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Forgetting Dad

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One week after a seemingly harmless car accident, Richard Minnich wakes up with total amnesia. He no longer recognises his wife and children and has a great deal of difficulty with the simplest daily tasks.
Sixteen years later, filmmaker Rick Minnich - the oldest son from Richard's first marriage - returns to California with a camera in search of answers to why his father's memory still hasn't returned. Was Richard really struck by a horrible affliction, or was he perhaps trying to escape from a life he could no longer lead?

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Running Time: 84 min.
Subject(s): Family, Health, Personal Story
Language(s): English
Director(s):
Producer(s): Olaf Jacobs
Cinematographer: Axel Schneppat
Editor(s): Rick Minnich, Matt see all »
Production Company: Hoferichter & Jacobs GmbH

Press

  • "A film which questions Richard Minnich’s amnesia with great sensitivity and suspense."
    FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE
    Christine Ritzenhoff
  • "Breathtaking documentary."
    KINO-ZEIT
    Joachim Kurz
  • "An unparalleled, touching documentary."
    SCHNITT
    Matthias Wannhof
  • "Incredibly fascinating."
    TIP
    Alexandra Seitz
  • "A Fascinating Film."
    DENVER DAILY NEWS
    Gil Whiteley
  • "Another pick for one of the top independent docs of the decade. The filmmakers' dad develops amnesia, and rejects the relationship they once had. Both fascinating and heartbreaking, this is why we love CINEMA."
    HOT SPRINGS DOCUMENTARY FILM INSTITUTE
  • "...a clever allegory about the United States of Amnesia, wherein wind-blown men can remake themselves in an instant."
    TRUE/FALSE FILM FESTIVAL
    Paul Sturtz
  • Thumbs up: "A thrilling and moving film..."
    CINEMA.DE
  • "An incredibly bizarre journey across America with increasingly surreal imagery."
    SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG
    Martina Knoben

Festival & Awards

  • Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival, Netherlands - 2008
    Special Jury Award
  • Göteborg International Film Festival, Sweden - 2009

  • Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis, Germany - 2009

  • True/False Film Fest, USA - 2009

  • Belfast Film Festival, Northern Ireland - 2009

  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, USA - 2009

  • It's All True International Documentary Film Festival, Brazil - 2009

  • Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Canada - 2009

  • Doc Aviv, Israel - 2009

  • Planete Doc Review, Poland - 2009

  • Achtung Berlin – New Berlin Film Award, Germany - 2009
    Honorable Mention
  • Doxa Documentary Film Festival, Canada - 2009

  • Biografilm, Italy - 2009

  • Guth Gafa Documentary Film Festival, Ireland - 2009

  • Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival, Ireland - 2009

  • Ippokrates Health Film Festival, Greece - 2009
    Audience Award
  • Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, USA - 2009

  • Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, China - 2009
    Grand Jury Prize
  • Ourense International Film Festival, Spain - 2009

  • Dallas Video Fest, USA - 2010
    Honorable Mention

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  • About the directors

    RICK MINNICH & MATT SWEETWOOD
    Rick Minnich – Writer / Director
    Rick Minnich was born in Pomona, California in 1968 and grew up in Kansas, Arizona and California. After graduating with a B.A. in English Literature from Columbia University in 1990, he moved to Berlin, where he studied directing at the Film and Television Academy “Konrad Wolf.” His graduation film HEAVEN ON EARTH won the 2001 Babelsberg Media Prize for best documentary graduation film in Germany, and in 2002 it took the FIPA d’Or in Biarritz and numerous other prizes in the United States and Europe. It also screened at IDFA in 2001. Rick Minnich’s films have been shown throughout Europe by such TV broadcasters as ARTE, WDR, ORF, etc. FORGETTING DAD is his third feature-length documentary. It follows HOMEMADE HILLBILLY JAM (2005, released in the US by First Run Features and in Germany by Epix Media AG) and GOOD GUYS & BAD GUYS (1997).

    Matt Sweetwood – Co-writer / Co-director / Editor
    Born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1971. He currently lives in Potsdam, Germany. Sweetwood studied film at the California State University San Diego. He has broad experience as a script writer and director in both the United States and Germany. His scripts include THE JEWISH SANTA CLAUS (Edgar Reitz Filmproduktion, Germany) and THE STROKE (Flying Moon Filmproduktion, Germany). He wrote the script and directed the documentaries THE STORY OF LIBERTY and LIBERTY AT WAR (2004). He also edited the documentaries DESERT DREAMERS (2005) and HOMEMADE HILLBILLY JAM (2005, which he also co-wrote).

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