City Paper is not for tourists
Anyone remotely associated with director Doug Block should always be prepared for a close-up. For 2005’s widely acclaimed documentary 51 Birch Street, Block meticulously uncovered the secrets beneath his parents’ seemingly ideal marriage. The result was an intensely personal whodunit that raises the question: How much do you want to know about your family? In his new film The Kids Grow Up—screened at last year’s Silverdocs and now making its official D.C. debut—Block turns the camera on himself and films the events leading up to his only child’s departure for college. With the director’s usual unflinching candor, Block’s nearly pathological inability to let go of the past is alternatively cloying and endearing; in others words, his neuroses are all too familiar.
The film screens and Block speaks at 7:45 p.m. at the Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $7.75-$11. (202) 966-6000.