HBO Documentary Films has acquired How Do You Measure a Year?, the Academy Award- nominated documentary short on father-daughter relationship, from longtime HBO collaborator Jay Rosenblatt (HBO’s “When We Were Bullies,” “Phantom Limb,” “The Darkness of Day,” “Human Remains”).
The film world premiered at the 74th Locarno Film Festival, then screened at the 62nd Kraków Film Festival, and is currently in theaters as part of the Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts Program.
Coinciding with Father’s Day, the documentary will debut in June 2023 on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.
“I am thrilled HBO has acquired How Do You Measure a Year?,” says director Rosenblatt. “Given that HBO has debuted two previous films I made with my daughter, and much of my other work, they are the perfect home for this film and for me as a filmmaker.”
For 17 years, filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt filmed his daughter Ella on her birthday, asking her the same questions. In just 29 minutes, we watch her grow from a toddler to a young woman with all the beautiful and awkward stages in between. Each phase is captured fleetingly but makes an indelible mark. Her responses to her father’s questions are just a backdrop for a deeper story of parental love, acceptance, and ultimately, independence.