Director of the Center on Stress and Health at Stanford University School of Medicine, recently wrote with his reaction to FORGETTING DAD. He called it “very touching and thoughtful” and gave us this attribution:
“Forgetting Dad” is a carefully crafted, thought-provoking family mystery story about memory. It reminds us that remembering can be even more painful than forgetting. It provokes questions in seeking answers. We all need to figure out who our parents are, and this becomes a lot harder when they don’t seem to know that themselves. Well worth watching.”
Dr. Spiegel is one of the world’s leading experts on stress-related health disorders and dissociation. He evaluated my father in 1992. His evaluation is one of two which my step-sister Lora discovered in the courthouse file while we were making the film. Dr. Spiegel subsequently gave us an excellent interview, which we decided not to use in the film because it explains too much what’s most likely going on inside my father’s head. Rather than explaining amnesia, Matt and I decided to focus on how my family have experienced what’s been going on with my father. Excerpts of the interview with Dr. Spiegel as well as the interview with Stanford neurologist Michael Greicius will, however, be available on the deluxe-edition DVD coming out June 19th.