I did warn you about tearing up. “Judy Blume Forever” (which is a play on the title of her 1975 book “Forever… “) is directed by Davina Pardo and Leah Wolchok. It’s produced by Pardo, Wolchok, Sara Bernstein, Justin Wilkes, and Marcella Steingart. Here is the official synopsis for the film:
Generations of readers have found themselves in a Judy Blume book. Her name alone launches a flood of memories for anyone who’s gripped one of her many paperbacks. For decades, Blume’s radical honesty has comforted and captivated readers — and landed her at the center of controversy for her frankness about puberty and sex. Now the beloved American author candidly shares her own coming-of-age story.
Produced by Imagine Documentaries and directed by Emmy-winning filmmakers Davina Pardo and Leah Wolchok, Judy Blume Forever traces Blume’s journey from a fearful, imaginative child to storytelling pioneer who elevated the physical and emotional lives of kids and teens, to banned writer who continues to fight back against censorship today. Playful and poignant animations celebrate the magic and awkwardness of being young, while intimate conversations with acclaimed authors and artists reveal Blume’s profound impact on readers. Long-standing fans share open-hearted letters they wrote to Blume over decades.
Those letters? Oof, I have a feeling they’re going to slay me. In a good way, I mean.
“Judy Blume Forever” will begin streaming on Prime Video on April 21, 2023.