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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Announces

2016 Award Winners

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

Durham, N.C.April 10, 2016 – The 2016 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 19th 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 20th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will take place April 6-9, 2017.

2016 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 Starless Dreams, directed by Mehrdad Oskouei. With rawness and candor, young women in an Iranian juvenile detention center reflect on the crimes they have committed and the harsh circumstances that have shaped them.

The Jury, Rachel Boynton, Margaret Brown, and Ricki Stern stated, “We are presenting the Grand Jury Award to a film that took us into a world we are not normally privileged to see. Through this deceptively simple look inside a juvenile correctional facility for girls under the age of 18, we were given a window into modern Iranian society. Beautifully crafted with tenderness and enormous respect for the people in it, this film left us with a bracing emotional punch.”

In addition, a Special Jury Mention goes to Gleason, directed by Clay Tweel. Within weeks of being diagnosed with ALS, former NFL defensive back Steve Gleason finds out that he and his wife are expecting their first child. Gleason follows his decision to live, for his family and others fighting the disease. The Jury said, “We wanted to give a special mention to a film that was fearlessly intimate. It is both a beautiful story about fathers and sons, and a moving portrait of a man and his resilient partner who together courageously confront the challenges of living with ALS.” 


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 Clínica de Migrantes: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin. This moving short focuses on the work of a volunteer-run clinic that provides medical services to the uninsured Latino community of South Philadelphia.

The Jury, Amy Foote, Davina Pardo, and Chad A. Stevens, stated, “With extraordinary access and moving vérité footage, Clínica de Migrantes tells the powerful story of what happens when undocumented immigrants are denied basic human rights. The film takes us on an emotional journey with the staff and patients at a volunteer-run clinic where undocumented immigrants receive medical care, and addresses a critical issue in a way that is so human and real that we unanimously agreed it must be awarded this year’s Best Short Award.”


Full Frame Audience Award
Feature
Sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina

Life, Animated, directed by Roger Ross Williams, received the Full Frame Audience Award Feature. The family of an autistic boy discovered a way to communicate with him through his treasured Disney films, transforming lines of animated characters into a language of love.

Full Frame Audience Award Short
Sponsored by the Asheville Field Office – Bob Allen Family Foundation

The Full Frame Audience Award Short was given to Pickle, directed by Amy Nicholson. At once hilarious and heartfelt, Pickle chronicles a series of pets with bizarre afflictions through the recollections of a couple who loved them regardless.

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 Sonita, directed by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami. As her family attempts to sell her as a bride, an Afghani refugee living in Iran fights to keep her dream of becoming a rap star alive. Representatives from the Center for Documentary Studies juried the prize: Kamal Badhey, Randy Benson, Wesley Hogan, Katie Hyde, Lynn McKnight, Dan Partridge, Elena Rue, and April Walton.

Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award
Provided by the Charles E. Guggenheim Family

Call Me Marianna, directed by Karolina Bielawska, received the Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award. As she embarks on a quest to become herself, Polish transgender woman Marianna must summon inner strength and make immeasurable sacrifices. Provided by the Charles E. Guggenheim family, this prize honors a first-time documentary feature director. Sabrina Schmidt Gordon, Melinda Shopsin, and David Teague participated on the Jury.

Full Frame Inspiration Award
Sponsored by the Hartley Film Foundation

The Full Frame Inspiration Award was awarded to Starless Dreams, directed by Mehrdad Oskouei. With rawness and candor, young women in an Iranian juvenile detention center reflect on the crimes they have committed and the harsh circumstances that have shaped them. Sarah Masters, Michael Palmieri, and Malika Zouhali-Worrall participated on the Jury. This award is presented to the film that best exemplifies the value and relevance of world religions and spirituality.

Full Frame President’s Award
Sponsored by Duke University

The Mute’s House, directed by Tamar Kay, received the Full Frame President’s Award. The film provides an intimate look into the lives of energetic eight-year-old Yousef and his deaf mother, Sahar, the last Palestinian residents of a deserted apartment building in Hebron. Representatives on behalf of the President’s Office of Duke University juried the prize, awarded to the best student film.

