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  An International Film Circuit release
of a Corra Films Production

“A powerfully EMOTIONAL and MOVING experience.”
-Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com



A Film by Henry Corra and Regina Diane Nicholson

US • 2014 • 103 mins • 16:9 • Stereo • NR • In English • All Digital Formats

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    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 a terminal illness, 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. When director Henry Corra met 17-year-old filmmaker Regina Nicholson at a film festival, he agreed to help her make a feature film. What developed over nearly two years is a powerful friendship and poignant relationship between Reggie and Henry. He became her collaborator, friend and defender in her fight to find artistic and personal freedom. 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 filmmaker, 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’s life.  

“The dialogue is so sharp it feels like fiction.” – Diego Costa, Slant


“This film haunted me many months after seeing it,
as did the reaction of the young viewers we showed it to.

– Pamela Cohn, Filmmaker Magazine

“An ode to life, loss and moviemaking. Powerful. A Gripping Story.”
– Zack Sharf, Indiewire

“A documentary to watch for.” – Film Society of Lincoln Center

“One of my FAVORITE FILMS this year.
It moved me to tears while at the same time raising fundamental
questions about what a documentary is.”
– Ally Derks, Director, Amsterdam Film Festival

“To call the latest documentary from Henry Corra (The Disappearance
of McKinley Nolan) powerful and unflinching only scratches the surface.”
– Colin Parker, Examiner.com

“Pitched like a home movie but crafted with fine, poignant sensibilities.”
– Diana Clarke, Village Voice

“Corra and Nicholson have created a new type of filmmaking.”
– C. Seligo, Amsterdam Diaries

“A provocation from beyond the grave.
A remarkable narrative [with] passionate energy.”

– Eric Kohn, IndieWire

“This is an intensely fascinating film. I can’t get it out of my mind.
It conveys so perfectly what it’s like to be young
— the pain of separating from one’s parents, its urgent necessity,
the need to make art in the world, and how it changes everything to find
— for the first time — someone who really understands you.”

– Sheila Heti, writer (“How Should a Person Be?”)

“If Farewell to Hollywood is a difficult film to watch,
it's an even harder one to look away from.
Part video diary, part family portrait and part fairytale.”
– Elina Shatkin, KCET (Read more)

“With the unflinching honesty of this film,
Regina leaves her mark. Creative, thought provoking.”
– Cary Meltzer Frostick, Film-Forward

“The movie paces back and forth between Nicholson’s joy
with the filmmaking process, and the harsh realities of her cancer.”
– Alex Cohen, Take Two, KPCC (Listen here)

    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 was featured at Silverdocs and the Heartland Film Festival. Her final film, Farewell to Hollywood, was made in collaboration with Henry Corra. She died March 1, 2012 at the age of 19.

Henry Corra is an award-winning filmmaker and Sundance Institute Fellow, best known for pioneering Living Cinema, his unique style of nonfiction. His films include Umbrellas (1994), George (2000), Same Sex America (2005) the Emmy-nominated NY77: The Coolest Year in Hell (2007) and The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan (2010). His films have been exhibited worldwide in theatrical venues and broadcast by outlets such as HBO, Showtime, LOGO, CBS, PBS, VH1, Arte and Channel 4. His work has also been shown in museum and cultural venues internationally including MoMA, Louvre, and the National Gallery of Art. He has also done episodic TV projects for broadcasters including MTV, VH1, Bravo, and the Sundance Channel. In addition to his film work, Corra has been singled out as one of the foremost directors of ‘real-people’ commercials in America.

Corra’s films are characterized by a deep and intense relationship with his subjects, his painterly eye, and his novelist sensibility. In this unscripted approach, Corra emotionally embeds himself in his subject’s stories where no one knows the outcome. His subjects are complicit in the not knowing and become collaborators with Corra in the creation of the films based on their lives. Corra strives to achieve a lightness or magical dimension as a counterbalance to the often blunt brutality of the real life situations they depict. While it is an impossible task, it is the tension between this striving for lightness and the weight of his subject’s experience that creates the emotional depth and lyrical power of his work.

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