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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Announces 2015 Award Winners 

Select award winners will be rescreened Sunday evening; Screening times and venues are available at fullframefest.org

Durham, N.C. – April 12, 2015 The 2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Award Winners were announced this afternoon at the festival’s annual Awards Barbecue.

One of the nation’s premier documentary film festivals, Full Frame is celebrating its 18th annual festival. Full Frame is a qualifying event for consideration for nominations for both the Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject and The Producers Guild of America Awards. The 19th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will take place April 7-10, 2016.

2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Award Winners

The Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award

Sponsored by the Reva and David Logan Foundation

The Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award was presented to Kings of Nowhere, directed by Betzabé Garcia, and (T)ERROR, directed by Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe. Thanks to the generosity of the Reva and David Logan Foundation, each film will receive the full award amount of $10,000.

In the poetically and patiently photographed Kings of Nowhere, a handful of residents stay their ground after a flood leaves their Mexican village semi-submerged.

In (T)ERROR, FBI informant “Shariff” grants filmmakers unprecedented access as he engages in a counterterrorism sting against a white Muslim man, illuminating the controversial methods employed in the government’s war on terror.

The Jury, Marilyn Ness, Sam Pollard, and Bernardo Ruiz, stated, “We are very pleased to honor two important films deserving of greater attention on an international stage, both of which speak to the heart of documentary storytelling in unique and compelling ways. With remarkably assured direction, especially from a first-time filmmaker, Kings of Nowhere delivers artful and thoughtfully paced storytelling. Though Kings of Nowhere on its face appears to be a local story, in fact it speaks to universal themes confronting humanity worldwide: people abandoned by their governments, facing unimaginable violence, and enduring neglect. Kings of Nowhere represents its characters with dignity and depth and it does so at the highest levels of our craft. But we also wanted to acknowledge the different ways in which films can take risks. With exceptional access, the two filmmakers of (T)ERROR took great personal risks to highlight an urgent issue in the United States while navigating complex journalistic and ethical terrain.”

 

The Full Frame Jury Award for Best Short

Provided by Drs. Andrew and Barbra Rothschild

The Full Frame Jury Award for Best Short was given to Last Day of Freedom, directed by Nomi Talisman and Dee Hibbert-Jones. Beautiful animation accompanies poignant testimony in this haunting short about a man who discovers his brother has committed a serious crime.

The Jury, J. Christian Jensen, Yael Melamede, and Nicole Triche, stated, “This film demonstrates and reminds us of the simple power and intimacy of the human voice. It interweaves different visual styles of animation and engages the audience fully in an increasingly fraught tale that ultimately presents the supreme cost of doing the right thing.”

 

Full Frame Audience Award Feature

Sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina 

How to Dance in Ohio, directed by Alexandra Shiva, received the Full Frame Audience Award Feature. Three young women on the autism spectrum attempt to navigate social rules and the impending challenges of adulthood as they prepare for their first formal dance.

 

Full Frame Audience Award Short

The Full Frame Audience Award Short was given to Giovanni and the Water Ballet, directed by Astrid Bussink. In this film, Giovanni dreams of becoming the first boy to compete in the Dutch synchronized swimming championship. With the support of his girlfriend, Kim, can he pass one final exam? 

 

The Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award

Provided by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

The Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award was presented to Last Day of Freedom, directed by Nomi Talisman and Dee Hibbert-Jones. Beautiful animation accompanies poignant testimony in this haunting short about a man who discovers his brother has committed a serious crime. This award honors a documentary artist whose work is a potential catalyst for education and change. Representatives from the Center for Documentary Studies juried the prize: Randy Benson, Morgan Capps, Wesley Hogan, Katie Hyde, Lynn McKnight, Dan Partridge, Teka Selman, Brooke Darrah Shuman, and April Walton.

 

The Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award

Provided by the Charles E. Guggenheim Family 

Tocando la Luz (Touch the Light), directed by Jennifer Redfearn, received the Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award. In this quietly arresting film, three blind women in Havana, Cuba, share their heartbreaks and hopes, and navigate their profound desire for independence. Provided by the Charles E. Guggenheim family, this prize honors a first-time documentary feature director. Matthew Hamachek, Bari Pearlman, and Maxim Pozdorovkin participated on the Jury.

  

Full Frame Inspiration Award

Sponsored by the Hartley Film Foundation 

The Full Frame Inspiration Award was awarded to The Storm Makers, directed by Guillaume Suon. This film is a heartbreaking exposé of Cambodia’s human trafficking system, revealed through the stories of two guiltless “recruiters” and a young woman who was sold into slavery and escaped. This award is presented to the film that best exemplifies the value and relevance of world religions and spirituality. Ross Kauffman, Sarah Masters, and Ryan White participated on the Jury.

 

Full Frame President’s Award

Sponsored by Duke University 

The Farewell, directed by Alejandro Alonso, was given the Full Frame President’s Award. Long retired from the local mine, Pablo Fabelo spends his days smoking cigars, playing cards, and quietly reminiscing in this languid, lushly photographed short. Representatives on behalf of the President’s Office of Duke University juried the prize.

  

The Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights

Sponsored by the Julian Price Family Foundation in memory of Melanie Taylor

The Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights was awarded to Peace Officer, directed by Brad Barber and Scott Christopherson. After a former sheriff sees his son-in-law killed in a controversial police standoff, he dives into an obsessive investigation of the militarization of American law enforcement. Provided by the Julian Price Family Foundation, this award is presented to a film that addresses a significant human rights issue in the United States. Representatives from the Kathleen Bryan Edwards family juried the prize: Anne Arwood, Laura Edwards, Clay Farland, Margaret Griffin, and Pricey Harrison.

  

The Nicholas School Environmental Award

Sponsored by the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University

Good Things Await, directed by Phie Ambo, received the Nicholas School Environmental Award. In this film, an aging farmer runs a biodynamic farm in the Danish countryside, prioritizing spiritual methods over contemporary standards. Will new regulations threaten his way of life?

Overburden, directed by Chad A. Stevens, received an Honorable Mention from the Nicholas School Environmental Award Jury. In this film, an environmentalist and a former pro-coal activist in the heart of Appalachia join forces to protect their home from the industry that’s divided their community for decades.

