Farewell to Hollywood
USA, 2013, Colour, 102 min
In a recurring poetic image, 17-year-old Regina Diane Nicholson swings between heaven and earth on a breathtakingly high cliff by the sea. Reggie is a tomboy struggling with cancer, her parents and her dream of making a film. She impresses us with her loving, strong personality and wisdom beyond her years, as well as her morbid sense of humor. Together with director Henry Corra, she is working on a portrait of herself and her struggle with her illness. The film’s initial focus is on Reggie, but it quickly makes way for an escalating conflict between her and her parents as Reggie develops a closer relationship with Henry, who takes her seriously. When Reggie turns 18 and can make decisions on her own, things become even more intense. This film is a poetic fairytale about love and death, holding on and letting go, one that invites us to discuss the relationship between the maker, subject and family. An eclectic mix of images with the intimacy of a video diary or home movie, it is filmed both by Henry and by Reggie and supplemented by their text message exchanges, images from her favorite movies, and fairytale-like scenes with songs that together form a heartwarming, but also heartbreaking and controversial ode to Reggie.
- Directors Bio
- Festival and Awards
Henry Corra is an award-winning filmmaker and Sundance Institute Fellow, best known for pioneering Living Cinema, his unique style of nonfiction. Corra has been singled out as one of the foremost directors of “real-people” commercials in America.
Regina Diane Nicholson (b. 2/25/93, d. 3/1/12) was a South Pasadena–based filmmaker and student. Her short film Glimpse of Horizon, about her mortality, won AFI’s TEENDOCS competition and has been featured at the Silverdocs Documentary Festival and the Heartland Film Festival. Her last film, Farewell to Hollywood, is a feature made in collaboration with Henry Corra.
IDFA 2013. Visions du Réel, Nyon 2014. Documentary Edge, New Zealand 2014. Second Prize - EDOX 2013.
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