DIRECTED BY - Samantha Buck
The 21 Below documentary is the story of a middle class family from Buffalo, N.Y. 21 Below is the definition of a middle class family growing together through conflict and other obstacles. 21 Below displays how a family can come together for one common purpose even if their are struggles in areas of economics and interpersonal relationships. 21 Below is a documentation of how families fight to stay together while the pressures of world threaten to tear them apart.
GENRES - documentary
RUNTIME - 90 minutes
RATING - Not Rated
YEAR - 2009
FORMAT - DVD Region 1
- Helsinki Documentary Film Festival 2010 (Helsinki, Finland)
- IDFF Flahertiana 2010 (Perm, Russia)
- Tribeca Cinema Presents: Doc Screening Series 2010 (New York, United States)
- Galway Film Fleadh 2009 (Galway, Ireland)
- Hot Docs: Canadian International Documentary Festival 2009 (Toronto, Canada)
- Newport International Film Festival 2009 (Newport, United States)
- Sarasota Film Festival 2009 (Sarasota, United States)
- Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2009 (Sheffield, United Kingdom)
- SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival 2009 (Silver Spring, United States)
- Woodstock Film Festival 2009 (Woodstock, United States)
- Documentary Screenplay Award (Nominated)
2009 Writers Guild Awards (United States)
A powerful, gripping observational work that takes you into the heart of a family at breaking point."
- Sheffield Doc/Fest
Audiences are transfixed by the tale because of how close the filmmakers were able to get to this middle class family and the problems they had.
- Sonny Bunch, The Washington Times
Buck's film says a lot about how complicated and impossible families can be, but it also works as a visceral update on the Guess Who's Coming to Dinner theory.