The Nicholas School Environmental Award honors the film that best depicts the conflict between our drive to improve living standards through development and modernization, and the imperative to preserve both the natural environment that sustains us and the heritages that define us. Daniel Junge, Sam Cullman, and Farihah Zaman participated on the Jury.

 

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About Full Frame

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, N.C., for a four-day, morning to midnight array of over 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and southern hospitality. Set within a four-block radius, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation between filmmakers, film professionals, and the general public. The 2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival yielded $2,400,000 for Durham’s local economy. Full Frame also promotes the festival’s mission throughout the year by presenting documentary work in the Full Frame Theater and other venues both locally and nationally.

The festival is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies, a nonprofit 501(c)3, and receives support from corporate sponsors, private foundations, and individual donors whose generosity provides the foundation that makes the event possible. To learn more about the mission of Full Frame, scheduled films, festival tickets, or how to support Full Frame, visit http://www.fullframefest.org.

 

 

 

Full Frame to Honor Josh Braun with 2015 Advocate Award

Durham, N.C.April 2, 2015 – The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced that its 2015 Advocate Award will be presented to Josh Braun, co-president of Submarine Entertainment. Full Frame’s Director, Deirdre Haj, presents the Full Frame Advocate Award in recognition of individuals who have supported the documentary medium and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Braun will receive this honor at the festival’s Awards Barbecue on Sunday, April 12.

Previous recipients of the Advocate Award are Jim Goodmon and Michael Goodmon, Triangle, philanthropists and developers; Molly Thompson, President of A&E IndieFilms; and longtime Full Frame advisor Wyndham Robertson.

Braun is the co-president of Submarine, a hybrid sales and production company which he and his twin brother, Dan, formed in 2001. Recent films sold by Submarine include the Oscar®-winning documentaries Citizenfour, 20 Feet from Stardom, Searching for Sugar Man, and Man on Wire. Other titles include Sunshine Superman, The Wolfpack, Dior and I, Best of Enemies, 3 ½ Minutes, Battered Bastards of BaseballThe Unknown Known, Finding Vivian Maier, Blackfish, Dirty Wars, Queen of Versailles, Tabloid, Page One: Inside the New York Times, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Bill Cunningham New York, Food, Inc., Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, Valentino: The Last Emperor, and many others. Braun has executive produced numerous documentaries including The Unknown Known, Patrolman P, Seamless, Gramercy Park Hotel, Cat Dancers, Billionaire, Easy Riders Raging Bulls, Kill Your Idols, Page One: Inside the New York Times, and Ivory Tower.   

“When one thinks of an advocate for documentary film, many professionals come to mind, but the tireless sales agent rarely comes first,” said Full Frame Director Deirdre Haj. “Josh is a genius at promoting documentaries that have become household names, award winners and game changers. He is in many ways responsible for the popularity the genre enjoys. For this we honor him with this year’s Advocate Award.”

Braun is committed to finding films that instill in him a passionate response. He states, “I tell the younger guys in our office, the starting point is that you love it, and it excites you. If that is true then it is likely that other people will feel the same way. Some films are obvious, you know they will play well, but others…you have to go with your instincts.”

Laura Poitras, director of Citizenfour, said, “I am deeply grateful to Josh and his work on Citizenfour. He was able to navigate our complex distribution plans and keep everything under the radar. We asked him to break many rules, which he did gracefully. He is a great advocate for cinema and filmmakers.”

“Braun is an expert advisor of documentary filmmakers, advocating for their work and fairly representing them so they enjoy commercial success,” said Haj.

“Some of these films anyone could have sold,” Braun added. “It is the films where how we intervened mattered, that is where I derive the most satisfaction.”

The 18th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be held April 9-12, 2015, in Durham, N.C., with Duke University as the presenting sponsor. Individual tickets are now on sale. 

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Full Frame Announces Additional Programming for 2015: Opening Night, Center Frames, Free Screenings, Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant, Fresh Docs

Still from MERU, the 2015 Opening Night Film, directed by Jimmy Chin and E. Chai Vasarhelyi

Durham, N.C.March 19, 2015 – The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced the Opening Night Film and additional programming for the 2015 festival: three Center Frame programs, five free screenings, the presentation of this year’s Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant recipients, and the Fresh Docs program.

MERU, about an elite climbing team’s attempt to ascend the treacherous Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru, will be the festival’s Opening Night Film, screening on Thursday, April 9, at the Carolina Theatre’s Fletcher Hall. The film’s directors, Jimmy Chin and E. Chai Vasarhelyi, will be in attendance for an extended conversation after the screening.

Sunshine Superman, directed by Marah Strauch, will screen as the free Closing Night Film on Sunday, April 12.

Three films previously announced in the Invited Program will exhibit as Center Frame screenings in Fletcher Hall of the Carolina Theatre: 3 ½ MINUTES by Marc Silver, Harry & Snowman by Ron Davis, and The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution by Stanley Nelson.

Filmmakers and subjects from the films will participate in extended conversations after the Center Frame screenings. Special guests include Ron Davis, father of Jordan Davis, from 3 ½ MINUTES; show jumping legend Harry deLeyer from Harry & Snowman; and former Black Panther activist and professor of law Kathleen Cleaver from The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.

Full Frame 2015 will feature four free screenings in addition to the Closing Night Film, continuing its tradition of showing free films Friday and Saturday nights. Love is All and Dinosaur 13 will each screen twice: once indoors at the Full Frame Theater in the Power Plant at American Tobacco Campus and once outdoors at Durham Central Park. Food truck roundups will precede the Durham Central Park showings on Friday and Saturday nights. These free screenings and the Closing Night Film are presented by PNC.

The 2015 Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant, now in its ninth year, has been awarded to Ted Passon for The Trial of Mumia Abu-Jamal and to Elisa Haradon and Gabriel Miller for Sweetheart Deal. Grant organizers will join the filmmakers in presenting short excerpts from their works-in-progress prior to a screening of (T)ERROR by David Felix Sutcliffe and 2013 grant recipient Lyric R. Cabral. The grant is awarded in honor of filmmaker Garrett Scott, who made a distinctive mark in the documentary genre during his brief career. It recognizes first-time filmmakers who, like Scott, bring a unique vision to the content and style of their documentary films.

