One and a half months after her 16th birthday, Regina Diane Nicholson, from Long Beach, California, was diagnosed with an osteosarcoma, a malignant,
cancerous, bone tumor that usually develops in teenagers and young adults when they are growing rapidly. Many first complain of pain which may be worse at
night. Those active in sports, may complain of pain in their lower femur, or right below their knee. A pathological bone fracture may also be a first sign
or symptom, as the bones may not be as strong as they normally would be.
Regina, or Reggie, handles her diagnosis with maturity and humor, and seeing as she has a passion for films and filmmaking, decides to document her
experience, the disease process, and the impact it has on her family, friends, and healthcare providers.
In her film, “Farewell to Hollywood,” she compares the anguish she is experiencing, to the intensity, rawness, and violence exhibited in Quentin
Tarantino’s, “Pulp Fiction,” often cutting to scenes from the 1994, action thriller. A film enthusiast through and through, Reggie has film posters all
over her bedroom walls and even “Made a Wish” with the “Make a Wish” Foundation and was allowed to be an extra on the film set of Kevin Smith’s “Red
Good natured, with only good intentions demonstrated in the film, director Henry Corra, met the then 17 year old filmmaker, Regina
Nicholson at a film festival, and agreed to help her make her
feature film. As Reggie turned 18, her parents had conflicting emotions
becoming an adult and her desire to branch out, creating an
independent life for herself, which would mean, she would be moving out
of their house,
getting her own work space, completing the film, all the while,
continuing to receive treatment while documenting the film. Everyone
The film carries the viewer through the difficult decisions that
this young adult female has to make. You will see how she copes, the
she chooses to take, the surgeries she chooses to undergo, what
and who makes her happy, who she appoints as her healthcare proxy, and
how she and her
caretaker decide to carry out her end of life care. The film
should raise awareness to the fact that we should all appoint a
healthcare proxy (someone
who would make healthcare decisions for you in the event you are
unable to make them yourself), even at a young age
In the film, she often shows herself swinging on a swing over a cliff
and the sea in Southern California, where she appears to be very free
Regina is a very brave woman who knows what and who makes her happy and knows how to live life to the fullest.
The film will open in New York at Cinema Village on Wednesday,
February 25 , 2015 (the day of Reggie Nicholson’s birthday),
and at the Noho 7 in Los Angeles on Friday, March 13, 2015.
A national release will follow.