'The Guys Next Door' Follows Extended Family After Surrogacy

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Hospital portrait of the family. (Lorenzo Ciniglio/The Guys Next Door)
Hospital portrait of the family. (Lorenzo Ciniglio/The Guys Next Door)

What compels a Newton woman, in her 40s, who has three teenage children, to become a surrogate? And not just once, but twice, within two years?

That question drives the new documentary, "The Guys Next Door." The film follows what the directors called "a real Modern Family." The bunch includes Rachel, a surrogate, her family, and the gay married couple she helps conceive — one of whom has been a friend since college.

The filmmakers followed the family for three years and the final product offers an intimate reflection on parenthood and nature vs. nurture.

A special screening of the documentary including a post-show panel discussion will be on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline.


Amy Geller, director, producer and sound recordist for "The Guys Next Door," which tweets @guys_nextdoor.

Allie Humenuk, director, producer and director of photography for "The Guys Next Door," which tweets @guys_nextdoor.

Rachel Segall, 2-time surrogate and subject of "The Guys Next Door."

This segment aired on May 30, 2017.

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