The Fresh Docs program, a free event, will feature in-the-works excerpts from Farmer Veteran directed by Alix Blair and Jeremy Lange. The screening will be followed by a moderated conversation with the filmmakers. Fresh Docs, presented by the Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund, provides audiences with the opportunity to watch documentaries in various stages of production and to participate in the critique process. It also gives filmmakers the opportunity to receive feedback from a dedicated assembly of their peers and serious documentary enthusiasts.

Opening Night Film at Carolina Theatre’s Fletcher Hall
OPENING NIGHT FILM – Thursday, April 9, at 7:40pm
MERU (Directors: Jimmy Chin, E. Chai Vasarhelyi)
An elite climbing team tries to ascend the treacherous Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru. Remarkably photographed by the climbers themselves, their journey tests the boundaries of endurance, trust, and friendship.

Center Frame Screenings at Carolina Theatre’s Fletcher Hall
CENTER FRAME – Friday, April 10, at 7:30pm
3 ½ MINUTES (Director: Marc Silver)
In 2012, Jordan Davis, an African American teenager, was shot and killed while sitting in a car with three friends at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida. This powerful film examines the ensuing trial.

CENTER FRAME – Saturday, April 11, at 4:30pm
Harry & Snowman (Director: Ron Davis)
The story of the deep friendship between a former plow horse and a gifted equestrian, who together make an unexpectedly formidable show jumping team.

CENTER FRAME – Saturday, April 11, at 7:30 pm
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (Director: Stanley Nelson)
A clarifying and vibrant history of the Black Panther Party, rich with rare archival footage, from the Party’s early beginnings to its ultimate dissolution.

Free Screenings Presented by PNC

FREE CLOSING NIGHT FILM
Sunday, April 12, at 8:00pm – Carolina Theatre’s Fletcher Hall (Ticket Required)
Sunshine Superman (Director: Marah Strauch)
This portrait of the “father of BASE jumping,” Carl Boenish, weaves recollections from friends and family through an astounding array of his own daring 16mm documentation.

FREE SCREENINGS
Friday, April 10, at 4:30pm – Full Frame Theater (Ticket Required)
Saturday, April 11, at 8:30pm – Durham Central Park
Dinosaur 13 (Director: Todd Douglas Miller)
Years after a team of paleontologists excavates a rare Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, the U.S. government alleges the fossils were stolen from federal land. This film reveals the incredible story of “Sue,” and the ensuing legal case over her remains.

FREE SCREENINGS
Friday, April 10, at 8:30pm – Durham Central Park
Saturday, April 11, at 6:30pm – Full Frame Theater (Ticket Required)
Love is All (Director: Kim Longinotto)
This romantic whirl through the British film archives captures love and courtship in the 20th century through a kaleidoscopic montage of clips.

Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant
Saturday, April 11, at 1:00pm – Cinema 3
The Trial of Mumia Abu-Jamal (Director: Ted Passon)
New discoveries, unearthed footage, and animated transcript recreations bring to life the courtroom drama of the most contested and divisive death-row case in modern American history.

Sweetheart Deal (Directors: Elisa Haradon, Gabriel Miller)
In Seattle, three women struggling with heroin addiction find solace, care, and support in the form of one man whose charity does not come without a heavy price.

Fresh Docs
Friday, April 10, at 7:00pm – Full Frame Theater
Farmer Veteran (Directors: Alix Blair, Jeremy Lange)
A wounded veteran, adrift after three tours of combat duty in Iraq, becomes a farmer in an attempt to bury his demons and cultivate a life beyond war.

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Full Frame Announces Lineups for Marshall Curry Tribute and 2015 Thematic Program “The True Meaning of Pictures”

 

Durham, N.C. – March 18, 2015 The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced its list of Full Frame Tribute and Thematic Program films.

The festival is proud to present the 2015 Full Frame Tribute to filmmaker Marshall Curry. Full Frame will screen Curry’s films over the course of the four-day event, and will welcome a selection of Curry’s collaborators and subjects for Q&As.

“Full Frame is where I had the first showing of my first film, Street Fight,” Curry said. “I have a fond memory of pacing around outside the theater, nervously trying to keep from throwing up. For a couple of years before that, I had been going down to the festival from New York just to watch films and try to learn how they were made. After screenings I would stumble out into the North Carolina springtime and see my documentary heroes having BBQ in the courtyard. It’s a magical festival, well curated, with a warm and generous spirit.”

The Thematic Program “The True Meaning of Pictures,” curated by filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal (Watermark, Payback, Act of God) grapples with the ethical portrayal of provocative content. The lineup features titles from Errol Morris, Lauren Greenfield, Mads Brügger, and Christian Frei, as well as two of Baichwal’s own films: The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams’ Appalachia and Manufactured Landscapes.

“The ethics and politics of representation have preoccupied me since I started making films two decades ago,” said Baichwal. “It came to a head in 2003 with The True Meaning of Pictures. I realized that by showing the photographs of Shelby Lee Adams in our film, we were subject to exactly the same criticism leveled against him for taking them. And I knew we had to address this in some way beyond having people argue about whether the representation was ethical or not. I also realized that there is no overall rule for tackling these issues: each context, each situation, demands its own complex, delicate, honest, ethical approach.”

Specific screening times and venues will be announced with the release of the full schedule on March 19.

 

FULL FRAME TRIBUTE

Full Frame honors the work of Marshall Curry. The Full Frame Tribute will be presented at the Awards Barbecue on Sunday.

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front     
Marshall Curry   Co-Director: Sam Cullman
An environmental activist driven to increasingly extreme methods of protest faces profound political consequences in the wake of 9/11.

Mistaken for Strangers     Tom Berninger   Executive Producer: Marshall Curry
Matt Berninger, the lead singer of the rock band the National, invites his younger brother to work as a roadie and film the band on tour—with unexpected results.

Point and Shoot     Marshall Curry
Video camera in hand, a sheltered young man eager for self-reinvention leaves home in Baltimore and heads to Libya to join in the fight against Muammar Gaddafi.

Racing Dreams     Marshall Curry
Three preteens with NASCAR aspirations compete for the World Karting Championship while grappling with the pressures of family and the realities of coming of age.

