Springfield – The Moxie
November 22, 2009 by rickfilms
Rick and Mom at the Moxie
After my visiting artist stint at Stephens College, I headed down to the Ozarks to visit family and catch up with old friends. Nicole and Dan at the Roxie – Springfield’s very cool arthouse cinema – were kind enough to show FORGETTING DAD at their new theater (they ran HOMEMADE HILLBILLY JAM at the old one a few years back). I was getting a bit burned out on doing Q & A’s but this one got very lively, mostly because of the large number of doctors in the room (Nicole had invited all the local neurologists and psychologists). Naturally everyone had some kind of opinion to voice. The neurologist ruled out any possibility of there being any organic damage to my father’s brain and marveled at how I give Dad the benefit of the doubt in the film. A psychology professor broke into a story about his own father’s demise into a childlike state (without amnesia or an accident attached), and told how liberating it was to break free of the bond his father held over him by declaring that he would no longer play along with his father’s games. Now they have a much better relationship. That certainly gave me something to think about.
Rick posing with (from l to r) Pat, Molly Matney, Sandy
Mom and my step-father Tom and his daughter (my step-sister) Nitabelle and a whole bunch of their friends were in the audience. When the lights went on, Mom looked teary-eyed. She says she sees something new in the film every time she watches it, and it still shakes her up. I was also very happy to have Molly Matney and her grandmothers Sandy and Pat there. Some of you might remember Molly and her brother Matthew as the little kids singing and dancing in my Branson film HEAVEN ON EARTH. They’re still little, but now teenagers.