All screenings are now listed in the NEWS section.

On 3 June 2010, W-Film in Cologne released FORGETTING DAD theatrically in Germany. Click here for all the latest dates and cities. Directors Rick Minnich and Matt Sweetwood as well as producer Olaf Jacobs were present at several screenings. The German TV broadcast and DVD release are scheduled for 2011.

You can see FORGETTING DAD at film festivals around the world, on television in selected countries (see below) or contact us about hosting a screening at a cinema, university, library, hospital, church, living room, etc. in a town of your choice. You can also view some clips or book Rick as an inspirational speaker and/or teacher, and he’ll show you some more. Just drop us a line at info@rickfilms.de.


6 June Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia
Forgetting Dad will screen during the Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival, where Rick will be head of studies of the Sabah Film Academy. Screening 6 June at 8 p.m. at Auditorium JKKN. View the entire festival schedule here.

5 March Oranienburg, Germany
Sneak preview
of Rick's new film The Bomb Hunters at Filmpalast Oranienburg. The screening is at 8 p.m., and will be followed by a Q & A with Rick, Oranienburg's mayor Hans-Joachim Laesicke, retired head of the bomb disposal service in the state of Brandenburg Horst Reinhardt, and other special guests. Tickets are free and can be reserved at the theater hotline: +49-3301 70 48 28.


16 - 20 October Sibiu, Romania
Rick will be an expert at the 2nd session of the Doc Stories Black Sea workshop. He will be screening Forgetting Dad and giving a presentation about the intersection of investigative and personal documentary filmmaking. He will also be tutoring filmmakers from the Black Sea region on their current documentary films. Screening at the Astra Film Festival, Wed. 17 October 19.00

5 January The Netherlands
Slightly more than three years later, Forgetting Dad is returning to the site of its world premiere, this time for the Dutch TV premiere on Nederland 2. The one-hour version will be screening in English with Dutch subtitles at 23:40 tonight. More info on Holland Doc. Tune in and spread the word!


24 + 30 October Germany
German TV premiere of "Forgetting Dad" on ZDF. The first broadcast begins at 0:20 a.m. (the night from Monday to Tuesday) on ZDF. The repeat broadcast is at 8:15 p.m. on ZDF Kultur on 30 October.

25 - 30 September Germany
HOMEMADE HILLBILLY JAM is the highlight of the week on the German Pay-TV channel Planet. This is the German TV premiere of the film at last. It will be show daily until the end of the month. Please check the Planet TV website for the exact times. By the way, the heroes of the film, Big Smith just put out a new album. Get it here.

18 - 30 September Germany
HEAVEN ON EARTH is the highlight of the week on the German Pay-TV channel Planet. The film will be show daily until the end of the month. Please check the Planet TV website for the exact times. HEAVEN ON EARTH is ten years old now and still going strong!

27 August Berlin, Germany
A rare opportunity to see Rick's first feature documentary "Good Guys & Bad Guys" on the big screen. The film will be showing in the "Zurück zum Anfang" (Back to the Beginning) series of first films by local filmmakers at the Lichtblick Kino in Prenzlauer Berg. Screening at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Q & A with Rick. The Lichtblick is located at Kastanienallee 77, 10437 Berlin. Share on Facebook

19-30 June California, USA
Forgetting Dad Father's Day Film Tour + DVD release: 'Forgetting Dad' is finally coming to Rick's home state of California, where most of the film was shot. All screenings will be followed by a Q & A with Rick and special guests from the film. Please attend one of the screenings, spread the word, and support our crowdfunding campaign. Thanks!
19 June (Father's Day) - Los Angeles - USC School of Cinematic Arts Summer Film Series, 5 p.m.
23 June - San Francisco - Red Vic Movie House, 7:15 + 9:25 p.m.
28 June - Pacific Palisades - Villa Aurora, 8 p.m.
30 June - South Pasadena Public Library, 7 p.m.
More dates to follow!

12 April Berlin, Germany
"Forgetting Dad" will be screening in the delightful St. Gaudy Café in Prenzlauer Berg at 20.00 as part of the monthly "Meet the Director" series. Rick will be there to discuss the film afterwards. This is a free screening. Donations are welcome! DVDs and other goodies will be available for purchase so brings some spare change.

17-23 March Magdeburg, Germany
"Forgetting Dad" will be screening for an entire week at the Kulturzentrum Moritzhof. Address and screening times here.

