IDYLLWILD, CA; January 11, 2016- Neither flash floods, earthquakes or 2’ of snow could stop The Story Behind Nights In White Satin from taking home the award for Best Documentary at this year's Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema.

Produced and Directed by David Minasian and Executive Producer Michael Pinkus, the film features Justin Hayward of the legendary rock band The Moody Blues telling the story behind the band's iconic hit. In his acceptance speech, Minasian thanked Hayward for penning such a magical track and later remarked that the song's artistic value was evidenced by the fact that people were captivated by it nearly 50 years later.

The festival coincided with some of the most severe weather to hit Southern California in over ten years and yes, there were two earthquakes during the five-day film festival in quaint Idyllwild, CA, nestled in the San Jacinto Mountains, 5200’ above Palm Springs, CA. Film events were not disrupted because of the weather and conditions. It made for a more “Sundance” environment and everyone enjoyed the beauty of the snow.

To celebrate the award, a special 4-disc DVD set containing the documentary along with three rare Justin Hayward solo performances is being offered at a greatly reduced rate, only for a limited time. See the festival’s website for ordering information:


Assoc Prod JJ Pinkus, Exec Prod Michael Pinkus, and Director/Producer David Minasian Enjoying the Snow at Idyllwild, CA   
David Minasin Accepting Award

Special 4-DVD Set