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 Kiki, directed by Sara Jordenö. This entrance into the world of voguing contrasts the energy and pulse of ball culture with the intimate and emotional stories of a group of young LGBTQ people of color. 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.

Full Frame Releases Statement in Response to North Carolina’s HB2

Durham, N.C.March 31, 2016 – The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival unequivocally supports diversity in all forms. We have a decades-long track record of promoting films and fostering dialogue about many issues including racial, gender, and LGBTQ inequality, and we condemn intolerance at every opportunity. Full Frame is proud to be a part of Durham, a community that values inclusion in all forms, and that hosts North Carolina’s annual Pride Festival and the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. We are proud to be a part of The Center for Documentary Studies and Duke University, institutions that value every individual, that are committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion, and that have a long history of supporting the LGBTQ community through policies, practices and advocacy. And we are proud to be a part of the documentary community, providing a safe space for myriad perspectives in an effort to cultivate empathy. We acknowledge concerns by those already affected by this harmful legislation, and we continue to welcome and support all who wish to engage in dialogue brought about by documentary films in a safe atmosphere. We look forward to next week’s celebration of 19 years of discourse, artistic expression, and acceptance of our differences as an asset rather than a liability. We hope you join us.


Full Frame to Honor Durham Educator and Festival Advisor Alan Teasley with 2016 Advocate Award

Durham, N.C.March 22, 2016 – The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced that its 2016 Advocate Award will be presented to Durham native Alan B. Teasley, longtime supporter and advisor of the festival. Teasley serves as a Full Frame selection committee member, First Team donor, educator for Full Frame’s Teach the Teacher’s program, and a board member at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, of which Full Frame is a program. 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. Teasley will receive this honor at the festival’s Champagne Reception on Thursday, April 7.

Previous recipients of the Advocate Award are Josh Braun, co-president of Submarine Entertainment; Jim Goodmon and Michael Goodmon, President and Vice President of Capitol Broadcasting Company; Molly Thompson, President of A&E IndieFilms; and longtime Full Frame advisor Wyndham Robertson.

“No other individual impacts Full Frame in as many ways as Alan Teasley. His passion for documentary film and education is unparalleled,” said Haj. “When the free educational programming that Full Frame provides was merely an idea, Alan was the first person to not only say it was a smart thing to do, he put all of his expertise and considerable personal effort behind it. Quite simply, without Alan Teasley, Full Frame would not be the resource to our community that it is today.”

Teasley was instrumental in developing Full Frame’s free Teach the Teachers workshop which provides public school teachers with festival passes and strategies for utilizing documentary film within their curricula. He co-designed the program with festival director Deirdre Haj and led the first class of teachers in 2011. Full Frame will welcome the sixth group of Teach the Teachers educators to the 2016 festival. Teasley has volunteered as a member of Full Frame’s selection committee since 2003, and he estimates he has seen over fifteen hundred documentary films. Teasley has also served as a member of the Board of Directors at the Center for Documentary Studies since 1999.

“When I first heard that the Center for Documentary Studies was going to host a documentary film festival, I went straight to [then] director Iris Tillman Hill and said, ‘I want to be involved,’” stated Teasley. “I have attended every day of every festival. I have been thrilled to see new work from both legendary and first-time filmmakers. I have often said that Full Frame is the greatest source of ‘lifelong learning’ I have—a view shared by many of the filmgoers I talk to while in line. In addition to serving on the selection committee, I’ve gotten the most pleasure from attending the festival with the educators in the Teach the Teachers program and hearing how they plan to use particular films with their students.”

Teasley holds B.A., M.A.T., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at Duke University’s Master of Arts in Teaching program, where has has taught courses in effective teaching strategies, methods of teaching English, and world literature. He served as director of this program from 2012-2015. Teasley spent most of his professional career in the Durham Public School system, first as a high school English and drama teacher, and later as central office coordinator of secondary curriculum, professional development, and grants administrations.

