In his 51 BIRCH STREET, one of the most highly praised personal documentaries of recent years, Doug Block took a hard look at his parents’ marriage and his own relationship with his father. With his latest film, Block turns in the other direction, offering an exceptionally moving film about his relationship with his only child, Lucy. THE KIDS GROW UP is a chronicle of Lucy’s emotionally-fraught last year at home before leaving for college. Moving fluidly between past, present and the fast-approaching future, Block uses a lifetime of footage to craft not only a loving portrait of a girl transitioning into womanhood, but also an incredibly candid look at modern-day parenting, marriage, and what it means to let go.
From 51 Birch Street to The Kids Grow Up: Doug Block on making personal documentaries; Outtakes; The Block Family Reacts to The Kids Grow Up; In Memory of Mike Block
Special Jury Prize: Silverdocs; Official Selection: IDFA, Full Frame, Hot Docs
"Intimate, funny, deeply affecting; 'The Kids Grow Up' exemplifies personal filmmaking at its most truthful and absorbing. It's wonderful."
- Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
“Remarkable…a chronicle of ordinary life that is partly a scrapbook, partly a memoir and, most movingly, an essay on the passage of time and the mysterious connection between parents and children.”
– A. O. Scott, New York Times
"A profound, and utterly relatable, contemplation of parenthood, aging and youth's swift passing."
—Anthony Kaufman, indieWIRE
“Nakedly personal…profoundly universal.”
– Eric Hynes, The Village Voice
– Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com