FAREWELL TO HOLLYWOOD
The Life and Death of Reggie Nicholson
A documentary film by Henry Corra and Reggie Nicholson
Opens in NYC – Wednesday, February 25
Opens in LA – Friday, March 13
International Film Circuit and Corra Films are proud to announce the US Theatrical release of FAREWELL TO HOLLYWOOD, a documentary film by Henry Corra and Reggie Nicholson. This award-winning documentary has screened at numerous international film festivals including IDFA, Hot Springs Doc Fest and Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. The film will open in New York at Cinema Village on Wednesday, February 25 (the day of Reggie Nicholson’s birthday), and at the Noho 7 in Los Angeles on Friday, March 13. A national release will follow.
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 before she dies. 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 legally on her own, things become even more intense.
FAREWELL TO HOLLYWOOD 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.
It’s a raw and unexpected love story about the commitment of two people to art, poetry, care, and the potential beauty of every moment together, to the very end.