Posts Tagged ‘Doug Block

07
Jan
11

The Kids Grow Up Q&A

I know it’s been a while, but early last month we partnered with Consolidated Theatres in helping to promote the documentary film The Kids Grow Up. What was really special about this partnership though was that we were going to be in charge of the Q&A after the film with director Doug Block and his wife Marjorie.

Even though this wasn’t some big Hollywood release, just the fact that we would be on hand to coordinate the Q&A with the director of the film was a little exciting. Here we were some people talking about movies and now here we are conducting Q&As with directors. Needless to say I wanted to make sure we were fully ready to take on this responsibility. The week leading up the screening we made sure that we watched the film to make sure we knew what it was about and to come up with possible questions in the event that we would need to keep things moving during the Q&A. Being the event people that we are, we even typed out short scripts on what we were going to say before and after the film.

Finally the big day arrived and we showed up to the theater super early to make sure we could check in with the theater staff and make sure everything was set. Then as the screening got closer, I’m not going to lie, I started getting a little nervous about meeting Doug and Marjorie. What would they be like? Would they like us? Were they going to be high maintenance? When they arrived and we introduced ourselves to them, any fears I had were quickly put to rest. They were exactly as how they appeared in the film: down to Earth, funny, and genuine.

We went over everything with Doug and after checking out the specific theater that the film was being shown in, we went over the general rundown of the evening. Doug was very personable and gracious and volunteered to introduce his film before it started, something we had originally planned to do ourselves but decided to defer to Doug since it was his film. I mean, who better to introduce it than the director himself right? After introducing Doug and presenting him and Marjorie with leis, he launched right into his intro. (For my thoughts on the film, please check out my previous post here.)

Once the film concluded (to a round of applause from the audience) it was my turn to speak and once again introduce Doug and Marjorie. I had planned to say a little more, but the crowd was eager to get into the questions so we just launched right into it. Overall, the director screening and Q&A went really well. Doug and Marjorie stood up front taking questions close to half an hour. The audience was really into the film as most of those in attendance were parents themselves so they could definitely relate to what Doug and Marjorie went through. Hence, a lot of the questions were very meaningful. To check out the full Q&A, be sure to check out the videos below. Once everything was done and as everyone filed out of the theater, Doug and Marjorie thanked us for helping to coordinate the whole evening and said that out of all the Q&As that they had done for the film, nowhere else had they been more decorated than here in Hawaii. That definitely was my highlight for the evening.


Final Note:

If you’re interested in finding out more about these special screenings or Q&As, I definitely encourage you to sign up to be on Consolidated’s email list. That’s probably the best way find out when these things happen. However, the next special screening is happening Friday, January 7 (TONIGHT) at the Ward Theaters. They will be showing ‘Dear Doctor’ as part of their Spotlight Asia Asian cinema series. Lead actor Tsurube Shofukutei (who I hear is the Robin Williams of Japan) will be on hand to give a special Q&A after the 7:30pm showing of the film. If you love Asian cinema, then this is definitely for you.

 

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07
Dec
10

Special Pass Giveaway: The Kids Grow Up

I think when people hear the word “documentary,” they tend to have already formed an opinion about any film that fits into this genre. I’m not going to lie, sometimes I myself fall into this prejudicial trap as well. However, I’ve been trying to broaden my horizons recently by seeking out a few docs that I personally find interesting, hoping to become a more well rounded moviegoer. It started last year with seeing Art & Copy at HIFF, then continued this year with two totally opposite films: Restrepo and The People vs George Lucas (still want to see Exit Through the Gift Shop).

Outside of these docs, nothing else really showed up on my radar till we were asked to participate in hosting a Q&A for a documentary coming out titled The Kids Grow Up. Good thing we accepted this challenge . . . otherwise we would have missed out on a really remarkable film.

SYNOPSIS
With his 17 year old daughter entering her final year of high school, documentarian Doug Block focuses on this final year before she leaves to go away for college. Looking back on his daughter’s growth as well as interviewing various family members, we get a glimpse into one family’s emotional journey and something that most college parents can relate to–saying goodbye.

MY THOUGHTS
In full disclosure (and as preparation for the Q&A on Friday), we were able to watch the film in advance of it’s theatrical run here in Honolulu. As I mentioned previously, I thought the film was engrossing and remarkable. You definitely get to see an intimate look into the lives of the Block family (Doug, Marjorie, and Lucy). However, what really drew me into the film was the lighthearted way the film unfolded. Here you have a very real and emotional subject matter with parents getting ready to experience the ‘empty nest’ which could potentially push viewers away. Yet there is just the right amount of humor interjected at various points throughout the film to make it fun, engaging, and relatable.

Another aspect that I enjoyed was the editing of the film itself. Using hours of footage throughout Lucy’s life, the film is edited in such a way where experiences that Lucy encounters at an older age are contrasted with video of her at a younger age. It is through this editing and juxtaposition that gives you a feeling of who Lucy is and how she has grown. In a sense it made me think about the way I felt as a kid and how that differs from the way I think now and definitely gives you a sense how things change as you grow older.

THE Q&A
The Red Band Project is partnering with Consolidated Theatres to present a special question and answer session after the 7:20pm screening of The Kids Grow Up at the Consolidated Kahala 8 Theatres. Filmmaker Doug Block and wife Marjorie Silver will be on hand to share their thoughts on the film and take questions from the crowd. Please join us for this very special event (purchase tickets here).

FREE PASS GIVEAWAY
The Red Band Project will be inviting five lucky readers (and a guest) to the 7:20pm screening on Friday for FREE! To be eligible to win just send your name and email to team@redbandproject.com. Winners will be selected randomly from all eligible entries and only one entry per person.

Winners will be selected by Thursday evening, December 9.

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