My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes

Filmmaker Charlie Tyrell seeks to better understand his emotionally distant late father through the personal belongings he left behind … including a stack of VHS dirty movies.

Creative team

Writer: Josef Beeby
Director: Charlie Tyrell
Producer: Julie Baldassi

Filmmaker’s statement

Making a film that allowed me to look at my dad in a new way has been a very bizarre experience. But also one that I’m very appreciative of.

I approached My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes with several reservations. If anyone from my family, including my dad’s two surviving brothers, had a problem with the final product then I was willing to shelve it and lock it away. But that wasn’t the case at all – my entire family has been incredibly supportive and encouraging, happy to share a glimpse into our lives with anyone that cares to watch. The whole production has allowed us all to talk about him more frequently a decade after his death.

It’s a film that I’m very proud of, and my contribution to the final product is just a tiny part of the efforts of an exceptional crew that I plan to work with for a long time.

About Charlie Tyrell

Charlie Tyrell

Charlie Tyrell is a Toronto-based filmmaker who works in a hybrid style that often combines live-action footage with stop-motion and 2D animation.

My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2018 and is one of the most popular shorts on the New York Times Op-Docs platform. His 2015 short doc, I Thought I Told You To Shut Up!! (narrated by the late Jonathan Demme), premiered at SXSW 2015 and won Canada’s National Screen Institute Blue Ant Media Award for Best Documentary.

His narrative and documentary work has screened internationally at such festivals as SXSW, Hot Docs, LA Shorts Fest, Nashville Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Raindance, Brooklyn Film Festival and many more.

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