Q: I just watched "The Wolf of Snow Hollow," which starred Robert Forster, but the credits also say it was dedicated to Forster's memory. How does that work?

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It works through film great Robert Forster's dedication, combined with the slow process of releasing an indie film. Forster died of brain cancer on Oct. 11, 2019, at age 78, not long after wrapping work on "The Wolf of Snow Hollow" (2020).

Though every director in the world will tell you that there's plenty of production work to do after they say, "That's a wrap," it's especially true for indie films.

Unlike films produced by major studios, which generally either distribute their own films or have deals in place with distributors, indie films have the extra step of finding distribution after producing a finished product. For "The Wolf of Snow Hollow," that didn't happen until September 2020, almost a year after it finished filming. (Which, of course, gave the producers plenty of time to add an in-memoriam note to Forster in the final credits.)

It's incredible to think that Forster was working right up to the end with such a disease — and on a werewolf movie, no less. But as you know having watched it, "Wolf" is more than just that. It's also very much about the relationship between a dying father and the son trying to step into his boots.

Needless to say, art was very much imitating life when Forster, afflicted with brain cancer, was playing a cop who refused to retire in the face of his own terminal (heart) disease.


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