What happens when that guy who you hired to be the videographer at your wedding shows up at your door years later and wants to shoot some additional footage. You know, “how are things going?”
That’s the subject of award-winning documentary filmmaker Doug Block’s 112 Weddings, which will be making its DVD bow on July 14 from Zeitgeist Films, with sales and distribution support provided by Cinema Guild.
Doug Block, to augment his income while producing and directing documentaries (The Children Next Door, 51 Birch Street, The Kids Grow Up, etc.), would hire himself out as a wedding videographer. He was the invisible guy with the video camera at scores of weddings over the years … the finished work product was sort of a cinema verite mini-documentary of the events of that glorious day.
The gist of 112 Weddings is both inspired, and perhaps a little creepy, but the end result is riveting — it is sort of attention-grabber, like that a multi-car wreck on the freeway that has traffic backed up for miles in both directions. You just have to slowdown and a take a look!
Block tracked down a number of the couples from the wedding videos that he shot and asked them — on camera — how things were going. This new footage is juxtaposed with the original wedding day footage. Even though they all started off on the same path — literally, down the aisle — their destinations have been wildly different. Can you tell from the wedding videos which couples will make their marriages work … and which will not make the effort?
Bonus features include a featurette titled “Heather & Sam Revisited” and a Q&A session with the director and some of the wedding couples at the HBO premiere party.