32 minutes | May 17th 2018

The STANDcast 49: A Fatherless Generation with Nathan Cheney

In episode 49 of the STANDcast Dwayne Hayes, editor in chief of STAND magazine, is joined by filmmaker Nathan Cheney to discuss his documentary film "A Fatherless Generation". In the film, Nathan explores his difficult relationship with his father after his parents divorced and he was made "man of the house" at 6-years-old. In addition, Nathan discusses how these experiences shaped his view of manhood, and talks about the interviews he did with George Lopez, Terry Crews, and others, for the film. All this, a story about Gene Simmons, and much more on STANDcast 49. Episode 49 fast facts and info: • Special guest: filmmaker Nathan Cheney • Grew up in Kansas and moved to Los Angeles to study filmmaking • Shot first documentary in high school • “always struggled with relationship with my father” • Father was like an “acquaintance” • Attempted suicide, experienced a lot of anger (took anger out on himself) • A seven-year process to make the film • Difficulty for men opening up and being vulnerable • “trying to protect my dad, too” • “man of the house” as a 6-year-old: became a “massive burden” • Worked at Access Hollywood • Attempted to get Gene Simmons in the film • Always have a business card! • Interviewed Terry Crews, Aisha Tyler • One of the last interviews with Alan Thicke • George Lopez • Importance of reflecting on our relationship with parents & taking responsibility for the relationship • Nathan was able to come to forgive his father • “He said yes because I was changing” • “old-school rugged cowboy from Kansas” • What parent wants to have their flaws shown to the world?” • My relationships have become better • Better at communicating • Become more emotionally available • “I don’t have to prove myself” • “Every man walks a different path” • Work on yourself rather than “pointing fingers” • Make a practice of reaching out daily/weekly to one person and saying something you’re afraid to say • See afgeneration.com for more information about the film • STAND magazine: www.stand-magazine.com Music: Get Up Stand Up (Featuring Brother Ali) by Public Enemy, licensed under Creative Commons 4.0
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