Photo: Kickstarter
Photo: Kickstarter

Director launches Kickstarter for film about dad styling daughter’s natural hair

Traditionally, combing a little girl’s hair is a job designated to moms. But every once in a while, fathers are tasked with the responsibility, too, and one filmmaker is illustrating that unique experience with a new animated project.  

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Matthew A. Cherry, a NFL player-turned-movie director, just launched a Kickstarter campaign to create “Hair Love,” a five-minute Pixar-inspired short about a black father attempting to style his daughter’s hair.

“This story was born out of seeing a lack of representation in mainstream animated projects, and also wanting to promote hair love amongst young men and women of color. It is our hope that this project will inspire,” Cherry said on his Kickstarter page, which includes some adorable videos of black dads trying their hand at hairdressing. 

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The goal is $75,000, and the money would go toward developing the storyboard, character designs, animation, editing and other production needs.

So far, Cherry has an impressive team, too. Peter Ramsey, whose credits include “Rise of The Guardians,” is on board to executive produce, along with Frank Abney, whose worked on “Frozen” and “Big Hero 6.”

Want to learn more? Check out the campaign page here

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