Teasley has presented workshops on using media in the classroom at conferences hosted by the National Council of Teachers of English, the North Carolina English Teachers Association, and the Annenberg School for Communication, among others. He is the co-author of Reel Conversations: Reading Films with Young Adults, a book for middle and high school English teachers. His articles on using film in the classroom have appeared in English JournalThe Iowa English BulletinMedia and Methods, and Telemedium. He also co-authored the article “Reading Reel Nonfiction: Documentary Films for Young Adults,” which featured teaching ideas about several of the films he had seen at Full Frame.

“I am particularly thrilled that all this happens in my home town,” Teasley added. “As a young adult, I used to think that in order to see or do or be anything special in the film world, I’d have to move somewhere else, probably Los Angeles or New York. But now, for a few days each year, the film world comes to Durham, and I’m glad to do my part in making it so.”

The 19th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be held April 7–10, 2016, in Durham, N.C., with Duke University as the presenting sponsor. The complete schedule of films is now online. Individual tickets go on sale April 1, and can be purchased online at http://www.fullframefest.org.

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Full Frame Announces Additional Programming for 2016: Opening Night, Center Frames, Free Screenings, Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant

Durham, N.C.March 17, 2016 – The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced the Opening Night Film and additional programming for the 2016 festival: four Center Frame programs, three free screenings, and the presentation of this year’s Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant recipients.

Weiner, following disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner’s 2013 campaign for mayor of New York City, will be the festival’s Opening Night Film, screening on Thursday, April 7, at the Carolina Theatre’s Fletcher Hall. The film’s directors, Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg, will be in attendance for an extended conversation after the screening.

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, will screen as the free Closing Night Film on Sunday, April 10, at the Carolina Theatre’s Fletcher Hall.

Four films previously announced in the Invited Program will exhibit as Center Frame screenings in Fletcher Hall of the Carolina Theatre: Unlocking the Cage by Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker, Two Trains Runnin’ by Sam Pollard, Raising Bertie by Margaret Byrne, and Presenting Princess Shaw by Ido Haar.

Filmmakers and subjects from the films will participate in extended conversations after the Center Frame screenings. Special guests include Steven Wise from Unlocking the Cage; David Dennis, co-director of Mississippi Freedom Summer, from Two Trains Runnin’; Reginald Askew, Davonte Harrell, David Perry, and Vivian Saunders from Raising Bertie; and Samantha Montgomery from Presenting Princess Shaw.

Full Frame 2016 will feature two free outdoor screenings in addition to the Closing Night Film, continuing its tradition of showing free films Friday and Saturday nights. (Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies and Iris will screen outdoors at Durham Central Park. Food truck roundups will precede the showings. These free screenings and the Closing Night Film are presented by PNC.

The 2016 Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant, now in its tenth year, has been awarded to Jonathan Olshefski for Quest: The Fury and the Sound and to Matt Yoka for Whirlybird. Grant organizers will join the filmmakers in presenting short excerpts from their works-in-progress prior to a screening of The Peacemaker by 2014 grant recipient James Demo. 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.

Opening Night Film at Carolina Theatre’s Fletcher Hall

OPENING NIGHT FILM – Thursday, April 7, at 7:40pm
Weiner       Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg
With unparalleled access to the candidate, Weiner follows disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner’s 2013 campaign for mayor of New York City and intensely navigates new political scandal as it unfolds.

Center Frame Screenings at Carolina Theatre’s Fletcher Hall

CENTER FRAME – Friday, April 8, at 1:30pm
Unlocking the Cage       
Directors: Chris Hegedus, DA Pennebaker
Having devoted his career to fighting for greater legal rights for nonhuman animals, attorney Steven Wise and his colleagues at the Nonhuman Rights Project launch a history-making lawsuit arguing for captive chimpanzees’ right to personhood.

