Few people have the relationship with their father that you typically see in the movies. Well, unless the movie is "Affliction." For people like us, this in-congruence can be painful. One of the great things about being an artist is that it gives us a way to deal with these feelings in a positive way. And if you're a writer, you can even rewrite history.
My latest completed script, called "Origin Story," deals with a father/son relationship and how anger and violence is passed down from generation to generation. While definitely not autobiographical, it includes a lot of details from my life, my father's, and my grandfather's (who I don't even remember), all in a fictional story with an optimistic ending. As a famous writer (whose name I can't remember) once said, writers tell the Truth by making up lies about people who don't exist. And it's my hope that when this movie gets made, it'll help others feel better about their less than perfect relationships with their parents -- and maybe even give them some hope.