press kit





— Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“DADDY & PAPA…is loaded with humor.”
— Michael Logan, TV Guide

“These men…are eloquent about both the richness of family life and the stereotypes that they have to confront.”
The New Yorker

“DADDY & PAPA brings honesty, humor and humanity to its examination of a significant phenomenon in the ever-changing map of the American family…writer-director Johnny Symons’ engaging profile of four gay-parent households, including his own, is a touching firsthand account of both the rewards and challenges of the experience.”
— David Rooney, VARIETY Read the entire review.

“A superb presentation…DADDY & PAPA illustrates the critical importance of children having loving and caring parents, whether they be traditional or gay. The gay men portrayed here realize they can do an even better job as parents by embracing cross-cultural sensitivity when raising children from a different ethnic or racial background.”
— Alvin F. Poussaint, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

“With emotional intelligence, humor, honesty, and courage, DADDY & PAPA brings to life the rich social and racial diversity and challenges of gay parenting. This artful, heart-full documentary should be mandatory viewing for every family judge, social worker, educator, mental health professional, policy maker, and neighbor.”
— Judith Stacey, Professor of Sociology and Gender & Sexuality, New York University

“A poignant, compelling story of gay fathers in today’s America as they parent across racial, national, and religious lines, yet personify the most fundamental of family values. A winner of a film that I would like to make universally required viewing.”
— Elizabeth Bartholet, Professor of Law, Harvard University and author of Family Bonds: Adoption, Infertility, and the New World of Child Production

“The film educates, inspires, and entertains.”
— Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao, Founder and CEO of Center For Family Connections and author of The Family of Adoption

“In this remarkably lucid documentary, filmmaker and gay father Johnny Symons traces the evolution of his paternal feelings while also following the stories of a wide range of gay families.”
LA Weekly

“Wise, honest, and provocative, this intimate look at the state of gay fatherhood at the dawn of the 21st century is highly recommended.”
Video Librarian

“Outstanding…enhanced by good production values and smooth editing, this award-winning video is an excellent choice for university and large public libraries.”
Library Journal

“The controversial subject of gay adoption gets thorough and sympathetic consideration…(in) this thought provoking film…”

“College classes and community groups can use [DADDY & PAPA] to prompt complex discussions about parenting and family diversity that transcend the topic of gay fatherhood.”
— Janet Schmidt, Teaching Tolerance magazine

“Well made and thought provoking. Sure to generate a good class discussion. Highly recommended for college and adult collections.”
— Barb Bergman, Educational Media Reviews Online. Read the entire review.

“Brings the hot-button issue of gay parenting into refreshing focus.”
— David Ehrenstein, New Times Los Angeles

“The message of Symons’ frank and frequently poignant documentary is that hard work, love, and commitment – not gender or sexual orientation – are what constitute a good home for a child…DADDY & PAPA is a thoughtful and frequently entertaining reminder of this simple truth.”
— William A. Sievert, Orlando Weekly

“Focusing on four upstart families, including his own, filmmaker Johnny Symons covers a lot of personal, political, and cultural ground with intelligence, humor, and insight.”
— Todd Lothery, The News & Observer

“The less formal approach of DADDY & PAPA creates an atmosphere of intimacy between the subject, the camera, and the audience.”
— Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News

“A touching, honest film that examines the challenges faced by both single men and gay couples…”
— Andrew Gilbert, Contra Costa Times

“DADDY & PAPA smoothly weaves together stories of gay men, both singles and partners, taking on the responsibilities and challenges of adopting and raising kids in a society – and within a culture – that has traditionally frowned upon the idea…In the end, DADDY AND PAPA stands as a smart and winning portrait of loving families that come together by choice and commitment, in spite of both legal and societal odds.”
— Lee Gardner, City Paper Baltimore

“Johnny Symons’ endearing, provocative documentary chronicles a personal involvement with the “gayby” boom…what’s striking about the film is its wholesomeness.”
— Glen Helfand, Bay Area Reporter

“3 STARS…By film’s end, all matters of politics and sexuality take a back seat to the kids themselves, many of whom are old enough to understand the uniqueness of their situation, but all are clearly happy to have a family to call their own.”
Miami Herald

“Sure to piss off the religious right…DADDY & PAPA is an intelligent, funny, and well-reasoned film…very eloquent in stating its position that gay and lesbian couples should have the same rights to become parents as straight couples – and that they’re every bit as good at it…Whether viewers agree or disagree, DADDY & PAPA nevertheless entertains tremendously.”
— Merle Bertrand, Film Threat

“One of many recent films about the trials of gays and lesbians who want to become parents, this film approaches the subject personally, with good humor and a light, but distinctly political touch.”
— Amy Goodman, Indiewire

“With DADDY & PAPA, the Bay Area filmmaker takes a new tack on the long-debated question of choice: Women have struggled to gain control over their own bodies and lead fulfilling lives without children; now the filmmaker asks – and perhaps no film has asked this question before – what about the right of gay men to choose to have a family?”
— Kathleen Wilkinson, SF Gate. Read the entire article.