Filmmaking Fathers Show Importance of Family

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Families around the nation will celebrate Father's Day this Sunday -- but sadly, many children don't get to honor their fathers.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates 23 million kids are growing up without dads in the home.

Two Washington, D.C.-area fathers know that statistic all too well, but are making sure their children don't.

Ron Williams and Trenillo "Tree" Walters are both passionate independent filmmakers. It's their faith that helps them to rise above the absentee father statistics and send God's message thru film.

"It's like sitting by the camp fire and you have got people sitting around you," Williams began, explaining the art of making movies. "The lighting is right. The sound is perfect. And you are telling a story and everyone is watching."

Working on both sides of the camera is common for both Walters and Williams.

"If you look at my first full-length film "Be Ready" and you look at the credits, you will see my name in so many spots," Walters recalled.

Williams added that filmmaking is "a definite love" that he vows to stick with "through good and bad."

Both are husbands -- balancing filmmaking, full-time jobs and fatherhood.

Williams has two children.

"I can do great things on a film set, but then come home and share it with who, if my family is not here," he said.

Walters is a father of three.

"You involve them in it," he said. "My kids, they know how to work the cameras. They know how to work the audio, even if it's holding a boom microphone."

For both of them, fatherhood comes before filmmaking on the priority list. They value their presence in their childrens' lives after growing up without their own fathers around.

"There would be times that I would call my dad and ask that maybe we can go out to a football game, baseball game or go fishing," Walters recalled. "And I would be waiting for hours and hours and then days and days."

Whether it's being a good parent or producing a good film, both also realize they could do none of it without God.

"My films, as much as I love this business, cannot come ahead of my family," Williams said. "And that cannot come before God Himself."

*Originally published June 18, 2010. 

 

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