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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Cucalorus Film Festival call for entries

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 1:47 PM

This excellent Wilmington festival runs Nov. 11-15, 2009. We'll be there. You can be there, too—as a filmmaker. The festival issued a call for entries, the text of which is after the jump....

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Kathy Griffin show at DPAC postponed

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 3:47 PM

The acid-tongued comedian has strep throat, according to her Web site, forcing the cancellation of three shows this week, including her gig Thursday, April 23, at Durham Performing Arts Center.  No confirmation yet from officials at DPAC. UPDATE 3:59 p.m.: DPAC confirms the cancellation and says the show will be rescheduled. UPDATE Thursday, April 23: Word comes from DPAC that Griffin's performance has been rescheduled for Friday, October 16, at 8 p.m....

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Friday, April 10, 2009

The Full Frame interviews: Steve James

Posted By on Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 9:12 AM

Watch an interview with Hoop Dreams Director Steve James at the 2009 Full Frame Film Festival in Durham, NC, where James curated a sidebar of documentary films entitled The Sporting Life. Hoop Dreams was revolutionary both in terms of scope and due to its immense popularity. In fact, when the film failed to gain a nomination for best feature documentary at the Academy Awards, a public outcry ensued and the selection process was modified thereafter. In 2007, the International Documentary Association named Hoop Dreams the No. 1 documentary in film history. Read more from Rob Harrington's interview with Steve...

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Full Frame interviews: Joel Salatin from Food, Inc.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Watch an interview with farmer and prominent food advocate Joel Salatin at the 2009 Full Frame Film Festival in Durham, N.C., where Robert Kenner's documentary, Food, Inc., was screened and featured Salatin's sustainable practices at his Ployface Farm in Virginia. Ultimately, how a society raises and distributes its food is the clearest manifestation of that culture's values, a point upon which Salatin reflected in the film, igniting the packed theater into roaring applause during last week's screening: "A culture that just views a pig as a pile of protoplasmic, inanimate structure to be manipulated by whatever creative design the...

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The Full Frame interviews: Wavy Gravy and Michelle Esrick

Posted By on Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Watch a short interview with hippie icon and ice cream flavor Wavy Gravy and Michelle Esrick, director of Saint Misbehavin' The Wavy Gravy Movie, following the film's screening at  the 2009 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, N.C. Satirist Paul Krasner describes Wavy as the "illegitimate son of Harpo Marx and Mother Theresa, conceived one starry night on a spiritual whoopie cushion," to which Wavy has replied, "Some people tell me I'm a saint, I tell them I'm Saint Misbehavin'."...

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Monday, April 6, 2009

William Gates: 'This is your NCAA Tournament'

Posted By on Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 10:46 AM

William Gates, the subject of Steve James' genre-defining basketball documentary HOOP DREAMS, told a panel of filmmakers that attending this year's Full Frame Film Festival (his first, by his count, and just the fifth time he had watched the film) "reminded me of how I pursued the game of basketball-- I wanted to be the best at it." Indeed, seated with Gates were among the best filmmakers in their league: Barbara Kopple (HARLAN COUNTY USA, FALLEN CHAMP), George Butler (PUMPING IRON, THE GOOD FIGHT) and Steve James (HOOP DREAMS), along with two promising new players in Arturo Cabanas (MAN UP)...

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

And the winners are...

Posted By on Sun, Apr 5, 2009 at 7:22 PM

BURMA VJ--the story of underground reporters who risked their lives to capture video images of a military crackdown in Burma--cleaned up at this year's festival, picking up a total of three awards, including the Grand Jury Award. THE WAY WE GET BY, UNMISTAKEN CHILD, VOICES FROM EL-SAYED, LOVE ON DELIVERY and the shorts OIL BLUE and 12 NOTES DOWN also took home awards. The full list, including honorable mentions, after the jump....