CENTER FRAME – Friday, April 8, at 8:00pm
Two Trains Runnin’       
Director: Sam Pollard
Featuring artful animation and performances by Gary Clark Jr. and Lucinda Williams, this story of the search for two forgotten blues singers takes us to Mississippi during the height of the civil rights movement.  World Premiere

CENTER FRAME – Saturday, April 9, at 4:30pm
Raising Bertie       
Director: Margaret Byrne
In this intimate portrait of coming of age, three young men in rural Bertie County, North Carolina, persevere against poverty, discrimination, and unemployment.  World Premiere

CENTER FRAME – Saturday, April 9, at 8:00 pm
Presenting Princess Shaw       
Director: Ido Haar
Video blogger and aspiring singer Samantha Montgomery is unaware she has a follower and fan in the form of an enigmatic Israeli composer, whose unforgettable YouTube mashups might just help Samantha achieve her dreams.

Free Screenings Presented by PNC

FREE CLOSING NIGHT FILM
Sunday, April 10, at 8:00pm – Carolina Theatre’s Fletcher Hall (Ticket Required)
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You       Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
The legendary, influential king of 1970s sitcoms reflects on his life, his work, and the profound shift in national consciousness fomented by his groundbreaking television shows.

FREE OUTDOOR SCREENING
Friday, April 8, at 8:30pm – Durham Central Park
(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.

FREE OUTDOOR SCREENING
Saturday, April 9, at 8:30pm – Durham Central Park
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.

Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant

Saturday, April 9, at 4:20pm – Cinema 3
Quest: The Fury and the Sound       
Jonathan Olshefski
A longitudinal portrait of an African American family who, despite being victimized by gun violence, continue to embrace their community.

Whirlybird       Matt Yoka
Bob Tur revolutionized the news industry from the Los Angeles sky and defined our recorded memory of the city.

NEW DOCS, Invited, Tribute, and Thematic Program lineups were previously announced. The complete schedule of films is now available online. Individual tickets go on sale April 1, and can be purchased online at http://www.fullframefest.org.

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Full Frame Announces Lineup for 2016 Thematic Program “Perfect and Otherwise: Documenting American Politics” Curated by Filmmaker R.J. Cutler

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Durham, N.C. – March 16, 2016 – The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced its list of Full Frame Thematic Program films.

The Thematic Program “Perfect and Otherwise: Documenting American Politics,” curated by Emmy Award winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler (The War Room, A Perfect Candidate, The World According to Dick Cheney) will focus on the inherent drama of the American electoral system. The lineup features 13 selections, two shorts and 11 features, that span more than 50 years of filmmaking.

“I have admired R.J.’s talent and intelligence as a filmmaker for many years,” states Festival Director Deirdre Haj. “We at Full Frame have been waiting for the enormous stage of a presidential election to call upon his expertise to curate such a slate of films. We cannot wait to rediscover these movies screened against the backdrop of one of the most interesting election years in recent memory.”

“The Thematic Program has always been one of my favorite parts of the Full Frame experience, so I’m both excited and honored to be curating it this year,” said Cutler. “Especially in an election year where all the rules seem to have gone out the window, it’s fascinating to watch these films and see how the more things change in American politics, the more they also remain the same. Together these films represent not only a fascinating perspective on the electoral process, but a thrilling history of the last fifty years of documentary filmmaking.”

R.J. Cutler is an American filmmaker and television producer. Most recently Cutler produced the Showtime documentary feature Listen to Me Marlon (directed by Stevan Riley and nominated for a BAFTA for Best Documentary) and directed the narrative feature If I Stay (starring Chloe Grace Moretz). Cutler’s other work includes the documentary films The War Room, A Perfect Candidate, Thin, The September Issue, and The World According to Dick Cheney; the documentary television series American High, Freshman Diaries, The Residents, and 30 Days; and the primetime drama series Nashville. Cutler began his career as a theater director, directing such world premieres as Kevin Heelan’s Right Behind the Flag (starring Kevin Spacey), Jonathan Larson’s Superbia, and Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman’s The Secret Garden. Cutler’s first film, The War Room, was nominated for an Academy Award, and he is the recipient of numerous awards including an Emmy, a Peabody Award, a GLAAD Award, two Cinema Eye Awards, and two Television Academy Honor Awards. In 2009, the Museum of Television and Radio held a four-day retrospective of his work.

Other filmmakers who have curated the Full Frame Thematic Program include Oscar nominees Amir Bar Lev, Lucy Walker, Julia Reichert, and Steven Bognar. Specific screening times and venues will be announced with the release of the full schedule on March 17.

