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.