About the film
Director Doug Block has gained international acclaim for a series of personal docs exploring his family history, relationships, love and marriage. In Getting Personal, he takes a revelatory and entertaining first-person look at the genre of personal documentary, combing through the finest examples and meeting the best and boldest filmmakers in the field. From Sherman’s March to Roger & Me, Tarnation to Stories We Tell, some of the finest and most influential films in recent memory are personal documentaries. Yet personal docs more than any other art form carry stigmas and serious risks — often accused of being self-indulgent and exploitative, they have the potential for alienating family members and loved ones at every stage.What’s the impact of using those closest to us as fodder for our art? As we enter the age of “Generation Selfie” it’s never been more timely and relevant for an overview and reappraisal of this filmmaking style.
In production (2017)