11 February Berlin, Germany
The Berlinale at last! "Forgetting Dad" will be screening in the CinemaxX 1 on Potsdamer Platz at 15:30 as part of the "German Cinema - Lola@Berlinale" program. Rick, Matt and the rest of the crew will be in attendance.

1-2 February Berlin, Germany
"Forgetting Dad" will be screening in the Urania in Schöneberg. Showtimes at 17:00 and 20:00 both days.

30 January Bremen, Germany
FORGETTING DAD will be screening at 20:30 at the Kino 46 in Waller Heerstraße 46 as the closing event of the 35. literarische Woche Bremen, put on by the Rudolf-Alexander-Schröder Foundation. This year's event runs from 18-30 January and has the motto "What's Missing ... What Remains - Strategies of Remembering and Forgetting in Literature, Art, Film and Science." Sounds like FORGETTING DAD is a perfect fit!

27 January Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany
Rick and Matt will be discussing FORGETTING DAD with the first-year directing students at Rick's old alma mater, the Film & Television "Konrad Wolf." Screening at 10 a.m., discussion at 12 p.m. in Kino 1102.


18 December Berlin, Germany
FORGETTING DAD will be screening as part of the exhibit "Transatlantic Impulses - 15 Years Villa Aurora" at the Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg. Rick prepared the main shoot of FORGETTING DAD while in residence at the Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades, California in November 2006, and is thrilled to be able to show the completed film as part of the Villa's 15th anniversary program. The exhibition runs from 3 December 2010 - 2 January 2011. The film program on 18 December begins at 16:00. FORGETTING DAD will be shown at around 17:20. Rick will be in attendance. Admission: € 5 normal, € 3 discounted.

19 November Potsdam, Germany
Directors Rick Minnich and Matt Sweetwood have the honor of presenting two of their films as part of the SOURCES2 scriptwriting workshop taking place in Potsdam. It's a rare opportunity to hear the two discuss in detail the making of FORGETTING DAD. The film will be shown in English with German subtitles (OmU) at 5 p.m. followed by their lecture in English at 6:30 p.m. This will be followed by an audience discussion and a reception in the foyer of the Filmmuseum. At 8 p.m. Rick and Matt's first collaboration, the music documentary HOMEMADE HILLBILLY JAM (English with German subtitles), will be shown - a rare opportunity to see this evergreen on the big screen in the lovely Filmmuseum. Don't miss it!

27 October Würzburg, Germany
Rick will be attending the screening of FORGETTING DAD and discuss the film together with Germany’s leading memory researcher Prof. Hans Markowitsch. Afterwards Prof. Markowitsch will give a workshop on memory and memory loss. More information and registration here.

23-26 September

Dallas Video Fest-
Dallas, Texas, USA
FORGETTING DAD will be screening at this bold "celebration of vision and technology." A rare chance to see the film in the US so if you're anywhere near Dallas at this time, head on over to the Angelika Film Center, Mockingbird Station.

30 August
Special screening of FORGETTING DAD
Berlin, Germany
Rick will attend a special screening of FORGETTING DAD at the Kino Toni in Berlin-Weissensee, hosted by the Berliner Film- und Fernsehverband e.V. Screening at 20.00 followed by Q & A with Rick. Meanwhile, the theatrical release continues across Germany. All dates and times here.

23 + 27 June
Berlin screenings of FORGETTING DAD
Berlin, Germany
Rick will be present at the 6 p.m. screening at the Kino in der Brotfabrik on 23 June and at the 5:30 p.m. screening at Sputnik Südstern on 27 June. Drop by to see the film and ask Rick all those questions you've been dying to ask him.

7-17 June
Shanghai TV Festival - The Magnolia Awards
Shanghai, China
FORGETTING DAD screening in the documentary competition on 9 June at 18:45 at Broadband and 14 June at 13.30 at Studio City. Rick will be in attendance at both screenings, and can be reached by email at rick@rickfilms.de or on his Chinese mobile at +86-1-5811532324.

3 June - ?

Theatrical release of Forgetting Dad
Click here for cities and dates. Many screenings will be followed by a Q & A with directors Rick Minnich and/or Matt Sweetwood, and with producer Olaf Jacobs. Some will be followed with discussions with medical experts in the areas of memory and mental and neurological disorders.

