FORGETTING DAD

June 19, 2011, 5:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The SCA Summer Screening Series and Hoferichter & Jacobs GmbH invite you and a guest to attend the California Premiere of:

Forgetting Dad


Written, Directed and Edited by Rick Minnich and Matt Sweetwood. Produced by Olaf Jacobs.

5:00 P.M. on Sunday, June 19th, 2011
Followed by a Q&A with Rick Minnich and Jan & Payman Emamian

The Ray Stark Family Theatre
George Lucas Building, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

About Forgetting Dad

One week after a seemingly harmless car accident, Richard Minnich - a California data processing executive and father of five - 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. The doctors are baffled, as there is no evidence of brain damage or other physical causes. For the family, the event marks the beginning of a neverending nightmare.

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. He talks with his family members and a former colleague of Richard's, and reconstructs in detective-story fashion the period of time before and the years following the accident. Along the way, Rick not only discovers many deep-rooted emotions that had never been dealt with, but also uncovers startling facts that shed a very different light on his father's memory loss. Was Richard really struck by a horrible affliction, or was he perhaps trying to escape from a life he could no longer lead?

Provided courtesy of Hoferichter & Jacobs GmbH. Running time: 84 minutes.

To visit the Official Website, go to: www.forgettingdad.com

 

About the Guests

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).

Jan and Payman Emamian (Family Members)
Jan Minnich Emamian is a Realtor with the John Aaroe Group here in Pasadena where she lives with her husband, Payman Emamian, their 16 year old daughter Yasi, and 10-year-old son, Cameron. She has served as an active member of the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts for more than a decade where she most recently held the position of house operations co-chairman. In addition, she is also a member of the San Marino National Charity League where she works with her daughter, Yasi, and other mothers and daughters to assist a variety of charities from the Union Station to the Pasadena Senior Center and more. Jan enjoys spending time on the baseball field with her son, Cameron, and the golf course with her daughter, Yasi, as well as actively participating at their schools. When she isn’t selling homes or busy with her family, you might see her running around town. In fact, she recently ran the Pasadena Half Marathon.

Payman Emamian is a Broker with the John Aaroe Group in Old Town where he specializes in commercial and investment properties. He immigrated to the United States in 1977, where he quickly assimilated and came to love his new environment. Though he spent his childhood in Burbank, it was Pasadena he and his wife, Jan, decided to call home after their marriage in 1993. He spent a year overseeing the remodel of their Linda Vista mid-century home, an architectural style he is particularly fond of. He enjoys playing baseball with his son, Cameron, and can be seen keeping score most of the Spring at Allendale Field. Payman also enjoys spending time with his daughter, Yasi and the family’s much-adored cockapoo, Coco.

It was when Payman and Jan were dating that they were told of Richard’s accident and it was a chilling experience from the start. They flew to Davis, where Richard was living with his second wife, Loretta, and their two young children, Justin and Matthew. The first time Jan saw Richard and he didn’t recognize her, it “took her breath away”. “He looked at me as if a Girl Scout had knocked on his door and wanted to sell him cookies, I was a perfect stranger to him!” They quickly set about finding out what was happening. It became clear fairly quickly that the marriage between Richard and his wife, Loretta, was crumbling and Jan went in to “protect Dad” mode. It took several visits to find Richard an apartment, secure his social security benefits, etc. It was tedious and often emotional work. It was, in many regards, like dealing with a death. When Rick decided to make a film documenting the journey of their family, it initially met with mixed emotions but the family stood in support throughout the process. Jan describes the making of the film as a difficult but necessary journey. An experience that was painful and emotional; but, also a bonding experience for the siblings. “We are all proud of the work Rick has done to bring our family’s journey to the World. We remain hopeful that it will help other families who may experience similar difficult and troubling situations.”

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the general public. Please bring a photo ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 4:30 P.M.

Parking

The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu
Phone: 213.740.2330