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Monday, April 11, 2016

Full Frame: A Quirky Sunday Surfing the Net With Werner Herzog and Reading New Yorker Cartoons

Posted By on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 3:31 PM

Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World Very Semi-Serious Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham Sunday, April 10, 2016 This weekend’s late-spring freeze turned attendees of the nineteenth annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival into puffy little cotton balls, their down jackets swishing together in tight theater aisles, making the cinemas feel even fuller than usual. By Sunday, everyone had gotten the hang of the ticketing process, screening locations, and which bathrooms had the fastest moving lines. The festival moved like a well-oiled, well-bundled machine. I’ll admit it: this was my first time at Full Frame. I was afraid...

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Full Frame: The Newsploitation Industry Made Anthony Weiner a Punch Line, But the Joke's on Us

Posted By on Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 6:24 PM

Weiner ★★★★ Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham Thursday, April 7, 2016 Look, I’m sorry, but there’s no other way to say it: Everyone at Full Frame last night seemed very excited about Weiner, and all the delicious innuendo it unleashed. For example, when I said I was looking for Weiner, one usher at the Carolina Theatre gave me a subtle smirk that seemed to say, "We don’t need to go there, but we know." Another shot back a much franker double entendre. “I’ve been waiting all night to say that,” she added, laughing, “and you looked like the guy.”...

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Friday, February 27, 2015

As a power couple leaves the Triangle, two arts institutions face new questions

Posted By on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 8:57 AM

PlayMakers Artistic Director Joseph Haj is leaving the Chapel Hill theater company to direct the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, starting in July (read Byron Woods for more). As Minnesota Public Radio recently reported, “Haj plans to move to the Twin Cities later this year with his wife and 14-year-old daughter.” If you know who Haj is married to, that passing mention probably piqued your interest. Joseph Haj is married to Deirdre Haj, who has been the executive director of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham since 2010. As PlayMakers faces the question of new leadership, we wondered if...

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Southern Documentary Fund's Rachel Raney on “In-the-Works” at Full Frame

Posted By on Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 1:00 PM

This Sunday at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the Southern Documentary Fund presents "In-the-Works," its annual sneak peek and critique session for new projects that have yet to reach their final cuts. This year, the program runs from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Durham Arts Council and features Danielle Beverly’s Old South, about a standoff between a historic black neighborhood and a white fraternity, and Dawn Porter’s Trapped, about embattled abortion clinics. In-the-Works is just one way that SDF serves as a financial sponsor and support system for Southern documentarians. We spoke with Executive Director Rachel Raney about the program, the films and the big-picture...

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Friday, September 20, 2013

When Philadelphia destroyed a community of black radicals: Jason Osder talks about Let the Fire Burn

Posted By on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Last spring I covered the Tribeca film Festival for Documentary Magazine. I thought that the quality of documentary films was very strong. New HD cameras help to make the images sing, but the films that really jumped out at me relied heavily on archival footage. The most rigorous use of archival was seen in Jason Osder’s Let the Fire Burn, which relied exclusively on available footage. For me, it was also the standout film of the festival. Recently I traded emails with the director because I wanted to find out more about the film, but even more importantly I wanted...

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

INDY Week at Full Frame: What's the difference between bearing witness and exploitation?

Posted By on Sun, Apr 7, 2013 at 9:13 AM

At the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, INDY Week contributor Ashley Melzer spoke to several filmmakers and one festival-goer about the line between bearing witness and exploitation....

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

INDY Week at Full Frame: Why Documentary?

Posted By on Sat, Apr 6, 2013 at 1:04 PM

INDY Week contributor Ashley Melzer asked several filmmakers attending the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival what makes documentaries special. Indyweek asks: Why documentary? from Independent Weekly on Vimeo....

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Ross McElwee talks his latest film, his Full Frame program and his son

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

When it was announced that filmmaker and previous Full Frame Career Award recipient Ross McElwee (Sherman's March) would curate this year's "Family Affairs" thematic program on Saturday, many McElwee admirers must have exclaimed "Of course!" If there is a documentary filmmaker who knows how to merge family matters into his films, it's Charlotte's McElwee. In the 2004 film Bright Leaves, he delved into North Carolina's rich tobacco history while exploring his own family history and trying to maintain a bond with his skateboarding, preteen son, Adrian. His new film, Photographic Memory, which will receive its world premiere Friday at Full...

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Full Frame video interview: Julie Moggan, director of Guilty Pleasures

Posted By on Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Interview with Julie Moggan, Director of Guilty Pleasures from Independent Weekly on Vimeo....

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Full Frame video interview: Susan Saladoff, director of Hot Coffee

Posted By on Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Interview with Susan Saladoff, Director of Hot Coffee from Independent Weekly on Vimeo....

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Full Frame Day 4: taking refuge from the storm—in reality

Posted By on Sun, Apr 17, 2011 at 10:54 AM

The big news of the area Saturday was the destructive system of tornadoes that whipped through at about 3 p.m. But for 1,200 people inside Fletcher Hall, our biggest concern was whether David Carr, one of the paper's higher-profile writers, would get his big story about the Tribune media group and its clownish, destructive leaders. Outside, destruction reigned. And near the Carolina Theatre, businesses lost power, according to Twitter. But nothing stops The New York Times, evidently, for there was nary a flicker in Fletcher Hall. Page One, Andrew Rossi's valentine to The New York Times was a suitable selection...

