John Block (filmmaker)

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John Block
John Simeon Block

ResidenceMontclair, New Jersey

John Simeon Block is an American documentary filmmaker.


John Block, a native of Chicago, is a 1972 graduate from Northwestern University. In 1977 he obtained a Master of Fine Arts in filmmaking from the New York University. From 1980 until 1983 he worked for WCBS and then came to NBC in 1983. Initially he was a "Special Segment" producer for the NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw. In 1990 he became a producer/writer for Real Life with Jane Pauley and in 1991 a producer/writer for the Brokaw Reports. From 1992 until 2009 Block was a producer/writer for Dateline NBC.[1]

Since 2010, Block has been an independent producer and filmmaker.

Block's subjects cover a wide spectrum of social issues and problems including poverty, homelessness, medical issues, broken families, drugs, crime, and education. He has also made videos for educational and medical support programs.

Personal life[edit]

Block resides in Montclair, New Jersey with his wife Maria. They have three children.[2]


Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ New York Times: John Block
  2. ^ John Block (February 13, 2008). "Who gets to propose the next time?". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  3. ^ Guggenheim Fellow: John Block
  4. ^ Walter Goodman (July 24, 1995). "TELEVISION REVIEW; Those Lucky Few Youngsters Who Escape Tragic Streets". New York Times. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  5. ^ Robert Channick (November 8, 2011). "A different kind of documentary.Homegrown portrait of area student with Tourette syndrome on cusp of national exposure". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  6. ^ Kathleen O'Brian (June 17, 2013). "Fathers and sons explored in Montclair filmmaker's PBS documentary". NJ Advance Media, Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  7. ^ Nantucket Film Festival, 2014
  8. ^ "New Documentary The One That Got Away Examines the Life of an At-Risk-Youth Monday, September 12 at 9:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN". PR Newswire. August 31, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  9. ^ HBO: Breslin and Hamill Deadline Artists, January 2019

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