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JUDY BLUME FOREVER Trailer: The Beloved YA Writer Is at the Heart of New Documentary

Are you there, everyone? It’s her, Judy Blume!

The famed YA writer, who touched the lives of so many adolescents with her pioneering and forthright fiction, is getting the documentary treatment from Emmy-winning filmmakers Davina Pardo and Leah Wolchok. Judy Blume Forever follows Blume’s life from YA writer to banned writer fighting censorship. Featuring candid interviews with Blume herself, it also features testimonies from readers (past and present) and fellow acclaimed authors/artists such as Lena Dunham, Molly Ringwald, and Anna Konkle. Many of these subjects share their own personal experiences growing up with Judy Blume’s literature and share the personal letters they wrote to her. The documentary had its world premiere back at Sundance, and Prime Video is set to release it on its platform April 21.

In his review from Sundance, Christopher Reed wrote “thanks to the insightful and profoundly moving new documentary, everyone can join in the well-deserved recognition of why Judy Blume is worth celebrating, then, now, and forevermore… Judy Blume Forever is filled with interviews from friends, family members (including Blume’s children), writers, publishers, librarians, and others, all of whom speak to their joy in knowing Blume and/or encountering her work… Hers is a lovely and loving tale of inspiration and perseverance.”

Here’s an official synopsis:

The radical honesty of the books by trailblazing author Judy Blume changed the way millions of adolescent readers understood themselves, their sexuality, and what it meant to grow up, but also led to critical battles against book banning and censorship. With humor, sensitivity, and a healthy dose of adolescent cringe, JUDY BLUME FOREVER tells the story of the woman whose trail-blazing books changed the way millions of readers understand themselves, their sexuality, and what it means to grow up.

Watch the trailer below. Streaming April 21 on Prime Video.

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M.J. O'Toole began writing for HtN in early 2021 during the Sundance Film Festival. An NYC native and lifelong cinephile, his favorite films include Chungking Express, The Three Colors Trilogy, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Lovers on the Bridge, and Midnight Cowboy. He is the Digital Marketing Manager for the agency 3rd Impression - working alongside Editor-at-large Matt Delman - that specializes in digital marketing for independent film. He holds a BA from Adelphi University and a Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts. You can check out his portrait and street photography on Instagram.

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