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Truly Indie press release

Truly Indie
1614 W. 5th Street * Austin, TX 78703
Contact: Melissa Raddatz / 646-375-2311


For immediate release

New York, NY, August 31, 2006—Truly Indie, the DIY arm of Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner’s 2929 Entertainment, will handle the U.S. theatrical release of festival favorite 51 BIRCH STREET premiering in New York on October 18th with Los Angeles and expansion to other cities to follow.  Written and directed by Doug Block, Produced by Block and Lori Cheatle, and Executive Produced by Sheila Nevins of HBO/Cinemax Reel Life and John and Ed Priddy of Priddy Brothers Entertainment, 51 BIRCH STREET is a humorous and heartbreaking autobiographical look at love, marriage, fidelity and the mystery of family.

Filmmaker Doug Block had every reason to believe his parents 54-year marriage was a good one.  So he isnt prepared when, just a few months after his mothers unexpected death, his father, Mike, phones to announce that he’s moving to Florida to live with his secretary from 40 years before, Kitty.  Always close to his mother and equally distant from his father, he’s stunned and suspicious.  When Mike and Kitty marry and sell the long-time family home, Doug returns to suburban Long Island for one last visit and discovers 3 boxes filled with his mother’s diaries going back 35 years.  Realizing that he has only a few short weeks before his dad will be gone, he grabs his camera, determined to investigate the mystery of his parentsmarriage.  Through increasingly candid conversations with family members and stunning diary revelations, he comes to terms with two parents who are far more complex and troubled than he ever imagined.

In a statement from Kelly Sanders at Truly Indie, 51 BIRCH STREET is that rare film that perfectly and gracefully captures the drama of life-changing events as family secrets are uncovered.  Done in such a profound and moving way, this film is immensely entertaining and we are extremely excited to be working with the skillful filmmaker Doug Block, to bring this picture to audiences throughout the country.

The deal was negotiated by Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment on behalf of the producers.  Filmmaker Doug Block said, Were thrilled to partner with Truly Indie.  They offer a truly innovative alternative for theatrical distribution.

51 BIRCH STREET is a Copacetic Pictures production in association with HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films and Priddy Brothers Entertainment.  It is a ZDF co-production in cooperation with Arte.  The film is written, directed and photographed by Doug Block. It is produced by Doug Block and Lori Cheatle, and edited and co-written by Amy Seplin.  For HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films, supervising producer is Lisa Heller and executive producer is Sheila Nevins.  For ZDF/Arte, the executive producer is Doris Hepp.  For Priddy Brothers Entertainment, executive producers are John and Ed Priddy.  Truly Indie will release 51 BIRCH STREET in the United States.  The film has a running time of 88 minutes.


Melissa Raddatz
Director of Publicity
Landmark Theatres
116 W. 23rd Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10011
Ph: 646-375-2311
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Email: MelissaR@LandmarkTheatres.com