Last week, TFA Community Blogs featured Croatian-American composer-singer-writer Nenad Bach and his connection with the Filipino Australian community through his music which he lent to support charity drives for victims of super typhoons in the Philippines. Last night, TFA learned that a feature film about him, ‘Everything is Forever’, won top international film awards. TFA writer Violi Calvert shares with us her notes on the awards and Nenad Bach. / Ed.
The journey of Croatian-American composer/singer and writer Nenad Bach through war and peace, and rock and roll captured in the documentary/feature film ‘Everything is Forever’ won top awards at the 47th Annual Worldfest Houston International Film Festival (April 4-13).
The feature film garnered the prestigious Platinum Remi Award for Theatrical Feature Film & Video Award and the Special Jury Remi Award for Music Video Award – Stage Concert/ Performance.
The film spanning fifteen years of the life of Nenad Bach in the USA, Croatia and other parts of Europe, was cleverly made alive on the screen by the talented director Vic Zimet and produced by the prolific writer Stephanie Silber, both of Home Team Productions. Vic and Stephanie were thrilled to receive the plaques with Nenad during the awarding ceremony.
One of Nenad’s friends who attended the film festival was David Byler. David posted on Facebook:
“I’m exhausted and happy tonight/this morning/this afternoon whatever it is. The World Premiere showing of the Vic Zimet film “Everything is Forever” about Nenad Bach was a fantastic success. Not only did the Croatian club show up in strength, many others in the Croatian and Bosnian community were with us tonight. There were viewers from Mexico and Kuwait, India, Germany and other countries came too. New friends were there and enjoyed the production and contributed with good solid questions during the question and answer period as well. Nenad and Vic were so swamped with admirers that it was difficult to clear the theatre for the next show. Marvellous evening! Now I’m off to sleep. Laka ti noc ya’ll!”
When asked for his comments on the mammoth wins of ‘Everything is Forever’, Nenad said: “I feel humbled and honored. After 15 years it feels great to be validated at the first festival. My gratitude towards the whole team especially Vic and Steph.”
The Houston International Film Festival is the first of four film festivals so far that ‘Everything is Forever’ has joined and has been officially accepted.
The indications are that it will be reaping more success as it gets screened in subsequent film festivals.
The film does not only have the components that appeal to discerning viewers and critics; it is also backed by the passion, talent and other admirable qualities of the subject [Nenad Bach] and the team behind it [Vic Zimet, Stephanie Silber and rest of the Home Team Productions].
Photos: Contributed by Nenad Bach’s team.