Street Fight     Marshall Curry
When Cory Booker runs against incumbent Sharpe James in 2002’s fierce battle for mayor of Newark, he comes up against an old-school political machine willing to win by any means necessary.

 

FULL FRAME THEMATIC PROGRAM: THE TRUE MEANING OF PICTURES

Jennifer Baichwal presents a series of films examining the ethics of representation in documentary work.

Gates of Heaven     Errol Morris
Errol Morris interviews an assortment of the eccentric characters involved when a pet cemetery closes and the remains of beloved animals must be relocated to another memorial park.

Manufactured Landscapes     Jennifer Baichwal
Following the photographer in China, this film captures Edward Burtynsky as he creates highly detailed large-format images of the effects of industry on our natural world.

The Queen of Versailles     Lauren Greenfield
The Queen of Versailles is a character-driven documentary about a billionaire family’s financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis.

The Red Chapel     Mads Brügger
Under the guise of cultural exchange, Danish artist and filmmaker Mads Brügger embarks on a trip to North Korea to mount a variety show, exposing injustices of the regime by recording the process.

The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams’ Appalachia     Jennifer Baichwal
This film examines the issues of representation in the challenging work of American photographer Shelby Lee Adams, who has spent decades documenting a single community in the mountains of Kentucky.

War Photographer     Christian Frei
This film offers an immediate, first-person perspective on the scenes photojournalist James Nachtwey captures in warzones around the world, deepened with self-reflection about his intent and process.

The 18th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be held April 9-12, 2015, in Durham, N.C., with Duke University as the presenting sponsor. The complete schedule of films will be announced March 19. Festival passes go on sale February 11, and can be purchased online at http://www.fullframefest.org. Individual tickets go on sale April 2.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Lindsay Gordon-Faranda / Full Frame / lindsay.gordon@fullframefest.org / (919) 613.0961 / @fullframe

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Full Frame Announces Invited Program and NEW DOCS Lineup for 18th Annual Documentary Film Festival 

Durham, N.C.March 11, 2015 – The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced its “Invited Program” and “NEW DOCS” lineup of new feature and short films. Specific screening times and venues will be announced with the release of the full schedule on March 19.

“We are incredibly proud of the talent on display in our 2015 lineup,” said director of programming Sadie Tillery. “These new films take us places: remote landscapes, hypnotic fairs, and steep climbs. They probe legal cases, unveil artistic processes, and witness turmoil. They bring history to life and encourage us to think deeply about current events. And altogether, they highlight people, the human experience, and allow us to reflect on the world in which we live. It’s a gift that filmmakers share this work with us, and we can’t wait to share it with our audiences in April.”

One of the nation’s premier documentary film festivals, Full Frame celebrates its 18th annual festival this April. Full Frame is a qualifying event for consideration for the nominations for both the Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject and the Producers Guild of America Awards.

The “NEW DOCS” program includes 49 titles, 35 features and 14 shorts, from across the United States and around the world, selected from over 1,300 submissions, including 12 World Premieres, 13 North American Premieres, and two U.S. Premieres. Nearly all of the films are screening in North Carolina for the first time. “NEW DOCS” films are eligible for the Full Frame Audience Award and are shortlisted for a variety of additional juried prizes. Award winners will be announced at the annual Awards Barbecue on Sunday, April 12.

The “Invited Program” features 21 films screening out of competition, including one World Premiere and one U.S. Premiere. Within this list are the festival’s “Center Frame” screenings, which feature moderated panel discussions following the films and take place in Fletcher Hall at the Carolina Theatre. The “Opening Night Film,” “Center Frame” programs, and special free screenings will be announced in the coming week.

NEW DOCS

Abandoned Goods       Pia Borg, Edward Lawrenson
A meditation on artwork and experiences connected to the Adamson Collection, some 5,500 paintings, sculptures, and drawings made by patients in Netherne, a psychiatric hospital, between 1946 and 1981.

BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez       Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, Sabrina Schmidt Gordon
Rich with spoken word performances and readings by young black artists, this film honors the life and legacy of poet, activist, and teacher Sonia Sanchez.  World Premiere

BARGE       Ben Powell                        
A meditative microcosm of the American Dream, Barge documents a hard-working crew’s month-long hitch aboard a Mississippi River towboat bound for New Orleans.

Bikes vs Cars       Fredrik Gertten
A global look at bicycles as a tool for change in a world overrun by cars, from the frustrations of gridlock in Los Angeles to the fight for safe bike lanes in São Paulo.

Cairo in One Breath       Anna Kipervaser
A layered examination of soundscapes and sacred spaces as thousands of muezzins in Cairo are replaced by a single radio broadcast of the adhan, the Muslim call to prayer. World Premiere

Cartel Land       Matthew Heineman
With stunning access amidst danger and violence, Cartel Land viscerally exposes two contemporary vigilante movements, one on either side of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Chasing the Wind (Inseguire il vento)       Filippo Ticozzi
Gifted Italian mortician Karine spends her days among the dead and her evenings among the living, approaching both worlds with contemplation and calm.
North American Premiere

The Circus Dynasty (Cirkusdynastiet)       Anders Riis-Hansen
Expectations are high when the son and daughter of two famous circus families fall in love. But will the fickle flames of young romance threaten this perfect union?
North American Premiere

Containment       Peter Galison, Robb Moss
Issues of waste disposal at three radioactive sites pose profound practical and philosophical conundrums for the present and the future.  World Premiere

Crooked Candy       Andrew Rodgers
A vibrant compilation of colorful plastic, this short captures one man’s fascination with Kinder Eggs and the intricate collectibles that lie at the core of these milk chocolate ovoids.

Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck       Olympia Stone
A portrait of artist David Beck, who sculpts, carves, paints, and welds to make intricate creations as masterfully layered as they are playful and personal.  World Premiere

Devil’s Rope       Sophie Bruneau
An elliptical meditation on barbed wire, from its role in the settling of the American West to its present-day use by militaries and prisons.  North American Premiere

The Farewell (La despedida)       Alejandro Alonso
Long retired from the local mine, Pablo Fabelo spends his days smoking cigars, playing cards, and quietly reminiscing in this languid, lushly photographed short.
North American Premiere

The Fish Tamer (El domador de peixos)       Roger Gómez, Dani Resines
At the request of an ailing friend, a fisherman sets out to free Juanita, a beloved and exceptionally talented carp.

