Over the past two decades, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Doug Block (51 Birch Street, The Kids Grow Up) has supported his career with a side business of videotaping weddings. Long curious about how their marriages have turned out, he tracks down and interviews some of the more memorable of his 112 wedding couples - with funny, insightful and deeply moving results.
EBS International Documentary Festival 2014 - Winner of Audience Award
Full Frame Film Festival 2014
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014
As a part-time wedding videographer hired for his intimate documentary style, filmmaker Doug Block frequently found himself standing feet away from two virtual strangers as they publicly pledged their everlasting love and fidelity to each other. He’d come away from the day with a strong sense of the couples and feeling an unusual bond, only to send them the videos a few weeks later... and never see them again.
Block long wondered what became of these couples with whom he shared such an emotional experience. Is married life what they thought it would be? Are they still together? How have they navigated the inevitable ups and downs of marriage over the long haul?
20 years and 112 weddings on, he begins to track down some of his more memorable couples to find out first-hand. 112 WEDDINGS juxtaposes rapturous wedding day flashbacks with remarkably candid present-day interviews to explore timeless themes of love and marital commitment.
Doug Block is a New York-based documentary filmmaker who has won increasing international recognition as a master of the autobiographical film form. With a long body of highly acclaimed work as both director and producer, his films have won countless awards, screened in dozens of leading film festivals, and shown in theaters and broadcast on television throughout the world.
His most recent feature, The Kids Grow Up (Special Jury Prize, Silverdocs) was released theatrically by Shadow Distribution and broadcast on HBO on Fathers Day, 2011. His previous film, 51 Birch Street, was named one of the Ten Best Films of 2006 by a number of leading critics, including A.O. Scott of the New York Times, and was selected as one of the outstanding documentaries of the year by the National Board of Review. Block also directed The Heck With Hollywood! (1991), the Emmy nominated Home Page (1999) and the multi award-winning short The Children Next Door (2012).
In addition to his own films, Block’s credits as producer include: Silverlake Life (Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Peabody, Prix Italia), Jupiter’s Wife (Sundance Special Jury Prize, Emmy), A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory (top awards at Berlin and Tribeca), The Edge of Dreaming (POV) and Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles (Sundance Best Director Prize for Documentary).
Block is also the founder and co-host of The D-Word (www.d-word.com), which began as a pioneering blog for his film Home Page, and has evolved over the past 15 years into the web’s leading network and discussion forum for documentary professionals worldwide.