What happens when mom has the big job and dad stays home with the kids? The documentary The Big Flip directed by Izzy Chan, follows four American families as they navigate the trials and triumphs of at-home fatherhood, mothers as main breadwinners, and changing life circumstances.
The feature-length documentary will make its world premiere at the Austin Film Festival in the “Heart of Film” section, on Friday, October 14, 7PM at the Galaxy Highland Theatre. Immediately after, the film will make its Arkansas premiere on October 15 at the 22nd Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival—the oldest non-fiction film festival in North America.
More than 500 supporters raised over $110,000 on Kickstarter and Indiegogo to crowdfund the documentary’s production and post-production.
Filmed over 18 months, The Big Flip follows the lives of four “flipped” families.
With baby number 4 on the way, Bonnie and Chip (Portland, Oregon) are working through a delicate transition. Bonnie has been frustrated by how much she has to do at home while being the primary breadwinner. Chip is obligated to walk away from his flailing business to step up at home—and struggles with an identity crisis.
Chuck and Amy (Washington, D.C.) are comfortable with Amy as the main earner and Chuck supplementing. But when Chuck is laid off, the loss of income is keenly felt in this modest middle-class family.
Julee and Ross (Nashville, Tennessee) see their flip as temporary while Ross launches his career as an actor. They are moving the family across the country to Los Angeles with high hopes for his opportunities in California.
Fred and Robyn (Seattle, Washington) are stuck in a rut. They fell in love as young, carefree snowboarders. But 15 years and 2 kids later, Robyn feels trapped as the sole income provider. Meanwhile Fred, his professional snowboarding career over, struggles to find his role in the work force.
Over 18 months, The Big Flip follows the lives of these four “flipped” families where the wife wins the bread and the husband takes care of home and kids. In a society where the majority of Americans still believe kids are better off with mom at home instead of at work, and divorce is 40% more likely when the wife is the breadwinner, The Big Flip follows their quest to find out what it takes for love can endure in The Big Flip.