Fathers and Sons

A film by Ben Garchar

A filmmaker's love of cinema is traced back through the life experiences of his father and grandfather.


Produced & Directed by: Ben Garchar

Editors: Ben Garchar, Daniel James Scott

Directors of Photography: Chance Madison, Jeffrey Johnson

Music: Aaron Bernard

Sound Edit / Design / Mix: Steve 'Major' Giammaria

Colorist: Chase Whiteside

Assistant Editor: Lee Anne Carluccio

Poster Art: Yotam Zohar


Director’s Statement

I’ve often wondered where my interest in making films originated. I grew up in the blue collar city of Youngstown, Ohio. My father worked for the city. My grandfather, in a factory. Then I found out my father seriously explored photography and my grandfather had sketchbooks hidden away.

As my grandfather’s health was fading, I felt the need to begin documenting, asking: How did their lives ultimately give me the courage to move to New York and pursue a career as a filmmaker?

In the end, Fathers and Sons became a personal journey presented as a documentary film, crafted from candid interviews and intimate family archival. I cherish it as a love letter to my family and I hope it serves as a unique yet universal multigenerational portrait.

Please enjoy.


Mike Ambs

I love to film things, tell stories, and read on the subway. I'm pretty sure blue whales are my power animal.