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Full Frame Day 4: Sunday morning bliss

Posted By on Sun, Apr 5, 2009 at 10:31 AM

When you've had a really good Saturday night—and didn't drink too much—you can open your eyes to a sunny spring morning and think about the marvelous things you've done and be grateful that one more day of adventure awaits you this weekend. Yesterday's day of outstanding docs was capped last night—for those who care—by a closing night party, an NCAA semifinal victory by UNC, a playoff-clinching win by the Carolina Hurricanes and an Orlando Bloom sighting.  We've been shooting a few video interviews this weekend and hope to have them posted soon. In the meantime, there's one more block...

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Don't compare Vogue magazine to Bronx Bombers

Posted By on Sun, Apr 5, 2009 at 1:20 AM

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 I doubt Andre Leon Talley will take in a Durham Bulls game on future trips to the Triangle. One, the Bulls are seriously lacking in Louis Vuitton fan gear, and two, the larger than life editor-at-large of Vogue magazine took serious exception to SEPTEMBER ISSUE director R.J. Cutler's comparison of the magazine's superstar line-up of  fashion editors to the Babe Ruth-era of the New York Yankees. ALT (who is fabulous enough to rate an acronym) cried out "Who are the Bronx Bombers?" and indignantly denied any similarities to that Hall...

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Three movie stars walk into a bar in Durham

Posted By on Sat, Apr 4, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Intrepid Indy culture editor/Full Frame blogger/celebrity spotter David Fellerath reports that Orlando Bloom, Colin Firth and Patricia Clarkson are enjoying a few drinks together at the Durham Marriott. The three actors will star in the film project known as Main Street, which is set to begin production in Durham after the festival. We've got the tweet....

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"I'll pop my own f*cking popcorn ..."

Posted By on Sat, Apr 4, 2009 at 3:39 PM

 At today's Full Frame panel about the State of the Documentary, we heard a tune familiar to those in the media biz: We have to retool the business model. We have to be leaner and more efficient.  My favorite quote was from indie and DIY filmmaker and panelist Gary Hustwit, who spoke on the merits of using the Internet  for grassroots—and cheap—promotion and distribution:  "I'll pop my own fucking popcorn if I have to." "Your job is to connect with as intimately and as frequently as possible the audience," said Hustwit, who honed his DIY chops from his years working...

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Full Frame Day 3: Hoops at the beginning and at the end

Posted By on Sat, Apr 4, 2009 at 10:00 AM

It's another beautiful day in Durham. Flowers bloom, birds sing, and the Full Frame doc fest hits the home stretch. Last night we went to bed with visions of Zidane in ZIDANE still burned into the retinas, and the Africanist polyrhythms of Youssou N'Dour in I BRING WHAT I LOVE ringing in the ears. Today, however, begins and ends with basketball: At 10 a.m. there's a free community screening of Steve James' and Peter Gilbert's indelible HOOP DREAMS. See our interview with James here. And tonight at 8:47 p.m., local doc fans will have a dilemma: Movies or...

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Wanted for Review

Posted By on Sat, Apr 4, 2009 at 4:47 AM

Consider this: At last year’s Full Frame, BIGGER STRONGER FASTER*, a fast-paced, rousing dissent from the conventional wisdom about anabolic steroids, won over a large crowd in Fletcher Hall. It had been a hit at Sundance, and seemed to have enough popular appeal to make a splash at the box office. Before screening at Full Frame it had been bought by sports mogul Mark Cuban’s Magnolia Pictures, and after it opened in theaters on May 30th, it was well-received by critics, earning 97% positive notices on the online review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. After 12 weeks in theaters, BIGGER STRONGER FASTER*...

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Full Frame's sneak preview revealed (and screened)

Posted By on Sat, Apr 4, 2009 at 1:49 AM

The worst kept secret at this (or any) film festival is often the identity of the unpublicized “sneak preview” screening. Tonight, I attended the showing of this year’s Full Frame sneak, which I can now publicly reveal is director Ian Olds’ FIXER: THE TAKING OF AJMAL NAQSHBANDI, which played to positive reviews in January at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and will make its “official” North American premiere later this month at the Tribeca Film Fest in New York City. Olds, together with the late Garrett Scott, directed the acclaimed 2005 Iraq War doc OCCUPATION: DREAMLAND.   Olds’ latest revolves...