For Floppy Ears Only (Wat konijnen mogen weten)       Ronja Hijmans
When her mother suddenly passes away, eight-year-old Lulu finds strength in her father, brothers, and stuffed animal, Rabbit.  North American Premiere

From This Day Forward       Sharon Shattuck
In the lead-up to her wedding, filmmaker Sharon Shattuck returns home to better understand the enduring relationship between her mother and transgender father.
World Premiere

Giovanni and the Water Ballet (Giovanni en het Waterballet)      Astrid Bussink
Giovanni dreams of becoming the first boy to compete in the Dutch synchronized swimming championship. With the support of his girlfriend, Kim, can he pass one final exam?

Good Things Await (Så Meget Godt I Vente)       Phie Ambo
An aging farmer runs a biodynamic farm in the Danish countryside, prioritizing spiritual methods over contemporary standards. Will new regulations threaten his way of life?

Graminoids       Demelza Kooij, Lars Koens
Changing winds blowing through a field of grass create mesmerizing patterns and otherworldly landscapes in this symphony of sound and movement.

Here Come the Videofreex       Jon Nealon, Jenny Raskin
Using brand-new portable video technology, a pioneering collective of 1970s radicals captures counterculture happenings ignored by TV network news.  World Premiere

How to Dance in Ohio       Alexandra Shiva
Three young women on the autism spectrum attempt to navigate social rules and the impending challenges of adulthood as they prepare for their first formal dance.

In the Country (Ute på landet)       Anders Jedenfors
This exquisite black-and-white portrait captures the choreography of coexistence, revealing simple details of a longstanding couple’s day-to-day life in rural Sweden.
North American Premiere

Incorruptible       E. Chai Vasarhelyi
During the political crisis surrounding Senegal’s 2012 presidential elections, an artist-led youth movement forms to protect the democracy.  World Premiere

King Georges       Erika Frankel
Forty years after opening Le Bec-Fin, French chef Georges Perrier strives to keep his landmark restaurant relevant in a culinary world of new stars and shifting tastes.
World Premiere

Kings of Nowhere (Los reyes del pueblo que no existe)       Betzabé García
In this poetic and patiently photographed film, a handful of residents stay their ground after a flood leaves their Mexican village semi-submerged.

Kings of the Wind & Electric Queens       Cédric Dupire, Gaspard Kuentz
This sensory film spirits us through the frenzied preparations and primal beats of an annual fair in Sonepur, India.  US Premiere

The Land       Erin Davis
Children’s empowerment is tied to exploring risk at an “adventure playground” in North Wales, where kids are free to use saws, make fires, and climb tall trees.  World Premiere

The Lanthanide Series       Erin Espelie
Shifting images, sounds, and texts illuminate the role of rare earth elements and black mirrors in our modern world of screens and recording technology.
North American Premiere

Last Day of Freedom       Dee Hibbert-Jones, Nomi Talisman
Beautiful animation accompanies poignant testimony in this haunting short about a man who discovers his brother has committed a serious crime.  World Premiere

The Last Hour in the Sun (Het laatste uur in de zon)       Suzanne Jansen
Emile longs to be a pilot, but the financial crisis stands in the way of his childhood dream in this film about family, identity, and opening up to the uncertainties of the future.
North American Premiere

Love Marriage in Kabul       Amin Palangi
Afghan-Australian aid worker Mahboba Rawi must challenge traditions and navigate a web of complex negotiations to help two young Afghanis marry for love.

Mavis!       Jessica Edwards
Her family group, the Staple Singers, inspired millions and helped propel the civil rights movement with their music. This vibrant film highlights Mavis Staples’ enduring legacy and message of love and equality.

Monte Adentro       Nicolás Macario Alonso
Two brothers from a Colombian muleteer family personify the contrast between city and country, joining forces for one epic mule-driving expedition through the Andes.

Nadeshda       Anna Frances Ewert, Falk Müller
Three Roma children with musical aspirations grapple with discrimination and the limiting, and sometimes threatening, traditions of their Bulgarian ghetto.  US Premiere

Of Men and War       Laurent Bécue-Renard
Combat veterans at a group therapy center attempt to overcome their PTSD and rebuild their lives in this unflinching look at the walking casualties of war.

Overburden       Chad A. Stevens
In the heart of Appalachia, an environmentalist and a former pro-coal activist join forces to protect their home from the industry that’s divided their community for decades.
World Premiere

Peace Officer       Scott Christopherson, Brad Barber
After a former sheriff sees his son-in-law killed in a controversial police standoff, he dives into an obsessive investigation of the militarization of American law enforcement.

The Queen (La Reina)       Manuel Abramovich
As the grown-ups fuss to prepare her to be queen of the carnival, 11-year-old pageant competitor Memi learns that beauty is pain.

R. Enstone       James Varley
The discovery of a box of mysterious and sometimes darkly paranoid footage shot by a man named Richard Enstone raises unanswerable questions.  North American Premiere

Sad Songs of Happiness       Constanze Knoche
When their voice teacher enters them in a prestigious European music competition, three Palestinian schoolgirls learn lessons about dreams and dashed hopes.
North American Premiere

Saving Mes Aynak       Brent E. Huffman
An Afghan archeologist races to save ancient Buddhist artifacts from a 5,000-year-old site near Kabul before a Chinese mining company demolishes the area.

The Solitude of Memory (¿Por qué el recuerdo?)       Juan Pablo González
In this brief film about grief and remembrance, a father recounts the story of his son’s death in multiple iterations as his language and landscapes poetically converge.

The Storm Makers       Guillaume Suon
A heartbreaking exposé of Cambodia’s human trafficking system, revealed through the stories of two guiltless “recruiters” and a young woman who was sold into slavery and escaped.  North American Premiere

Tell Spring Not to Come This Year       Saeed Taji Farouky, Michael McEvoy
When international forces pull out of Afghanistan in 2014, the ill-equipped troops of the Afghan National Army take over control of the extremely dangerous Helmand Province. North American Premiere

The Term       Alexei Pivovarov, Pavel Kostomarov, Alexander Rastorguev
This chaotic, farcical document of the rising tide of protest against Vladimir Putin’s rule in Russia centers around three young leaders of the opposition movement.
North American Premiere

(T)ERROR       Lyric R. Cabral, David Felix Sutcliffe
FBI informant “Shariff” grants filmmakers unprecedented access as he engages in a counterterrorism sting against a white Muslim man, illuminating the controversial methods employed in the government’s war on terror.

