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In A Perfect World - 4th Monday Screening - September 26, 2016 @ 7 PM

IN A PERFECT WORLD... is a feature documentary that aims to explore all the requisite dynamics of what it is to be a man raised by a single mother. The inspiration for the film came from the director's own relationship with her son who has a largely absentee father.

Monday, September 26, 2016 @7pm

St. Clair Bourne 4th Monday Free Screening

Mayme Clayton Library and Museum

4130 Overland Avenue

Culver City, CA  90230

Mayme Clayton Library and Museum in association with the BADWest St. Clair Bourne
4th Monday Documentary Series


Directed by

Daphne McWilliams

Over the course of several years, Daphne McWilliams began interviewing men about the relationships they had with their mothers and, to varying degrees, their absentee fathers. At the same time, she was raising her own son, Chase, as a single parent. She noticed that as Chase entered his teens, their relationship took a dramatic turn as he began coping with his most formative years and becoming an adult without the consistent presence of his own father. McWilliams realized it was time to turn the camera on her own family to document her son's painful abandonment issues while seeking to help him express and understand his feelings.

Thus the documentary became both a personal depiction of her son's maturation process as well as a sociological overview of what it is like to be a man raised solely by one's mother. Viewers hear the voices of a variety of men from various backgrounds and ages, sharing painfully personal anecdotes and allowing McWilliams to capture their current lives to see the men they've become in the wake of emotionally turbulent and unsettling periods of their youth.

"In a Perfect World..." is both a deeply personal and introspective portrait of a modern family as well as a probing cinematic essay examining one of society's greatest ailments.

Daphne McWilliamsDaphne McWilliams, Producer/Director began her producing career by producing music videos for artists such as: Blues Traveler, Notorious BIG and Queen Latifah. In 1995, she was hired to line produce the Academy Award®-nominated documentary "Four Little Girls" directed by Spike Lee and produced/edited by Sam Pollard; Mr. Pollard is the Executive Producer on "In a Perfect World..." which is Daphne's documentary directorial debut. 

Since the 1990's she has line-produced shorts, commercials and independent feature films. In August of 2011, Daphne directed both a video for Jazz at Lincoln Center's educational program Webop (http://academy.jazz.org/webop/) and their first music video entitled "Shakey Shake Shake," produced by musician Matt Wilson, featuring 90-year-old Cuban legend percussionist Maestro Candido Camero.

Her other credits include Martin Scorsese's "The Blues" documentary series, where she line-produced "Feels Like Coming Home," directed by Martin Scorsese, "Warming by the Devils Fire," directed by Charles Burnett and the recently released documentary "Slavery by Another Name," directed by Sam Pollard and narrated by Laurence Fishburne.

Daphne was raised on Staten Island along with her parents and seven brothers and sisters.  She currently resides in NYC.

Discussion after the screening. 

This event is FREE.

Monday, September 26, 2016 @ 7pm
Mayme Clayton Library and Museum
4130 Overland Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230

Free Parking.


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The Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West is a project of Fulcrum Arts' Emerge fiscal sponsorship program. www.fulcrumarts.org

The Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West (BAD West) is a professional organization providing people of African descent working in documentary film, video or other media the opportunity to network professionally, share resources, exchange ideas and meet socially in order to enhance the development, production, promotion and exhibition of documentaries. The Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West also advocates the recognition and professional advancement of Black documentary filmmakers.