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Sunday, April 5, 2009

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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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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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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