My Family Is Featured In A Documentary… In AMC Theaters Today

I am so excited to share that our film In My Father’s House opens in 20 AMC Theaters nationwide today. In June of 2012, we moved into the family home of my husband’s paternal family. Shortly after our move, my husband began asking questions about his father, as he hadn’t seen him since he was 12 years old. He wanted to know, “was he alive?” and “why did he abandon me?” He had many unanswered questions, so I encouraged him to go find his father just so that he could have closure… When we found my father-in-law Brian, he had been living on the West Side of Chicago, homeless, for over 25 years.

The documentary follows our family for the first year. Finding Brian has profoundly changed us individually and collectively. It is our belief that we won’t have healthy communities until we repair our families. If you see the film, please let me know. We can make things better for ourselves, one relationship, one household and one family at a time.

Here is where the movie is being screened starting today:

In My Fathers House

Here are some photos from the premiere we hosted with 700 of our Chicago-based friends, family and colleagues:

My husband, Che Smith, on the red carpet. Photo by Juan Anthony Images.
Our filmmakers Ricki and Annie, with our brothers Common, Judge Mathis, Maurice, and Che & I. Photo by Juan Anthony Images.
Our filmmakers, with Neli Vazquez-Rowland (from A Safe Haven, the organization that helped my father in law Brian), with Common & my father in law Brian. Photo by Juan Anthony Images.
Some of my Donda’s House Fam at the screening. I love my #squad! Photo by Juan Anthony Images.
Common opened up the film. Photo by Juan Anthony Images.
The Smith Family at the Premiere! Photo by Juan Anthony Images.
Brian Tillman – my father in law! Photo by Juan Anthony Images.
Me and my love. Photo by Juan Anthony Images.
My hubby talking to some of his best friends. Photo by Juan Anthony Images.
Historic Music Box Theatre, where we hosted our red carpet premiere.
Judge Mathis gave words of encouragement to everyone in our family. Honored to have his support for the film.
Q & A after the film. Photo by Juan Anthony Images.

Check out this recap of the Chicago Premiere here, produced by K Shack Vidz, who also did some of the video work in the film.

You can learn more about the film here, including joining the mailing list to receive updates. I hope you enjoy it and thank you so much for reading my blog 😉

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