Founding Fatherz Inc. has produced its first documentary titled “The Wake up”, which features fathers in Philadelphia and surrounding areas. The film will be shown on Friday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. The documentary will debut at the African American Museum, 701 Arch Street.
Vaughn Tinsley is the founder and director of FFZ, a non-profit, community service organization that works to support youth through mentoring, tutoring, documentaries, coaching and social justice education. The organization was launched in 2011 at Cheltenham High School and Cedarbrook Middle School in the School District of Cheltenham Township.
Tinsley’s goal for the organization is to target students with absent fathers who would benefit from his multidisciplinary approach to mentoring, academic, social and emotional development.
The documentary helps to raise awareness on what it takes to be a good father. The documentary includes interviews with Fran Dunphy, Temple head men’s basketball coach, Fox 29’s Quincy Harris, Temple Hall of Famer and former NBA standout Ollie Johnson, heavyweight boxing champion Bryant Jennings, Bilal Qayyum, president of the Father’s Day Rally Committee and Mike Morak, president of the Danny Rumph Classic.
“I really wanted to embrace fatherhood,” Tinsley said. “My son has been my inspiration. I wanted to have other fathers wake up from a potential state of sleep. That’s my theme. The Wakeup is a movie not only for fathers, but also for mothers, students and the community at large. We have to be more involved.
“Ollie Johnson was a mentor to me during the time I was at Community College of Philadelphia. He was a father figure to me. Fran Dunphy is a father figure to a lot of players. It was pivotal to incorporate him because there are a lot of players who don’t have dads that look up to him.”
For more information on the documentary and the event, call (267) 625-9207.