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Full Frame Day 3 (Friday review): the Kerouac-like DRAGONSLAYER plus thoughts on the Lovings

Posted By on Sat, Apr 16, 2011 at 9:31 AM

dragonslayermovie.comLeslie Brown in DRAGONSLAYERThe late-night slot at Full Frame—those movies that start in the witching hours of 10 p.m. or so, are always a tough call for the intrepid Full Framer. By then, we've seen three or even four movies. We've stuffed some food and a beer or two and coffee and water and have grown bleary-eyed. "Perhaps we should go to that after-party, have a drink, socialize and then go home," I often think around this time. But for those in search of something bold and different, 10 p.m. is when some of the real gems of the festival...

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Full Frame video interview: Jarred Alterman discusses Convento

Posted By on Sat, Apr 16, 2011 at 9:16 AM

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Full Frame Day 2: Thoughts on The Pipe and Oregon, plus Day 2 preview, Barbara Kopple and guns

Posted By on Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Virginia Tech survivor Colin Goddard in Barbara Kopple's Gun FightIndy scribes fanned out through theaters Thursday. It was gratifying to see familiar faces, and healthy attendance in the rooms. A few thoughts about Day 1 before we dash off for Day 2. Kate Dobbs Ariail writes in about The Pipe: My dumpster-diving vegan, abandoned building-sqatting, freight train-hopping niece alerted me to the story of The Pipe a couple of years ago. At that time, she was an aspiring activist journalista without much training in the separation of fact and passion, so I discounted her tale, which she’d picked up while...

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Full Frame video interview: Jeanne Jordan and Steven Ascher discuss Raising Renee

Posted By on Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Raising Renee screens at 2 p.m. Friday in Fletcher Hall. Read Chris Vitiello's story about the film here....

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar: The Indy interview

Posted By on Sun, Apr 11, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Full FrameA scene from Ramin Bahrani's Man Push Cart, shown at Full Frame as part of the curated series on workIndy contributor olufunke moses wrote a piece discussing the curated series of work-related films at Full Frame. Her story, in which she interviewed the filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, who programmed the 18 films seen this weekend, appears here. Bognar and Reichert's most recent effort, the 40-minute-long The Last Truck, follows the closing of GM's assembly plant in Moraine, Ohio, and was shown as an invited film at this weekend's Full Frame fest. Bognar and Reichert's other work includes...

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Do it Again, Again: The full text of the Indy interview with Geoff Edgers

Posted By on Sat, Apr 10, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Full FrameZooey Deschanel charms Geoff Edgers in Do It AgainFriday night at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Robert Patton-Spruill's Do It Again: One Man's Quest to Reunite the Kinks played to a packed Fletcher Hall. Patton-Spruill and his film's titular character, longtime music reporter Geoff Edgers, took the stage afterward for questions. Edgers asked audience members to record the proceedings with their smart phones and email the videos and photos to him so he could pass them on to his wife, Carlene—seen extensively in the film, she is nearly full-term with the couple's second child. Edgers also revealed that...

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

More Full Frame sked: Soderbergh; Hegedus-Pennebaker; Steve James/Allen Iverson; Thelonious Monk film

Posted By on Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 4:29 PM

More programming news from Full Frame: Fourteen invited, out-of-competition films were named today. The short version: It's going to be a good festival. No Crossover, Steve James' Allen Iverson film, made for ESPN, that explores a controversial incident in his high school years that did much to establish his outlaw image And Everything is Going Fine, Steven Soderbergh's film about the late monologist Spalding Gray, who died by suicide six years ago PELADA, a soccer documentary partly produced by Duke graduates that is receiving its world premiere this month at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas A profile of the...

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

2010 Full Frame lineup announced: Alex Gibney's Abramoff film and more

Posted By on Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 5:31 PM

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival announced its new docs competition lineup for next month's festival, which runs April 8–11 in downtown Durham. The full lineup is below, but our initial scan reveals a couple of names well known to festival fans, including Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side; Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) and Laura Poitras (Flag Wars; My Country, My Country). The former's film is on the notorious lobbyist Jack Abramoff, called Casino Jack and the United States of Money. Poitras' film looks to be equally timely and topical: It's called The Oath, and it...

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sundance competition lineup announced but no Main Street to be found

Posted By on Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 9:28 AM

UPDATE 12/4/09: Still no news of Main Street. Sundance announces out-of-competition premieres. Main Street not included. We'll have to wait for a different occasion for this film's emergence. In the category of "the news is that there's no news...." We looked up the Sundance competition lineup, which was announced yesterday, with the eager hope of seeing MAIN STREET, the Horton Foote-scripted drama that was filmed last summer in Durham. There are some good looking films in the competition, but no Main Street. We don’t know if it was submitted to Sundance or not, but it would be unusual for a...

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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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