This coming Tuesday at Indie Film Week I'll be unveiling what I've been up to for the past, oh, 18 years or so. It's called Almost Gone and you might say it's a sequel to 51 Birch Street, although I think of it more as a companion piece. 51 Birch was about my parents. This time I'm the parent.
Forgive me for dipping into third person here, but it seems easier to describe it briefly by quoting the Indie Film Week catalogue description:
Filmmaker Doug Block has captured much of his daughter Lucy's life -- and their relationship -- on camera. Now his only child is 17 and will soon be leaving home for college. Lucy's imminent departure is the springboard for a funny and deeply moving look at fathers and daughters, modern-day parenting, marriage and the looming empty nest.
The film is pretty much fully shot and we hope to begin editing by November or December. We're showing a ten-minute work-in-progress sample and it's only for select industry members. Still, it's the first time this very personal footage is screening in front of a sizeable audience, so it's a big moment.
I'm sure I'll be writing much more about Almost Gone here in the months ahead, but if you're planning to attend Indie Film Week (formerly known as the IFP Market), hope to see you Tuesday the 16th at 3:30pm (MicroCinema 1, Room 4).