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We got a nice write-up in the May-June issue of “Video Librarian.” They call “Forgetting Dad”: “… a captivating saga of family dysfunction” and gave it 3 out of 4 stars.
Please encourage your local or university librarian to purchase a DVD for their collection. All DVDs come with public performance rights so they could screen the film publicly whenever they want. More info here.

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We got a quite lengthy review in Germany’s most famous newspaper the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung today from one of the country’s most highly regarded film critics Michael Hanfeld. It’s titled “You Can Forget Your Father.” Pretty appropriate, I’d say. Sounds like Herr Hanfeld ‘got’ it. Besides the usual plot description with occasional comment, the review also goes off on the ‘homeless America’ the film portrays: “It’s the land Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie and Bruce Springsteen sing about, the one John Steinbeck described, a land in which a person can become lost or invisible. Herr Hanfeld continues on to discuss the late German filmmaker Christian Bauer’s film “Missing Allen,” in which Bauer travels the US in search of his American cameraman, who has mysteriously vanished. It’s a terrific film, and I believe this is the first review to draw a comparison between the two films.

It’s strange how some reviews succeed at compacting both the film’s complex storyline and the emotional journey of my family and I into a relatively small space. Reading this nearly three years after the world premiere in Amsterdam, it feels like the film has been put into a box which can be put away high up on a shelf. The trauma of my father’s amnesia will probably never completely fade, but making the film and going public with it has put a frame around the whole ordeal and somehow helped contain it. Although it’s a nice feeling that the film will be showing on Germany’s largest TV station ZDF less than an hour from now, it’s no longer all that important to me. There’s more to life than trying to solve the mystery of my father’s amnesia.

Looking back on my last encounters with my father, it seems he was trying to tell me to not end up like him. In his sometimes awkward way, he was trying to give me some kind of advice on how to cherish what is going on in my life here and now rather than harping on the past or being overly pre-occupied with the future. He has yet to apologize for anything from his past, but he has regret written all over him.

You’ve got to love the long German word Herr Hanfeld uses to describe the feeling Justin and I had upon visiting our father at the end of the film: ‘erbarmungswürdig’ – ‘pitiful’ or ‘pitiable,’ or literally ‘worthy of pity.’ That’s a feeling that hasn’t gone away.

My father has taught me many valuable lessons in life, but the most valuable one yet is showing me vividly with his tortured mind and body how I don’t want to end up. As odd as it may sound, I’m thankful to him for this.

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Paula Guenon is conducting an in-depth interview with director Rick Minnich about FORGETTING DAD from 12-1 p.m. today PST on her show “Don’t Get Left in the Dust” on LA Talk Radio

Host Paula Guenon with director Rick Minnich on LA Talk Radio

. It will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be downloaded here.

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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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Director Rick Minnich will be a featured guest on the highly-regarded Center Stage with Mark Gordon radio program in Los Angeles from 7-8 p.m. tonight. Rick is scheduled to go on at around 7:45 p.m. but tune in early just in case.
Listen “live” on 88.9 FM and online at www.kxlu.com

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Composer Ari Benjamin Meyers, left, attends the Berlinale with filmmakers Matt Sweetwood and Rick Minnich. Photo by Monika Mueller-Kroll for NPR


Check out this two-minute report by Monika Mueller-Kroll with discussion with directors Rick Minnich and Matt Sweetwood and composer Ari Benjamin Meyers on the occasion of the “Forgetting Dad” screening at the Berlin Film Festival, Feb. 2011. It was broadcast on National Public Radio NPR Berlin at 11:32 pm on Friday, 18 February and Monday and Tuesday, 21 + 22 February.

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A fun podcast

Tim Schomacker

Tim Schomacker

I haven’t done a podcast for a while, and got a kick out of doing one yesterday. Bremen-based writer, journalist, radio producer and musician Tim Schomacker took the time to watch some of my films and come up with some questions that really got me thinking about what I’ve dedicated my life to doing – telling stories. His introduction is an astute analysis of the nature of memory (the theme of this year’s “35th Literary Week” in Bremen, Germany which Tim is covering at length) and a reflection upon the common threads that make up my film work. It’s a rare occasion that a journalist puts such effort into a piece, and makes me look at my work with fresh eyes and from a slightly different perspective. It was especially fun to talk about one of my youthful sins – the short film “The Book of Lenins,” which continues to attract attention fifteen years after its completion (who would have ever thought that?)
So for any of you who speak German and want to spend 45 minutes listening to me rambling about my filmmaking career thus far, interspersed with some clever observations from Tim, tune in here (podcast #7, also available for download).
Thanks again, Tim, for the pleasant conversation!

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