryan Carmel serve as executive producers. Fusion’s Anne Loder was development director.

Fatherless, a Fusion TV original documentary, premieres April 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

“The truth is always important to have, even if you don’t like what you hear… it doesn’t need you, you need the truth,” said Vaughn in a statement. “Learning what I did throughout this process helped me to release a lot of baggage. The sandbags on the hot air balloon of life were weighing me down and I’ve finally been able to cut them off and take off into the sky.”

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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