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Project of the Day: In ‘My Son,’ a Bullied Boy Asks His Father ‘Did I Let You Down?’

Project of the Day: In 'My Son,' a Bullied Boy Asks His Father 'Did I Let You Down?'

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“My Son

Tweetable Logline: 

A family implodes when a father discovers that his young son won’t grow up to be the man he expects.

Elevator Pitch:

What would lead a boy to ask his father this question: “Did I let
you down?” Inspired by real life, my film is about an angry blue collar
father John who finds out why his son Jack is always coming home beat up
and bloody: the kids think he’s “gay”. Tragically, John, like the
bullies, is repulsed. Everything implodes that night: unable to
understand who his son has become, John destroys Jack’s room, where
secret toys and dolls are hidden. Jack retaliates. And the family is
left in shambles. So why would Jack ask his father that question?

Production Team:

Writer and director: Max Pham.
Producers: Benjamin Berger and Patrick Fender.
Cinematographer: Praveen Elankumaran.
Costume Designer: Karen Boyer.
Composer: Andres Soto.

About the Production:

“This film is loosely based on one critical event in my childhood:
when my father destroyed my brother’s belongings during a family dinner.
How my father was raised, what his own father instilled in him, and in
turn, what he expected from his sons affected his decisions that day. I
wrote the film to explore the psychology behind this haunting memory.
Mixed in are also themes of identity and self-expression, which are
omnipresent in my films. It’s a film that comes from a deep, dark,
difficult place, but I really need to make it.” — Max Pham

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