Doug Block Biography

Doug Block (Director, producer, camera) is a New York-based filmmaker whose work includes some of the most acclaimed feature documentaries of the past 20 years.

Doug’s most recent film, 51 Birch Street, was named one of the Ten Best Films of 2006 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, the Boston Society of Film Critics and Rolling Stone Magazine. The film garnered numerous awards, including Best Overall Program at the 2008 Banff Television Awards. 51 Birch Street screened at dozens of international film festivals, followed by a 9-month U.S. theatrical release. It aired on HBO, ZDF/Arte, Channel Four and many other stations worldwide.

Doug’s first film, The Heck With Hollywood! screened at leading international film festivals before being released theatrically in the U.S. by Original Cinema. The Heck With Hollywood! was broadcast internationally and on PBS and Bravo in the U.S. His second feature was the Emmy-nominated film Home Page, a look at the early days of online culture. Called “Groundbreaking” by Roger Ebert, the film screened at the Sundance and Rotterdam Festivals and was broadcast on HBO, IFC and in Europe after a theatrical release.

His credits as producer include: Silverlake Life (Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Peabody, Prix Italia), Jupiter’s Wife (Sundance Special Jury Award, Emmy), Love and Diane (Independent Spirit Award), Paternal Instinct (Best Feature Film – NY Gay & Lesbian Film Festival) and A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory (top doc prizes at the Berlin and Tribeca film festivals). He is currently producing Amy Hardie’s The Edge of Dreaming, a co-production with Channel Four, ZDF/Arte, VPRO and Scottish Screen.

Doug is also the founder and co-host of The D-Word (www.d-word.com), a popular online discussion forum for documentary professionals worldwide.