USA – Filmmaker Says the Child Support System is Broken: Money and Emotional Issues Are Addressed in Documentary


Fri Sep 4, 2009 7:00am EDT


SAN DIEGO, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ — Is the current child support system malfunctioning?

Angelo Lobo, producer and director of the full-length documentary “Support? System Down,” says, “Yes.”

Lobo’s timely film examines problems within the nation’s child support system and shows why there is a need for immediate reform.

“Support? System Down” ( comes to the Peachtree Village International Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday,
September 26, 2009, at 4 PM, Eastern at Underground Atlanta Event Loft. (See: )

Filmmaker, Angelo Lobo, will be in attendance.

One recent child support case, among many, supports the film’s premise that something is seriously wrong with the system. According to CNN (8/11/09), Mr.
Frank Hatley, of Georgia, spent a year in jail for owing back child support reimbursement although he is childless. The system knew that Hatley was not the father, yet incarcerated him anyway. Hatley was recently released from jail after his case came to the attention of a human rights group who intervened on his behalf.

“Although shocking, these kinds of stories are not unusual. I hear from people almost daily about nightmarish child support injustices. Many of these parents
are deadbroke. They need help – not punishment and jail. These are civil rights and human rights violations happening all across the country,” said Lobo.

According to Lobo, cases like that of Hatley are symptoms of a large problem within the child support system which costs taxpayers huge sums of money and
creates obstacles for children to have meaningful relationships with both of their parents.

See "It's About the Kids":
"No one should be punished for being poor. The children of incarcerated
parents are also being inadvertently punished by the jailing of their loving
parents - mostly dads, but sometimes moms- who are just down on their luck and
trying to do their best to cope," said Carnell Smith, paternity fraud expert
and director of U.S. Citizens Against Paternity Fraud
( Smith and Lobo will attend the film festival and
address audience questions after the film.
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"Support? comes to the Peachtree Village International Film Festival in
Atlanta, Georgia on September 26, 2009 at 4:00 PM, Eastern at Underground
Atlanta Event Loft.
Ticket information and theater map:
Support? System Down
Angelo Lobo, +1-760-828-5012,

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