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We just found out today, that “Forgetting Dad” is one of twelve films to be shortlisted for the German Film Prize (Lola) – the German equivalent of the Oscar – in the documentary category. Now the 1300 members of the German Film Academy will select the two nominations, which will receive a sizable amount of funding for new projects. The nominees will be announced on 11 March.

Meanwhile, all shortlisted films will screen next month in the new section of the Berlin International Film Festival “German Cinema – LOLA@Berlinale,” which is part of the European Film Market.

Here is a complete list of all shortlisted films (documentary, narrative, children’s film).

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 3 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 18 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 50 posts. There were 54 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 129mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was July 18th with 1 views. The most popular post that day was FAQ.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were forgettingdad.com, svt.se, facebook.com, rickfilms.de, and moviemaze.de.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for forgetting dad, rick minnich, forgetting dad film, forgetting dad documentary, and talk show.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


FAQ September 2009
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Clips September 2009


Photos September 2009


Where to See September 2009


Press Room September 2009

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We’re planning a follow-up film to “Forgetting Dad,” featuring my brother Justin, who provides some of the film’s most moving moments. In this film, tentatively titled “Ibogaine – The Way Out?” Justin and I will travel to Mexico in search of a miraculous cure for Justin’s heroin addiction.

The project is one of six to be selected for the “Seize the Future Crowd Funding Pitch” at the prestigious Sheffield Doc/Fest in the UK on Nov. 6, 2010. Read more about the project and help us get it off the ground by visiting our crowd funding site. Thanks!

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Just got word from my contact at Finnish Television that the “Forgetting Dad” broadcast in Finland last September had a respectable 50,000 viewers. Not bad in a country of five million. She also sent me this newspaper review, where FD got four stars and “In Bed with Madonna” only three. Wow, beat out Madonna! Who would have ever thought that? The reviewer called FD a “charming and surprising thriller.” The film went over well enough in Finland that the broadcaster YLE is going to show it again later this year.

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Tonight “Forgetting Dad” won the Jury Grand Prize of the International Competition at GZDOC – the Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival in China. In the glitziest awards ceremony I’ve ever had the pleasure of partaking in, and the only one in an amusement park, I had the great pleasure of receiving the final and most important prize of the evening while television camera swooned about and flashes lit the sky. What a surreal experience to top off my first week in China! (Watch the video here)

The jury’s decision was unanimous. I was particularly touched by their statement, and how the Asian members were so supportive of the film. I guess it really does strike a universal chord. Here’s what they had to say:

“The film captures a private issue which seems to be restricted to a family. Dad lost his memory because of a car accident. The director takes a step-by-step way to tell a story which is closely related to everyone of us. Everyone has the right to choose their lifestyle. Respecting their choice is respecting ourselves. The film is warm and thought-provoking.”

I don’t think anyone has ever referred to the film as warm before, but as the jury members told me afterwards, they were touched by how I steadfastly refuse to denounce my father and how I go against the audience’s expectations by not confronting him on camera in the end. Clearly they didn’t have a problem with the film’s ambivalence and open end.

The entire week here at GZ DOC has been a blur that I’ll have to write more about once I’ve stopped spinning. But for now, thanks again to my family for all their openness in participating in the film, and thanks to my dedicated crew for their amazing artistic contributions and willingness to stick it out so long until we got the film just right.

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Writer/director Rick Minnich will be in the US Nov. 12-22 for a mini-tour with “Forgetting Dad.” The film will screen twice at the Denver Film Festival on Nov. 13-14th, once at the St. Louis International Film Festival Nov. 16th, once at Stephen’s College in Columbia, Missouri the evening of Nov. 17th (Rick will be a visiting artist at Stephen’s Nov. 17-18th), and once at The Moxie in Springfield, MO Sat. Nov. 21st at 4:30 p.m. For details, check the screenings section. Rick will attend all screenings and can be reached on his US mobile at 916-290-2062. Hope to see you, and spread the word!

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Belgian public TV station VRT Canvas broadcasted “Forgetting Dad” on Oct. 28th and I’ve been receiving some nice responses from viewers. Feel free to post your comments here on our film blog or become a fan on Facebook.



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Matt and Rick 23.10.2009

Matt and Rick with William Dieterle in between us and Mayor Dr. Eva Lohse to the right

[captionMatt Sweetwood, Mayor Eva Lohse, Rick MinnichMatt and Rick with their certificates and flowersRick and Matt were just in Ludwigshafen am Rhein to receive the William-Dieterle-Filmpreis (special prize) for “Forgetting Dad.” The mayor herself, Dr. Eva Lohse, presented us with the award, which comes with 2500 Euros in prize money. Now how often do you get to rub shoulders with the mayor? What an honor!

The whole ceremony took place at the newly-renovated Pfalzbau, and featured some terrific music by local hero Siggi Schwab and his ensemble.

The Ernst-Bloch-Zentrum and the City of Ludwigshafen present the William-Dieterle Filmpreis every three year in honor of actor/director Wilhelm Dieterle, who changed his name to William when he fled Nazi Germany for Hollywood. This year the main prize (7500 Euros) went to the narrative feature “Der rote Punkt” (The Red Dot) by Munich-based Japanese director Marie Miyayama. It’s hard to compete against our fiction colleagues, so we’re plenty happy to have received the special prize. Special thanks go out to Klaus Kufeld and Herbert Baum from the Ernst-Bloch-Zentrum, to Mayor Dr. Eva Lohse, and to all the nice folks involved in the awards ceremony. And, of course, many thanks to the jury for the recognition!

P.S. You can read Susanne Marshall’s terrific laudatory speech (in German) for both films here.

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Matt and I just wrapped up the one-hour TV version. Jon Kalina in Montreal did a great job of killing our darlings and knocking 25 minutes out of the film for us. After that, all we really had to do was clean it all up, record a bit of new voice-over, and re-mix a few spots. The story certainly moves along at quite a quick pace, and is probably better suited to TV audiences, but it’s still a bit strange to eliminate two complete contributors in the film, and to radically trim all kinds of other stuff. As Matt joked in the cutting room, “This is the de-clawed version.” He’s right. The story still works, but many of the twists and turns and nuances are gone. It has less bite, and has lost some of its detective story character.
Anyway, it’s the first time I’ve done one of these cut-downs, and I’m not going to whine about it. I want the film to get seen by as many people as possible, and this is all part of it. The first TV broadcast is next month in The Netherlands. The Dutch were the first to broadcast “Heaven on Earth” back in 2001, so I guess there’s something about my films that they like!

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