What if your dad was a documentary filmmaker who had been creating a record of your life since the day you were born and, while you were still in high school, decided to share it with the world? In THE KIDS GROW UP, the second of a planned trilogy, Doug Block explores parenting by turning the camera on his daughter, and only child, Lucy as she prepares to leave for college.
Doug Block is a New York City-based director-producer whose work includes some of the most acclaimed documentaries of the past two decades.
Doug’s best known film, 51 BIRCH STREET, was named one of the 10 Best Films of 2006 by the NY Times, and one of the outstanding documentaries of the year by the National Board of Review. His other credits as a director include THE HECK WITH HOLLYWOOD! and HOME PAGE. Producing credits include SILVERLAKE LIFE, JUPITER’S WIFE, LOVE AND DIANE, PATERNAL INSTINCT, A WALK INTO THE SEA: DANNY WILLIAMS AND THE WARHOL FACTORY and THE EDGE OF DREAMING. Between them they’ve won top prizes at the Sundance, Berlin and Tribeca, multiple Emmys, a Peabody and an Independent Spirit Award.
Doug is also the founder of The D-Word (www.d-word.com), an online discussion forum for documentary professionals worldwide.
What inspired this film? How did you find your subjects?
Well, I certainly didn’t have to look very hard to find my subjects on THE KIDS GROW UP. Having done a lot of shooting with my daughter Lucy over the years, I’d long thought of making a film about my relationship with her from my perspective as a parent. I’d never seen a documentary made by a parent about their child. But it wasn’t until Lucy was about to enter her senior year of high school – and it suddenly dawned on me how soon she would be leaving home – that I realized where the story would end. Having an ending gave the story a structure, and in that moment I saw the whole film in my head.
What were some of the biggest challenges/surprises?
Being able to get the footage I needed without having my daughter wind up hating me.
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