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Spotted: Wavy Gravy

Posted By on Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 3:08 PM

We spotted the 1960s radical prankster. He was wearing a clown nose and toting a fish on a leash. And he was talking on a pay phone. Must not have a cell (phone, that is). Radical. We're about to see SAINT MISBEHAVIN': THE WAVY GRAVY MOVIE. We plan to ask him if he Twitters....

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Total Knock Out: SONS OF CUBA more butterfly than bee

Posted By on Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Before presenting the world premier of SONS OF CUBA at Full Frame last night, British director Andrew Lang announced he had completed the final cut just three days earlier. "You spend weeks in the editing room and you wonder if anyone's going to see it," he said, gazing out at a packed Fletcher Hall audience. By the film's completion, audience members were cheering for its three young protagonists, competing in Cuba's Under-12's boxing tournament, and hoping for a chance at future Olympic glory. But aside from a thrilling blow-by-blow conclusion to months of agonizing training, the film focused largely...

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Full Frame: Day 2 ... Heads up

Posted By on Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Difficult as it may be to believe—especially as I look at the standing water in my front lawn—but the weather we've seen for the festival thus far is better than last year’s, when a deluge of Biblical proportions made the festival seem if it were happening underwater. Actually, we needed that rain badly, and by the end of the weekend, area reservoirs were back to 100 percent capacity.  A big crowd turned out for SONS OF CUBA, the official opening night film. Andrew  Lang's straightforward kids-in-competition doc movingly showed the love and passion of his characters, who otherwise have...

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Full Frame Day 1: Remembrance of Festivals Past

Posted By on Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 3:02 AM

Walking up to the Carolina Theater today, at the start of another Full Frame, I couldn’t help but think how much the festival has changed over the years. My first encounter with it was in 2001, when it was called DoubleTake (the name was changed to Full Frame the next year, I believe). I was living in New York at the time, and came down in May to visit a friend who was living in Hillsborough. At one point he casually mentioned that he’d heard of a film festival going on in Durham, maybe it would be fun to...

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Full Frame 2009 - Awards nominees

Posted By on Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Not to mix metaphors, but with the curtain raised on the 12th annual Full Frame Documentary Festival, the lid is off this year's nominees for the festival's major awards.  Below is a list of nominees for the coveted Grand Jury Prize, Charles Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award, and HBO Emerging Filmmaker Award: 2009 Full Frame Grand Jury Competition Films BURMA VJ CARMEN MEETS BORAT FORGETTING DAD HAIR INDIA OBLIVION PINUCCIO LOVERO. A MIDSUMMER DEATH'S DREAM THE QUEEN AND I REPORTER ROUGH AUNTIES SHOUTING FIRE SWEET CRUDE UNIT 25 UNMISTAKEN CHILD THE WAY WE GET BY WE LIVE IN PUBLIC   2009...

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Full Frame: Day 1

Posted By on Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 8:10 AM

For many in Durham and the Triangle, the first weekend in April carries an associations other than the basketball Final Four. It's the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and it starts today. All weekend long, our crack team of Artery correspondents will watch movies, talk to filmgoers and filmmakers and report their findings here. I'm stuck at the office this morning, so I'll most likely miss such intriguing early-bird offerings as George Kachadorian's SHOOTING BEAUTY, a world premiere about a photographer who devises cameras for severely handicapped people to use; MECHANICAL LOVE, a film that explores the possibility of sentimental...

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ADF announces 2009 season: new venue, usual suspects, cuts in programming...

Posted By on Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 5:30 AM

The American Dance Festival announced the lineup for its 2009 season at the end of last week. Dance cognoscenti had braced for the worst, given warnings earlier in the year about financial reversals in support due to the economic maelstrom. Rumor confirmed: the 2009 season will be one week shorter than usual, covering five and a half weeks from June 18-July 25. The festival has also cut the number of marquee main-stage presentations this year from 13 to 10, a reduction of almost 25 percent. Upsides, with season highlights, after the jump....

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