Shot in the Dark (2002)
How Do You Relate to Your Father
|In his directorial debut, actor Adrian Grenier questions the nature of fatherhood and the meaning of family history as he embarks on a personal quest to become reacquainted with his estranged father. After interviewing a wide array of fathers and sons – from strangers he meets outside of Yankee Stadium, to past and present suitors of his mother Karesse – Adrian decides he should meet with his biological father, whom he’s convinced is a man named John who lives in Lancaster, OH. Following a series of sometimes-awkward phone calls, John finally agrees to meet Adrian for the first time in 18 years at the Ohio home of John’s parents, and the two head off in a cramped boat for a private, heart-to-heart talk. The discussion brings father and son closer together, and sheds light on why John and Karesse separated after Adrian was born. With a newfound sense of self, and after talking again with his mother about the circumstances that led to the couple’s estrangement, Adrian reunites with his father one more time – in dramatic fashion.|
Editor's NoteAn actor and filmmaker meditates on the nature of parenthood as he searches for the father he's never known in this documentary. Best known for his work on the HBO series ENTOURAGE, Adrian Grenier grew up in New York City, raised by his single mother Karesse. Karesse rarely spoke of Adrian's father, and he knew little about him until he turned twenty-three and decided it was time he got closer to his dad. Karesse met Adrian's father during a period when she was living on a commune, and the child was the product of a relationship that was never meant to be long term. As Adrian follows a sketchy path to Ohio in search of his dad, he stops along the way to ask any number of people (including baseball fans attending a game at Yankee Stadium on Father's Day) about what fatherhood means to them, if one parent can really assume both roles in a child's development, and how this belated reunion could impact both men's lives.
Cast & Crew
|Ari Gold - Director of Photography|
|Eric Lee - Director of Photography|
|Mikey Jackson - Director of Photography|
|Noah Warner - Composer|
|Adrian Grenier - Director|
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