March 18 – 29
At Tower City
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Country: GERMANY, USA
Run Time: 84 minutes
"If your father no longer remembers you, does he stop being your father?" That poignant question is posed by filmmaker Rick Minnich in the opening scene as he seeks answers for the reasons behind his father's total amnesia following a minor car accident in 1990. A week after the accident, Richard Minnich no longer recognized any of his family or friends, and he couldn't perform even the simplest of tasks. The doctors were baffled. His family members - three children from Richard's first marriage and Richard's second wife and their two children - were supportive, yet everyone instinctively knew something was terribly wrong. Sixteen years after the accident, Rick returns to his family's home in California and begins to investigate, only to discover no one - not his two wives, his five children, or his former colleagues - truly knows the real Richard Minnich. Part memoir, part detective story, FORGETTING DAD uses home movie clips and probing interviews to create a deeply personal, painful look at how one man's choices rippled through the lives of each member of his family. – C.K.
Matt Sweetwood, Rick Minnich
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
François Cluzet, Omar Sy
Rick Minnich and Matt Sweetwood are German-based U.S. filmmakers. After graduating from Columbia University, Rick moved to Berlin to study directing at the Film and Television Academy. Matt was born in Kansas City and currently lives in Potsdam, Germany. He studied film at the California State University San Diego.
Rick Minnich: "Good Guys and Bad Guys" (1997), "Heaven On Earth" (2000), "Homemade Hillbilly Jam" (2005) - 31st CIFF, FORGETTING DAD (2008); Matt Sweetwood: FORGETTING DAD (2009)
Films Transit International Inc.