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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,600 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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We’d like to extend a warm thank you to everyone who supported our recent crowdfunding campaign for the Father’s Day Film Tour of California. While we didn’t reach our fundraising goal, your contributions help cover quite a few of our expenses. Most importantly, the campaign and tour opened some doors, which will surely help the film find more appreciative viewers. So thanks again for your generous support!

Supporters (in alphabetical order)
Xan Aranda
Karri Barry
Martin Duffy
John Ealer
Michael Hagedorn
Miriam Hermanns
Ebba Jahn
Sonja Kulkarni
Grace Lee
Marlow Shute
Wolfgang Schwarz
Luciana Sollero
Sarah Strandberg
Karen Sutton

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Our crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo is going into the last weekend. To celebrate this event, we are making the entire 84-minute version of “Forgetting Dad” available for free online in the original English version for the next 48 hours. You can view the film in excellent HD quality without any commercial interruptions, but it is not possible to download the film. If you like the film and want a copy for your library, you can purchase the DVD here.

Why are we giving away the film? To thank our supporters and to gain new fans. All we ask in return is that you spread the word about the film to your friends and family, and encourage them to make a donation to our crowdfunding campaign. Those donating $1 or more will gain access to exclusive bonus material not found on the DVD or anywhere else, as well as some terrific VIP perks. Plus you will be supporting our ongoing efforts to market the film around the world.

If you have any suggestions about where to show the film, please let us know. Thanks again for your support!

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As another bonus to supporters of the Father’s Day Film Tour, we’re making the 43 min. video of the recording session with the Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg available online. See composer Ari Benjamin Meyers conducting his breathtaking score.
Simply go to our crowdfunding site, pledge any amount of $1 or more, and you will be sent the link and password to the video. We’d love to give it to you for absolutely free, but we’re dependent on your help to recoup our expenses from the film tour, and to continue our efforts to get the film out there. Every contribution, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated!

Ari Benjamin Meyers conducting the Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg

Thanks again for your support!

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Jan Emamian and Rick Minnich at the S. Pasadena Library

The lively Q & A session with my sister Jan and me after the screening at the South Pasadena Library on June 30th is now online exclusively for supporters of the “Father’s Day Film Tour.” Make your contribution in any amount today, and we’ll send you the password to watch the 43 minute video.

The fundraising campaign runs through July 10th. All revenue will be used to cover the tour expenses (DVD production, theater rentals, posters, flyers, travel expenses, etc.)

Thanks for your support!

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Here’s a little interview in the South Pasadena Patch reflecting some thoughts on my encounter with my father last weekend.
Tonight is the final screening of the Father’s Day Film Tour of California at the South Pasadena Public Library at 7 p.m.

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Here it is, hot off the press – the deluxe edition DVD. Order it now, and get it in time for Father’s Day (June 19th). All orders are processed and shipped within 24 hours. Details here

deluxe edition DVD

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute called FORGETTING DAD: “… one of the top independent docs of the decade …” Who could argue with them? Judge for yourselves! Place your order today.

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Today we launched the crowdfunding campaign for the Father’s Day Film Tour and DVD release of FORGETTING DAD. We aim to raise $6000 on IndieGoGo by July 10, 2011 to cover the production of the deluxe-edition DVD, new promotional materials and travel expenses related to Rick’s tour of California.

Even though Rick was born and raised in California and most of FORGETTING DAD was shot there, it has never been publicly screened there. But this is about to change. The California premiere will take place as part of the prestigious USC Summer Film Series on Father’s Day, June 19th. Rick will then tour around the state for two weeks. Click here for a list of screenings.

We’ve got lots of fun VIP perks like DVDs, free tickets, posters, private screenings and scrumptious cupcakes and cakes baked by my niece Yasi. So check out the campaign, come out to see the film, spread the word through all your networks, and make a donation if you can. Thanks!

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David Spiegel, M.D.

Psychiatrist David Spiegel M.D., Willson Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences,
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.

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Back to alma mater

Today Matt and I returned to my old film school, the Film & Television Academy “Konrad Wolf” in Potsdam-Babelsberg, to discuss “Forgetting Dad” with some first-year film students right after they’d watched the film. I hadn’t stepped foot inside the school in years, but everything looked just the same.

It was a bit difficult to gage the students reactions. They seemed a bit overwhelmed by the film and by our presence. Or maybe they were simply too young to be able to fully digest the film. Our most appreciative audiences tend to be people who are old enough to have kids and grandkids of their own or to have suffered the loss of a parent.

For what it was worth, it was great to put in another joint appearance and to have the opportunity to reflect upon this little beast that we launched slightly over two years ago. Thanks to Marie Wilke for inviting us to talk to her students!

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