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Monday, April 10, 2017

Full Frame: Dina Is Earning Acclaim for Its Portrait of Love and Autism. But Is It Illuminating or Exploitative?

Posted By on Mon, Apr 10, 2017 at 1:36 PM

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival: Dina ★★ Friday, April 7 Carolina Theatre, Durham It speaks to the high quality of Full Frame that the films in its perennial programming range in quality from “above average” to “transcendent.” Any chagrin is typically reserved for experimental submissions that might not suit the taste of some viewers or docs that delve into controversial subject matter. You certainly don’t see many missteps among the invited films—the ones not in competition but chosen due to the pedigree of the director or the film’s previous accolades. Foremost among the invited fare at Full Frame this year...

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Full Frame: All Skate, Everybody Skate Peeks Inside a Post-Office-Slash-Skating-Rink with a Five-Decade History on Topsail Island

Posted By on Sun, Apr 9, 2017 at 7:00 PM

We first meet Doris Jenkins onscreen at the Topsail Beach Skating Rink, standing behind a counter, flanked by a shelf of roller skates and an old record player. She wears a loose white T-shirt with her name airbrushed on the front in neon colors. You know, the kind of souvenir you get at the fair—or the beach. But at the rink she’s owned and operated for more than fifty years, this is a uniform for Jenkins. Durham filmmaker and Elon University professor Nicole Triche spent March through September of 2015 filming All Skate, Everybody Skate, a short documentary about the rink...

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Full Frame: An Avetts Agnostic Finds Some Faith in May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers

Posted By on Sun, Apr 9, 2017 at 4:59 PM

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival: May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers★★★★ Saturday, April 8 Carolina Theatre, Durham I’m not particularly a fan of the Avett Brothers, which made me the odd person out in Fletcher Hall last night, judging from the outbursts of mid-screening applause and the fawning post-screening Q-and-A. Through fifteen years of dogged persistence, the brothers from Concord, North Carolina, and their adopted musical family have built a devoted global fanbase for their soulful, punk-tinged acoustic bluegrass and folk. When singer/banjoist Scott Avett and cellist Joe Kwon showed up with codirector Michael Bonfiglio after the...

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Full Frame: 2017 Award Winners Announced

Posted By on Sun, Apr 9, 2017 at 1:11 PM

For ticketing details on this afternoon's encore screenings of the festival's award winners, visit Full Frame's website. 2017 Award Winners THE REVA AND DAVID LOGAN GRAND JURY AWARD Sponsored by The Reva and David Logan Foundation QUEST by Jonathan Olshefski Encore 4 – 4:40 pm, Fletcher Hall Honorable Mention: Last Men in Aleppo by Feras Fayyad Encore 7 – 7:20 pm, Cinema 1 FULL FRAME JURY AWARD FOR BEST SHORT Provided by Drs. Andrew and Barbra Rothschild Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405 by Frank Stiefel Encore 6 – 5:00 pm, Cinema 3 Honorable Mention: The Great Theater...

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Full Frame: What's the Use of Looking Back? In the Case of Two Towns of Jasper, It Helps Us Gauge Our Progress from Then to Now.

Posted By on Sat, Apr 8, 2017 at 4:31 PM

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival: Two Towns of Jasper Friday, April 7 Carolina Theatre, Durham In 1998, an African-American man was murdered by three white men in the seemingly peaceful town of Jasper, Texas. Not long after the incident took place, filmmaker Whitney Dow, intuiting the complexity of the story, asked his colleague Marco Williams to join the project of documenting it. Together they determined that they needed two film crews, one white and one black, which would explore the story from the perspective of the white and black townspeople, respectively. Two Towns of Jasper, the result of this unconventional...

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Full Frame: An Interview with the Director of Purple Dreams, a New Doc Capturing the Power of Art Education in a Charlotte High School

Posted By on Fri, Apr 7, 2017 at 5:58 PM

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival: Purple Dreams Friday, April 7 Carolina Theatre, Durham It was by sheer luck that I wound up sitting next to Joanne Hock and Heidi Dove, the director and assistant director of Purple Dreams (which has its world premiere in a primetime slot at Fletcher Hall tonight), at a screening this morning. “That’s the fun part about coming to these festivals, meeting people,” Hock remarked when I pulled her aside in the hall to learn more about her film, which is about the first high school (a magnet school in Charlotte) allowed to stage the musical...

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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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