51 BIRCH STREET
Both unexpectedly funny and heartbreaking, 51 Birch Street is the first-person account of director Doug Block’s unpredictable journey through a whirlwind of dramatic life-changing events: the death of his mother, the uncovering of decades of family secrets, and the ensuing reconciliation with his father. What begins as his own intimate, autobiographical story, soon evolves into a broader meditation on the universal themes of love, marriage, fidelity and the mystery of family.
"One of the most moving and fascinating documentaries I've seen this year... Mr. Block has put his parents’ life, and his own, into this film with such warmth and candor that it may take more than one viewing to recognize it as a work of art."
- A.O. Scott, NEW YORK TIMES
“Block's hypnotic documentary, among the finest of the year, is a resounding success because it touches on things every child has wondered about on the road to adulthood. What really went on in your parents' bedroom? Did Mom or Dad ever mess around?"
- Ruthe Stein, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
"A spellbinding detective story"
Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE
"An irresistible mystery... indelibly haunting"
Jim Emerson, CHICAGO SUN TIMES
Articles and Interviews
New York Times - Article
The Independent - Article
IndieWire - Interview
Director: Doug Block
Producers: Lori Cheatle, Doug Block
Editor: Amy Seplin
Composer: H. Scott Salinas