Tocando la Luz (Touch the Light)       Jennifer Redfearn
In this quietly arresting film, three blind women in Havana, Cuba, share their heartbreaks and hopes, and navigate their profound desire for independence.  World Premiere

Uyghurs, Prisoners of the Absurd (Ouïghours: Prisonniers de l’absurde)
Patricio HenrÍquez
A group of Uyghurs, China’s Muslim minority, escape persecution by fleeing to Afghanistan, only to find themselves sold as terrorists to U.S. forces and held for years at Guantanamo Bay.

White Chimney (Savupiippu)       Jani Peltonen
This enigmatic short weaves together past and present to explore what happened to a young Finnish actress at a hotel party in 1939.

 

Invited Program

3 ½ MINUTES       Marc Silver
In 2012, an African American teenager was shot and killed while sitting in a car with three friends at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida. This powerful film examines the ensuing trial.

Althea       Rex Miller
The story of Althea Gibson, the unlikely “Jackie Robinson of tennis,” a tough, competitive athlete who blazed trails and crossed color lines.

Being Evel       Daniel Junge
From motorcycles to rockets, from hustler to Johnny Carson’s couch, Evel Knievel’s real triumph spanned more than 14 Greyhound buses.

Best of Enemies       Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon
In 1968, a series of nationally televised debates matched conservative William F. Buckley against liberal Gore Vidal: intellectual argument quickly gave way to verbal blood sport.

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution       Stanley Nelson
A clarifying and vibrant history of the Black Panther Party, rich with rare archival footage, from the Party’s early beginnings to its ultimate dissolution.

City of Gold       Laura Gabbert
Food critic Jonathan Gold takes us on a journey through Los Angeles’s eclectic food scene, introducing a trove of international delicacies far off the well-beaten path.

Deep Web       Alex Winter
Alex Winter investigates Silk Road, the online black market and trade hub for illegal drugs, concentrating on the arrest and trial of Dread Pirate Roberts, the site’s unlikely founder.

(Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies       Yael Melamede
Personal stories of dishonesty are interwoven with insights by behavioral economics expert Dan Ariely in this enlightening study of the human tendency to lie.  US Premiere

DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Story of the National Lampoon     
Douglas Tirola
This history of the bawdily irreverent humor magazine reveals the antiheroes of the antiestablishment through lively interviews and captivating archival footage.

Harry & Snowman       Ron Davis
The story of the deep friendship between a former plow horse and a gifted equestrian, who together make an unexpectedly formidable show jumping team.     World Premiere

Hot Type: 150 Years of the Nation       Barbara Kopple
This tribute to America’s oldest weekly magazine goes behind the scenes of editorial meetings, intern hirings, and in-depth (left-leaning) political and cultural reporting.

Iris       Albert Maysles
The late, legendary Albert Maysles documents 93-year-old fashion icon Iris Apfel in this charming celebration of style, wit, and individuality.

Kingdom of Shadows       Bernardo Ruiz
The U.S.-Mexico drug war is humanized through the stories of a U.S. federal agent, a former drug smuggler, and an activist nun.

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck       Brett Morgen
This first fully authorized account of the late Nirvana frontman’s life reveals Kurt Cobain’s personal archive of journals and recordings, unseen and unheard until now.

Listen to Me Marlon       Stevan Riley
This excavation of the private thoughts of one of Hollywood’s public stars, Marlon Brando, is composed entirely of archival materials, most notably audio messages the actor recorded to himself.

The Look of Silence       Joshua Oppenheimer
In this arresting companion piece to The Act of Killing, an Indonesian optometrist confronts the men who murdered his brother and demands accountability in a society silenced by fear.

Meru       Jimmy Chin, E. Chai Vasarhelyi
An elite climbing team tries to ascend the treacherous Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru. Remarkably photographed by the climbers themselves, their journey tests the boundaries of endurance, trust, and friendship.

Sunshine Superman       Marah Strauch
This portrait of the “father of BASE jumping,” Carl Boenish, weaves recollections from friends and family through an astounding array of his own daring 16mm documentation.

Tiger Tiger       George Butler
Follow big cat specialist Dr. Alan Rabinowitz deep into the dangerous Sundarbans forest on the border of India and Bangladesh, where he hopes his work will help save endangered wild tigers.

Western       Bill Ross, Turner Ross
With equal parts grit and sensitivity, a mayor and a rancher wrestle changing forces and impending violence in brother towns on opposite sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Wolfpack       Crystal Moselle
A stranger-than-fiction story of six teenage brothers who’ve grown up locked inside their Manhattan apartment, with movies as their only avenue to the outside world.

The 18th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be held April 9-12, 2015, in Durham, N.C., with Duke University as the presenting sponsor. The complete schedule of films will be announced March 19. Festival passes go on sale February 11, and can be purchased online at http://www.fullframefest.org. Individual tickets go on sale April 2.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Lindsay Gordon-Faranda / Full Frame / lindsay.gordon@fullframefest.org / (919) 613.0961 / @fullframe

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Announces 2015 Tribute and Thematic Program

Marshall Curry to Receive Full Frame Tribute, Jennifer Baichwal to Curate Thematic Program 

Durham, N.C. – February 10, 2015 – The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will honor Marshall Curry with the 2015 Tribute Award, presenting a retrospective of his work. This year’s Thematic Program will look at the ethics of representation in documentary film through a series curated by filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal.

“Full Frame is where I had the first showing of my first film, Street Fight,” Curry said. “I have a fond memory of pacing around outside the theater, nervously trying to keep from throwing up. For a couple of years before that, I had been going down to the festival from New York just to watch films and try to learn how they were made. After screenings I would stumble out into the North Carolina springtime and see my documentary heroes having BBQ in the courtyard. It’s a magical festival, well curated, with a warm and generous spirit.”

