A Recommendation

June 30, 2009

Last week I stumbled upon a documentary by Doug Block called, 51 Birch St. The film, shot in 2005, came to fruition when Block started shooting footage of his family as a personal record of the home where he grew up. But when his mother dies suddenly, during the process of his filming, his family movie takes some interesting turns. Basically, the film focuses on his parents’ relationship and the filmmaker’s quest to understand who these people he’s known all his life really are. It certainly provokes one to think about our own families, our own lives and what we’re willing or able to settle for.

I salute Doug Block and his family for sharing themselves so honestly with an audience, even though at the time they had no idea the film would be included on the roster at numerous film festivals and shown on the big screen to critical acclaim. I found the film riveting and I highly recommend it. If you happen to get your hands on a copy, I suggest you watch the extra in the bonus features too. You can visit his website here.

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One Response to “A Recommendation”

  1. Kathy said

    Hi Kim,
    Congratulations!
    I have enjoyed reading your blogs and love the photography. Way to go girl….very impressed and very proud of you.

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