Do we ever really know our parents? If we were suddenly given the chance to know all about them, would we take it? And is it ever too late to establish a deeper connection with them? These are the primal human questions at the heart of Doug Block’s acclaimed personal documentary 51 Birch Street, and that we’re continuing to explore at 51BirchStreet.com.
• 51 BIRCH STREET NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES: Buy or download the film online here. To accompany the digital release, Director Doug Block made an 8-minute video podcast on the art and craft of making personal documentaries. See it for free here.
• Check out THE KIDS GROW UP, Doug Block’s long-awaited follow-up film to 51 Birch Street. Opening in theaters on Oct 29th, 2010 at the Angelika Film Center in NYC and Nov 12th at the Laemmle Sunset 5 in LA, with other cities to follow. See the trailer here
• 51 BIRCH STREET ON DVD: Featuring a number of great extras, including a 21-minute piece featuring the Block family’s wide-ranging reactions to the film and the hoopla surrounding its release.
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• ACCOLADES FOR 51 BIRCH STREET: The film opened theatrically on Oct 18th, 2006 to unanimous rave reviews, and went on to an almost unheard of 9-month run in over 60 cities here and abroad. It currently has a 97% “freshness” rating at Rotten Tomatoes, based on 36 reviews. Here are just some of the accolades it’s received:
One of the Top Ten Films of the Year
● The New York Times
● Siskel & Ebert
● Chicago Sun-Times
One of the Outstanding Documentaries of the Year
● National Board of Review
● Boston Society of Film Critics
● Rolling Stone Magazine
Best Documentary of the Year
● AARP Magazine’s Movies For Grown-Ups Award
● Boston Phoenix
• MEDIA BLASTS: Director Doug Block recently spoke with Dick Gordon on the American Public Media radio program The Story. He also spoke with Robin Young on the National Public Radio program Here and Now (scroll to the 34:30 mark). The film inspired a fascinating theological discussion held at the WindRider Forum during this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and the podcast is available at The Kindlings Muse. For in-depth print interviews with Doug, check out JMag, IndieWire, the Austin Chronicle and Shooting People.
Documentary filmmaker Doug Block had every reason to believe his parent’s 54-year marriage was a good one. So he isn’t prepared when, just a few months after his mother’s unexpected death, his 83-year old father phones to announce that he’s moving to Florida to live with “Kitty”, his secretary from 40 years before.
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In the past two years we’ve screened 51 Birch Street many times all over the world. And no matter where we’ve shown it, audience members have been profoundly moved - and always eager to share their own stories with us. In that spirit, we invite you to share your personal reaction to the film, and how it hit home for you regarding your own family. Please don’t be bashful - it helps and inspires others when you Share Your Story…
Director Doug Block talks about how, long before making 51 Birch Street, he came to know and appreciate his parents better by videotaping family history interviews with each. Doug shares the experience and offers tips on how to easily interview your own parents for posterity.
Yep. Accolades and awards are nice, but in the documentary world fame isn’t exactly fortune. So, as 51 Birch Street director Doug Block continues to develop and work on exciting new documentaries, he continues to make his signature, documentary-style wedding videos. Click here for more information.