“Marshall’s films have been a highlight of this festival over the years, and we’re excited to revisit his work, the people he’s introduced us to, and his profound approach to capturing their stories on screen,” said director of programming Sadie Tillery.

Curry is a two-time Academy Award®–nominated documentary director, producer, cinematographer, and editor. His first film, Street Fight, won the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, AFI/Discovery SilverDocs Festival, and Hot Docs Film Festival. It also received the Jury Prize at Hot Docs and was nominated for a Writer’s Guild of America Award, an Oscar®, and an Emmy. Curry’s next film, Racing Dreams, won the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival Jury Prize for Best Documentary. His film If a Tree Falls: The Story of the Earth Liberation Front won the Sundance Film Festival award for Best Documentary Editing and was nominated for an Academy Award®. Curry’s most recent film, Point and Shoot, won Best Documentary at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award, an IDA Award, and a Cinema Eye Honors Award. Curry’s films have been broadcast nationally on PBS, and have played around the world on the BBC, HBO Latin America, and others. Curry also served as executive producer of Mistaken for Strangers, which opened the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013.

For this year’s Thematic Program, Full Frame will focus on the complex moral questions around documentation, tapping filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal to curate.

“The ethics and politics of representation have preoccupied me since I started making films two decades ago,” said Baichwal. “It came to a head in 2003 with The True Meaning of Pictures. I realized that by showing the photographs of Shelby Lee Adams in our film, we were subject to exactly the same criticism leveled against him for taking them. And I knew we had to address this in some way beyond having people argue about whether the representation was ethical or not. I also realized that there is no overall rule for tackling these issues: each context, each situation, demands its own complex, delicate, honest, ethical approach.”

Tillery added, “I was drawn to the idea that documentary imagery can be at once intensely beautiful and deeply distressing. Working in a moving, visual medium, the undertaking of representation is even more layered with decisions around what is shown, how it’s framed, and in what way it’s discussed. I admire these intersections in Jennifer’s films and am excited about her program.”

“Full Frame’s Thematic Program allows a unique and deeply thoughtful kind of curation, and I am both pleased and honored to participate this year,” said Baichwal.

Jennifer Baichwal has been directing and producing documentaries for 20 years. Her films include Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles, about enigmatic expatriate novelist Paul Bowles; The True Meaning of Pictures, about the work of Appalachian photographer Shelby Lee Adams; Manufactured Landscapes, about the work of artist Edward Burtynsky; Act of God, about the metaphysical effects of being struck by lightning; Payback, a documentary adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth; and Watermark (co-directed by Edward Burtynsky), about human interaction with water around the world. Her films have screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs Film Festival, and Sundance Film Festival, and have won an International Emmy Award for Best Arts Documentary, the Toronto Film Critic’s Association prize for Best Canadian Film, the Canadian Media Awards prize for Best Documentary, and numerous other awards.

Both Baichwal and Curry will attend the festival. Specific titles for the Thematic Program and Full Frame Tribute, along with additional attending guests, will be announced in March.

The 18th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be held April 9-12, 2015, in Durham, N.C., with Duke University as the presenting sponsor. The complete schedule of films will be announced March 19. Festival passes go on sale February 11, and can be purchased online at http://www.fullframefest.org. Individual tickets go on sale April 2.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Lindsay Gordon-Faranda / Full Frame / lindsay.gordon@fullframefest.org / (919) 613.0961 / @fullframe

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The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University receives NEA grant to support the 2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

$35,000 Awarded to the Festival to aid with Filmmaker Travel

Durham, NC – December 4, 2014 – National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced on December 2 that The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University is one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The Center for Documentary Studies is recommended for a $35,000 grant, a $15,000 increase from last year’s grant, to support the 2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Full Frame is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “I’m pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Art Works including the award to The Center for Documentary Studies. The arts foster value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives.”

Full Frame Director, Deirdre Haj, said, “This year’s grant marks a significant increase for Full Frame, and is specifically to help offset the enormous costs of bringing our documentary filmmakers together in Durham. Anyone who has taken a flight in the last two years knows how travel costs have increased. We are extremely grateful to the NEA for their funding and support, so we can continue to be a major hub for the documentary community and provide the best film festival possible for Durham.”

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22 North Carolina nonprofits were recommended for grants totaling $527,000. Five Durham nonprofits were selected, and were recommended for grants totaling $215,000.

Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence: public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancing the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,474 eligible Art Works applications requesting more than $74 million in funding. Of those applications, 919 are recommended for grants for a total of $26.6 million.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website atarts.gov. Follow the conversation about this and other NEA‐funded projects on Twitter at #NEAFall2014.

The 18th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be held April 9-12, 2015, in Durham, N.C., with Duke University as the presenting sponsor.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Lindsay Gordon-Faranda / Full Frame / lindsay.gordon@fullframefest.org / (919) 613.0961 / @fullframe

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Receives PNC Grant to Expand Year-Round Programming

The Full Frame Road show, Presented by PNC, will Bring Free Screenings to Greater Triangle Area

Durham, NC – May 7, 2014 – The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has received a $25,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to enhance the reach of its programming. The grant will allow more Triangle residents to enjoy Full Frame’s new year-round program called The Full Frame Road Show presented by PNC, which will bring free screenings of documentary films beyond Durham and into other areas of the Triangle. 

“PNC believes that the arts are vital to the social and economic fabric of our communities,” said Paula Fryland, PNC regional president, Eastern Carolinas.  “This grant will expand Full Frame’s ability to introduce more families and residents in our community to the unique and educational art form of documentary film.”

The Full Frame Road Show unofficially launched in early 2014 with Full Frame’s annual Winter Series screenings at the Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham. PNC also presented all free screenings at the 2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Free screenings of the films “Good Ol’ Freda” and “If You Build It,” held at the Full Frame Theater and at Durham Central Park, as well as “The Battered Bastards of Baseball,” the festival’s Closing Night Film, were part of the Full Frame Road Show.

“Making documentaries accessible to a wider audience is a core part of Full Frame’s mission,” said Deirdre Haj, Full Frame’s Director. “With PNC’s generous support, The Full Frame Road Show expands our ability to screen documentaries throughout the Triangle, and allows these films to belong to everyone. It is exciting to know that other local economies may benefit from our screenings as our own restaurants and food trucks do here in Durham.”

