Doug Block is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who created for himself a unique opportunity by becoming a wedding videographer.
Twenty years ago Block began shooting wedding videos as a way of financially supporting his “real” work of making documentary films. Based in New York, he launched what became a lucrative part-time business by advertising in leading wedding magazines.
Block soon discovered there was another aspect to shooting weddings, something beyond the paycheck and far more intriguing than what he first imagined. His access to the bride and groom allowed for a sudden, unrivaled intimacy with strangers. By standing only a few feet away during their wedding ceremony, Block was witness to “two ordinary people experiencing one of the most extraordinary days of their lives.”
“It’s hard to resist getting swept up in it all,” says Block. “I’d come away feeling great affection for the couples. Then a few weeks later I’d send out their videos and never see them again. As I observe, year after year, wedding after wedding, I can’t help but wonder, what will become of these couples, what will become of their marriages.”
To satisfy his curiosity, Block revisited some of his most unforgettable couples, documenting their present-day wedding memories and reflections on marriage. The resulting 92-minute film “112 Weddings” is a testament to the hopes and dreams of the newlyweds and the true meaning of their marital commitments years after their wedding.
“112 Weddings” has its international premiere April 25 at Toronto’s Isabel Bader Theatre during the 2014 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Visit Hot Docs for further details and tickets.
See you at the movies.