18-28 Mar
Cleveland International Film Festival
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Nesnadny + Schwartz Documentary Film Competition
Screenings: Tues. 23 March, 11:50 and Wed., 24 March, 21:15

27 Feb-28 Mar
The Documentary Edge – New Zealand International Documentary Film Festival
Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand
Auckland: Rialto Cinemas, Newmarket: Sun. 28 Feb. 20:30, Fri, 5 March 16.00, Thurs., 11 March, 20:45
Wellington: Angelika at Reading Cinemas, Courtenay, Sun. 14 March, 20:30, Fri. 19 March, 15:40, Thurs. 25 March, 20:50

21-28 Feb
Sedona International Film Festival
Sedona, Arizona, USA


29 Nov. - 13 Dec.
GZDOC Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival
Guangzhou, China
International Competition Rick will be on hand for the industry events 7-11 Dec.

14-15 Nov Denver, Colorado, USA

Starz Denver International Film Festival

16 Nov St. Louis, Missouri, USA

St. Louis International Film Festival, 9 p.m.

17 Nov Columbia, Missouri, USA

Stephens College, 7 p.m, Charters Auditorium (Rick is a visiting artist at Stephens 17-18 November)

21 Nov Springfield, Missouri, USA

Moxie Cinema, 21 November, 4:15 p.m.

29 Sep - 4 Oct Barcelona, Spain

Docúpolis 9 Festival Internacional Documental de Barcelona

13-14 Oct Ourense, Spain

14th Festival de Cine Internactional de Ourense, screening 13 + 14 October. (Rick will be present at all screenings)

16-25 Oct Hot Springs, Arkansas

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

15-24 Oct Indianapolis, Indiana

Heartland Film Festival

23 Oct Ludwigshafen, Germany

Awarding of the William Dieterle-Filmpreis (Special Prize) to Rick Minnich and Matt Sweetwood for “Forgetting Dad.” This prize is awarded only every three years so it’s a great honor! Award ceremony on 23 October during the 5th Festspiele Ludwigshafen in Theater im Pfalzbau, 19.30. Rick and Matt will be there to pick up their check for 2500 Euros. An excerpt of the film will be shown during the ceremony, and there will be a press conference at 11 a.m. the next day. The entire film will be shown the following Monday, 26 October.

16-25 Oct Hot Springs, Arkansas

FORGETTING DAD is screening at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival - one of the premiere documentary festivals in the US. Rick's last film "Homemade Hillbilly Jam" was the opening night film there in 2005.

15-24 Oct Indianapolis, Indiana

FORGETTING DAD is screening four times during the Heartland Film Festival.

10-17 Oct Ourense, Spain

FORGETTING DAD is screening in the documentary competition at the 14th Festival de Cine Internacional de Ourense. Director Rick Minnich will be present at all three screenings on 13 + 14 October.

3 Oct Eberswalde, Germany

A rare screening of HOMEMADE HILLBILLY JAM. The film will be the opening night attraction at Filmfest Eberswalde. The week-long festival only half an hour north of Berlin is dedicated to films with rural themes. Rick will be there to present the film in person. Screening at the Paul-Wunderlich-Haus on the Marktplatz at 7 p.m. A great chance to see the film and pick up a DVD, T-Shirt and Big Smith CD.

29 Sep - 4 Oct Barcelona, Spain

FORGETTING DAD is screening in the documentary competition at the Docúpolis 9 Festival Internactional Documental de Barcelona.

25-27 Sep Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Southern premiere of FORGETTING DAD at the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival. Screening Saturday, 26 September at 4:30 p.m. at the Branch Life Church.

1-6 Sep Kos, Greece

Greek premiere of FORGETTING DAD in the feature-length film competition at the 1st International Health Film Festival on the isle of Kos, birthplace of Hippocrates. This is the first edition of an exciting new festival devoted to films about health-related issues. Rick will be in Kos all week, and will present FORGETTING DAD personally. Screening at 6:40 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 2 in the Municipal Cinema Orfeas.

18-21 Jun Dublin, Ireland

Come see FORGETTING DAD premiere at the IFI Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival in Dublin. Screening at 5:45 p.m.. on Friday, June 19th.

12-14 Jun Gortahork, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Irish premiere of FORGETTING DAD at the Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival in this remote corner of Northwest Ireland. Join Rick for the screening in the Cinemobile at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 13th.

10-15 Jun Bologna, Italy

Come see FORGETTING DAD at the Biografilm Festival. Imagine, an entire festival devoted to film portraits! Screening at 8:30 p.m., June 11 at Cinema Lumière 2.

22-31 May Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Come to the Vancouver premiere of FORGETTING DAD at the Doxa Documentary Film Festival Screening at 8:30 p.m., Sunday, May 24th at Pacific Cinémathèque.

8-20 May North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Stranger Than Fiction film series in Cologne, Bochum and Münster. See website for venues and times.

