Interview with Filmmaker Damon Jamal Taylor (BLACK DADDY THE MOVIE)

BLACK DADDY THE MOVIE is the 2022 feature film winner at the BLACK Feedback Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I was tired of the narrative that black fathers are not involved in their children’s lives, that black men are locked up, baby mama making, violent, toxic individuals who’s lack of presence is the reason for the problems in the black community. This was not my experience in life. I had plenty of men in my life who offered wisdom that helped me navigate and survive the crafty business of America.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

It took a little over a year from idea to first edit.

3. How would you describe your film in two words!?

Emotionally Intelligent.

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

The obstacle we faced was the fact that we had a champagne taste and a beer budget. We obviously had some amazingly talented people who came together to make this happen but when you have a grand idea and 40 grand to do it it becomes a challenge on how to stretch the money. We had some unforeseen budget needs but no resources to support the increase.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

My initial reactions when seeing the people giving the feedback was “IS THE REAL?”. I was humbled that people were seeing the vision that I had when it was in the idea stages. To see the many different take-aways was very moving to me because I share the same sentiments overtime i watch it.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

I knew I wanted to make films when I saw “Purple Rain” on opening weekend on the big screen at the age of 6. The combination of a great story line meeting music that was tailor made for every emotion presented was the seed that finally came to harvest through my film.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Definitely “Purple Rain” probably followed by “The Wiz” and “The Color Purple”.

8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?

I think maybe connecting me to additional resources and organization that would be interested in seeing this film. My movie is not something that you watch one time and move on. It has purpose attached to it and almost lends to a call of action.

9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?

By this being my first experience and debut film maker it’s been pretty good so far although it has seemed “scammy” at times. Being accepted, selected and winners in film festivals where you have no real interaction with the festival itself outside of email communication, it makes you wonder what’s real because there are so many of them out there you just want everyone to see your work. It makes you question who’s real and who’s not. Fortunately I have physically been to some in person festivals and actually won awards there so that makes any of the ones that I felt were illegit kind of dissolve in my mind.

10. What is your favorite meal?

I would say my favorite meal at the moment is a good slightly over-baked and well seasoned rosemary salmon with all the fixings and a nice glass of wine.

11. What is next for you? A new film?

I plan to transition out of the Doc world and start working on a book followed by a screenplay that will further explain some things that were seen and talked about in “Black Daddy: The Movie”


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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