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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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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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