8-17 May Warsaw, Poland

Polish premiere of FORGETTING DAD at Planete Doc Review. Come see the film and hear Rick give a master class following the screening on May 13th.

7-16 May Tel Aviv, Israel

Israeli premiere of FORGETTING DAD at DocAviv. Come see the film on the big screen before it makes it to Israeli TV later this year.

6-9 May Toronto, Canada

Canadian premiere of FORGETTING DAD at North America's largest documentary film festival HotDocs. Playing in the World Showcase section at two of Toronto's most beautiful cinemas. Rick will be there for both screenings and numerous extra events so drop by and say hi. Screenings: Wed. May 6, 7:30 p.m. The Royal Cinema, Sat. May 9, 4 p.m. Bloor Cinema,
Kickstart panel "Writing of Documentary," Wed., May 6th, 1-2:15 p.m., Rogers Industry Centre - Victoria College, Filmmaker Conference Session #6: Filmmaker Tag, Friday, May 8th, 2-4 p.m., Rogers Industry Centre

15-22 Apr Berlin, Germany

At last, the long-awaited Berlin premiere of FORGETTING DAD! Join the film crew for the big bash at the lovely Babylon cinema on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Mitte on Sat. April 18th at 6 p.m. The film is screening in the "Made in Berlin-Brandenburg" section of the Achtung Berlin - New Berlin Award film festival. Additional screenings: Monday, April 20th at 10 p.m. in Babylon 3 and Wednesday, April 21st at 5:30 p.m. in the Passage 2 cinema in Neukölln.

4 Apr Durham, North Carolina, USA

North American premiere of FORGETTING DAD at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. I hear great things about Full Frame, and am delighted that they've finally accepted one of my films. So come out and see it. Screening Saturday, April 4 at 1:30 p.m. in Cinema Three.

27 Mar - 21 Apr Brazil

We're thrilled that FORGETTING DAD has been selected for the international competition at South America's leading documentary festival It's All True - É Tudo Verdade. Join Rick and his son Jonathan (who plays a minor role in the film) for the last two screenings in São Paolo. All screenings are free so there's no excuse to not come. The festival takes place in Rio de Janeiro, São Paolo and Brasília.


Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro-RJ) - March 27, 20:30
Unibanco Arteplex (Rio de Janeiro-RJ) - March 28 - 22:30
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro-RJ) - March 29 - 18:30

Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (São Paulo - SP) - March 31 - 15:00
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (São Paulo - SP) - April 3 - 19:00
Cinesesc (São Paolo - SP) - April 5 - 17:00

Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (Brasília - DF) - April 19 - 18:30
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (Brasília - DF) - April 21 - 16:30

29 Mar Belfast, Northern Ireland

FORGETTING DAD will have its UK and Ireland premiere in the Maysles Brothers Documentary Competition of the 9th Jameson Belfast Film Festival. Pretty amusing considering it's such an un-Maysles Brothers type of film. But hey, who's complaining. So check it out at the Queen's Film Theater QFT, Sunday 29 March at 5 p.m.

27-28 Feb Columbia, Missouri, USA

Sneak preview of FORGETTING DAD at the True/False Film Festival in Columbia, Missouri. Matt and I were thrilled when festival directors Paul and David invited us back three years after HOMEMADE HILLBILLY JAM was the closing night film at True/False. So come to the screenings and hang out with us! And keep your eyes out for some special guests from the film. Screenings: Friday, Feb. 27th, Little Ragtag, 10:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, 1 p.m. Windsor Cinema.

26 Jan - 1 Feb Saarbrücken, Germany

Join the crew of FORGETTING DAD for the German premiere at the 30th Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis, Germany's most prestigious festival for emerging filmmakers. Screening times: Wed., 28 Jan., 18:00 Filmhaus, Thursday, 29 Jan. 14.30 Cinestar 3 (jury screening), Sat. 31 Jan. 13.00 Cinestar 3.

23 Jan - 2 Feb Göteborg, Sweden

Scandinavian premiere of FORGETTING DAD at the the 32nd Göteborg International Film Festival - the largest and most important film festival in Scandinavia. Rick will be at the screenings on Jan. 26th and 27th. Details here.



17 - 28 Nov
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam IDFA
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
World premiere of FORGETTING DAD in the Joris Ivens Competition. Rick will be on hand for all screenings. Matt and composer Ari Benjamin Meyers will attend selected screenings. Rick and Matt will be guests on the "Talk of the Day" talk show on 26 Nov.