Rhymefest’s award-winning film In My Father’s House will open in 19 cities across America on October 9.
The film documents the Chicago native’s journey to reconnect with his absentee father. In recent interview with HipHopDX, Rhymefest touched-on the challenges he faced searching for reconciliation.
“Without giving the movie away,” he said, “he’s an alcoholic. Being an alcoholic, that’s a disease. So I thought, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna reunite with my father and everything’s gonna be all great.’ I didn’t realize that when you’re dealing with somebody with a disease, at first everything is all good. People fill diseases with people—somebody who’s your girlfriend or boyfriend—and think ‘I’m better now because I got somebody to love me.’ Drugs is just a way to deal with depression. Alcohol is a way to deal with depression.
“My father, when he rediscovered me, I gave him a place to stay and food to eat and all the things that I can bring to his life, of course he was cool for a little while. But what happens when you wanna drink again? When times get hard and you realize you gotta work, you realize that it’s not just about ‘somebody taking care of me. I gotta do work. That’s the reason I’m homeless in the first place, I didn’t work.’ When it came time for him to do that and then it got hard, he reverted back to that drug addiction. That’s what I didn’t realize I was gonna have to deal with. I raised my children at my standards. I’m dealing with somebody who has fucked up standards. The honeymoon was short-lived.”
In My Father’s House premiered during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and has since won Best Documentary at the Bentonville Film Festival and Southwest Airlines Audience Award Overall Winner at the Nashville Film Festival, among others.
The film will show in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, Washington, DC and Atlanta.
View the trailer below.