The Story

A Fatherless Generation takes a deep and personal look at the social, psychological, and emotional trauma caused by growing up fatherless.

Award-winning filmmaker, Nathan Cheney takes a fresh grassroots approach and turns the camera on himself to capture his emotional journey as he seeks to build a relationship with his own father. Cheney embarks on a journey of his lifetime– unmasking the truth about one of America’s most significant social issues: fatherless children.

A Fatherless Generation’s mission is to ignite a universal conversation about the importance of fatherhood and show youth and adult fatherless men and women that they aren’t alone in their struggles and aims to empower them to break the cycle of past fatherless generations.

The Team

IMG_8368Nathan Cheney


A Fatherless Generation marks Nathan Cheney’s debut as a feature film Director, Producer, and Editor. Cheney is an award-winning filmmaker born and raised in Southeast, Kansas. Cheney received his Bachelors in Film and Television with an emphasis on producing from Columbia College Hollywood. Prior to his formal training, Cheney co-directed, produced, and edited his first short documentary “Punch Clock” which won “Best Short Documentary” in 2008 at Southern Winds Film Festival.

Cheney has built his career from the ground up. His first big break started as an intern at ABC/Disney Television and eventually lead to his first full-time industry position as a Production Assistant on NBC’s Access Hollywood. He quickly soared up the ranks and became a celebrity assistant for TV personality Billy Bush. 

Including spending time in the forest of Nepal as a photographer for National Geographic and production coordinator for the network television documentary “Chasing Rhinos,” Cheney is also a digital producer who has worked in development, production, and post-production on multiple scripted and non-scripted projects for major productions and network television.

Cheney’s true passion is to develop unique characters and to create and share diverse stories for global audiences. He hopes to inspire change by continuing to produce visual content that will shine light on social issues. Cheney is currently in development writing his next film, a scripted comedy about the challenges of growing up mixed-race in the mid-west.


Steve Mangurten

Director of Photography/Producer

Steve Mangurten is a cinematographer and producer currently working in Los Angeles, CA. A graduate of Columbia College Hollywood, he has been consistently working as a cinematographer, camera operator, and gaffer for over a decade with credits that include features, commercial/branded content, music videos, shorts, and instructional videos.

Mangurten has worked with many different companies and with name talent in front of, and behind, the camera including Mark Hamill, Danny Trejo, Meagan Good, and Lou Ferrigno.  In addition to cinematography, he has also produced three feature films that are currently in post production.  Steve is a passionate and creative filmmaker who always strives to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

Keith Phelps

Music Supervisor/Composer

Keith Phelps is a visionary who uses his vast creative ability to create powerful content with necessary messages. The 26-year-old music producer, songwriter, and musician is a proud native of Indianapolis, IN. After spending some time on tour as the keyboardist for Season 10 American Idol finalist, Haley Reinhart, Phelps soon emerged as a multi-talented creator. He has released 3 projects, including his 2015 appropriately-titled album,

Keith Phelps refers to his sound as the “audible chicken and noodle soup for the soul”, as he’s constantly creating music with intent to aid the inner well-being of his listeners. In 2017 he scored his first film “A Fatherless Generation” directed by filmmaker Nathan Cheney; a documentary that uncovers the social, psychological and emotional trauma fatherless children experience throughout their lives. Phelps’ score and arrangements seamlessly support the film and serve as an impactful finishing touch for the documentary.

These days you can find Keith Phelps with his band The Conglomerate, playing alongside R&B legend Jon B, or in some obscure homemade studio cooking up something for the masses. His genuine respect and love for
making good music are well reflected within all of his art and he’s only just begun.