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Kids Grow Up, The
Directed by
Doug Block

USA / 2009 / 90

New York Premiere

Screening Times and Venues:
Upstate Films II RHINEBECK
09/30/2010, 8:00PM
10/02/2010, 7:15PM
Eighteen years in the making, “The Kids Grow Up” beautifully depicts the childhood of a daughter through the loving eyes of her father. Filmmaker Doug Block (“51 Birch Street”) has always been a “camcorder dad,” filming the life of his daughter Lucy at every opportunity, not wanting to lose a moment in growth of his only child. Now faced with his daughter leaving home for college, Block is terrified of letting go while Lucy is ready to move on.

Told through clips of Lucy as a child, pre-teen, and teenager, Block is able to relate his experience as a father, moving through memories seamlessly as if his audience were watching him think. Block’s captivating visual collage, assisted by an eerie, nostalgic score, perfectly portrays Lucy and Doug’s coming of age journey. The result is a funny, touching and remarkably loving exploration of a father and daughter moving on to the next step together. (Jonathan Myers)

Doug Block is a New York-based filmmaker whose work includes much acclaimed feature documentaries.

His film "51 Birch Street" was named as one of the 10 Best Films of the Year by "The New York Times," "The Chicago Sun-Times" and the Ebert & Roeper Show, and was selected as one of the outstanding documentaries of the year by the National Board of Review. His first film, "The Heck With Hollywood" was released in the U.S. by Original Cinema as well as being broadcast on PBS. An Emmy nomination followed with his second film "Home Page," which also screened at the Sundance and Rotterdam Film Festivals.

As a producer and cameraman, Block has worked on numerous award-winning films, such as "Silverlake Life," "Jupiter's Wife" and "Love & Diane." Block is also the founder and co-host of The D-Word, a popular international online discussion forum for documentary professionals.

Producer(s): Doug Block, Lori Cheatle
Director(s): Doug Block
Screenwriter(s): Doug Block
Cinematographer(s): Doug Block
Editor(s): Maeve O'Boyle
Composer(s)/Music: H. Scott Salinas




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