The Full Frame Road Show will resume on Friday May 16, with a free screening of Brenda Goodman’s “Sex(Ed) The Movie” at 7:30pm, in the Full Frame Theater at the American Tobacco Campus. Full Frame Road Show screenings will continue to take place on Third Fridays in Durham, while also expanding Full Frame’s year-round programming to other regions of the Triangle including Raleigh and Cary. The first Raleigh screening will take place on Friday June 27 at the Raleigh City Center in downtown Raleigh, in partnership with the Downtown Raleigh Alliance. Subsequent Full Frame Road Show films, times, and locations will be announced on the Full Frame website, www.fullframefest.org.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Lindsay Gordon-Faranda / Full Frame / lindsay.gordon@fullframefest.org / (919) 613.0961 / @fullframe

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Announces 2014 Award Winners

Darious Clark Monroe answers questions after the screening of his film “Evolution of a Criminal” – Friday April 4, 2014. The film won both The Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award and The Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award at the 2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

Durham, NC — April 6th, 2014 — The 2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival award winners were announced this afternoon at the festival’s annual Awards Barbecue.

One of the nation’s premier documentary film festivals, Full Frame is celebrating its 17th annual festival. Full Frame is a qualifying event for consideration for nominations for both the Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject and The Producers Guild of America Awards.

2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Award Winners 

The Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award

Sponsored by the Reva and David Logan Foundation

The Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award was presented to Evolution of a Criminal, directed by Darius Clark Monroe. Ten years after robbing a bank as teenager, filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe returns home and turns the camera on himself — to tell the story of what happened and look at the fallout from his actions.

Jury members Shola Lynch, Robb Moss, and Christine O’Malley stated: “For its mix of autobiographical storytelling and inventive use of recreations, for its ability to disrupt what has become a familiar narrative, we award the Grand Jury Award to Evolution of a Criminal.”

 The Full Frame Jury Award for Best Short

Provided by Drs. Andrew and Barbra Rothschild

The Full Frame Jury Award for Best Short was given to White Earth, directed by J. Christian Jensen. Against the backdrop of an ethereal North Dakota winter, three children and their immigrant mother describe scenes of isolation and exertion — the impact of the oil boom to their everyday lives.

Jury members Brian McGinn, Rick Prelinger, and Toby Shimin stated: “Short filmmaking is the art of working within the constraints of limited resources. For its elegant images of an environmentally precarious practice, its enigmatic and often surprising characters, and its vivid depiction of a place undergoing rapid transition, we recognize White Earth with the Jury Award for Best Short.”  

Full Frame Audience Award – Feature

Sponsored by Merge Records

The Hand That Feeds, directed by Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick, received the Full Frame Audience Award for Feature. The film, a moving story of a bitter labor dispute, follows a group of New York City restaurant workers who stand up for their rights, despite the threat of job loss and deportation.  

Full Frame Audience Award – Short

Sponsored by Vimeo

The Silly Bastard Next to the Bed, directed by Scott Calonico, received the Full Frame Audience Award Short. The film is a humorous retelling of how JFK handled a scandal over some pricey bedroom furniture during the last summer of his presidency.

The Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award

Provided by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University 

The Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award was given to Evolution of a Criminal, directed by Darius Clark Monroe. Provided by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, this award honors a documentary artist whose work is a potential catalyst for education and change. Representatives from the Center for Documentary Studies juried the prize: Randy Benson, Wesley Hogan, Katie Hyde, Lynn McKnight, Dan Partridge, Elena Rue, Teka Selman, and April Walton.

The Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award

Provided by the Charles E. Guggenheim Family

Return to Homs, directed by Talal Derki, was awarded the Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award. The film takes viewers to the frontlines of the Syrian Civil War as two friends who are determined to defend their city abandon peaceful resistance and take up arms, heading straight for the heart of the warzone. Provided by the Charles E. Guggenheim family, this prize honors a first-time documentary feature director. Zak Piper, Roger Ross Williams, and Martha Shane juried this award.

Full Frame Inspiration Award

Sponsored by the Hartley Film Foundation

The Overnighters, directed by Jesse Moss, received the Full Frame Inspiration Award. The film deals with a pastor in an oil boomtown who opens his doors to desperate and disillusioned jobseekers, and the unintended consequences that result from his good intentioned actions. Sponsored by the Hartley Film Foundation, this award is presented to the film that best exemplifies the value and relevance of world religions and spirituality. Sarah Masters, Jason Osder, and Dawn Porter juried this award. 

Full Frame President’s Award

Sponsored by Duke University 

The Full Frame President’s Award was presented to Santa Cruz del Islote, directed by Luke Lorentzen. The film is about the remote island of Santa Cruz del Islote, one of the most densely populated on the planet, where a community struggles to main its way of life as resources and opportunities dwindle. Sponsored by Duke University, representatives on behalf of the President’s Office juried the prize.

The Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights

Sponsored by the Julian Price Family Foundation in memory of Melanie Taylor

Private Violence, directed by Cynthia Hill, won the Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights. This urgent and inspiring film confronts the question, “Why didn’t you leave?” through two women’s complex stories of survival, while exploring the way we talk about and deal with domestic violence as a society. Provided by the Julian Price Foundation, this award is presented to a film that addresses a significant human rights issue in the United States. Representatives from the Kathleen Bryan Edwards family juried the prize: Anne Arwood, Laura Edwards, Clay Farland, Margaret Griffin, and Pricey Harrison.

The Nicholas School Environmental Award

Sponsored by the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University 

The Nicholas School Environmental Award was presented to The Great Invisible, directed by Margaret Brown. The film is a chilling investigation of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, told through the stories of people still experiencing its after effects — from oil executives to Gulf Coast residents — long after the media moved on. The Nicholas School Environmental Award honors the film that best depicts the conflict between our drive to improve living standards through development and modernization, and the imperative to preserve both the natural environment that sustains us and the heritages that define us. Representatives from the Nicholas School of the Environment juried the prize: Lisa Campbell, Erin Espelie, Cindy Horn, Rebecca Patton, and Tom Rankin.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Lindsay Gordon-Faranda / Full Frame / lindsay.gordon@fullframefest.org / (919) 613.0961

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