FULL FRAME THEMATIC PROGRAM
PERFECT AND OTHERWISE: DOCUMENTING AMERICAN POLITICS

R.J. Cutler presents a series of films focusing on the inherent drama of the American electoral system.

America Is Hard to See       Emile de Antonio
An examination of Senator Eugene McCarthy’s dramatic and unsuccessful 1969 presidential campaign, constructed from interviews with the candidate and thousands of feet of newsreel.

Campaign Manager       Richard Leacock, Noel E. Parmentel Jr.
This brief portrait follows 28-year-old campaign manager John Grenier as he maps out strategies for Barry Goldwater’s 1964 presidential run and engineers a takeover of the Republican convention.

Caucus       AJ Schnack
In 2012, eight unorthodox GOP candidates navigate the Iowa caucuses—an endless series of public events and uncomfortable questions—in hopes of securing their party’s nomination and running against Barack Obama.

Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed       Shola Lynch
A powerful look at Shirley Chisholm’s pioneering, grassroots campaign for president: The first African American woman to run for the office is considered through the recollections of many, including the candidate herself.

Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment       Robert Drew
This in-depth look at the University of Alabama’s integration crisis chronicles key decisions from multiple perspectives, including those of Governor George Wallace and President John F. Kennedy.

Jingle Bells       DA Pennebaker
This short film trails New York Senate hopeful Robert Kennedy as he makes a public appearance at a New York City children’s school at Christmas time.

Medium Cool       Haskell Wexler
This daring narrative, set against the backdrop of the riots surrounding the 1968 Democratic National Convention, unpacks the moral obligations of bearing witness through the story of a news cameraman and his relationship with a single mother.

Our Brand Is Crisis       Rachel Boynton
American political strategists from the firm Greenberg Carville Shrum travel south to advise on marketing tactics for Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada’s campaign for president of Bolivia.

A Perfect Candidate       R.J. Cutler, David Van Taylor
Campaign strategists, and an acutely aware journalist, take center stage in this document of the volatile 1994 Virginia senatorial race between Oliver North and Charles Robb.

Primary       Robert Drew
This groundbreaking film captures the 1960 Wisconsin primary as John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey go head-to-head in a battle for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

Taking On the Kennedys       Joshua Seftel
In his first race for public office, Rhode Island doctor Kevin Vigilante finds himself running a congressional campaign against Ted Kennedy’s youngest son.

The War Room       Chris Hegedus, DA Pennebaker
This utterly captivating classic follows James Carville and George Stephanopoulos as they plot, react, and attack to ensure Arkansas governor Bill Clinton is elected president.

With God On Our Side: Prophets and Advisors       David Van Taylor
This episode of the comprehensive six-hour series With God On Our Side explores the rise of Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority and its influence during Ronald Reagan’s presidency.

Click here to read the complete conversation between R.J. Cutler and Director of Programming Sadie Tillery.

The 19th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be held April 7-10, 2016, in Durham, N.C., with Duke University as the presenting sponsor. The complete schedule of films will be announced on March 17. Individual tickets go on sale April 1, and can be purchased online at http://www.fullframefest.org.

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Full Frame Announces Lineup for Kirsten Johnson Tribute

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Durham, N.C.March 16, 2016 – The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced its list of Full Frame Tribute Program films.

The festival is proud to present the 2016 Full Frame Tribute to cinematographer and director Kirsten Johnson. Full Frame will screen Cameraperson and a selection of Johnson’s films over the course of the four-day event. The lineup also includes a presentation in which Johnson will discuss her work through clips and conversation.

“I am enormously proud to celebrate Kirsten Johnson this year. Her undeniable talent is evident in so many exceptional films of the past few decades, and this Tribute allows us to highlight her incredible body of work,” said Sadie Tillery, Full Frame’s Director of Programming. “Recognizing Kirsten’s impact as a cinematographer also allows us to acknowledge and discuss documentary as a collaborative art form and celebrate the essential role of the artist behind the lens.”

“What a magnificent and juicy thrill to be seen by Full Frame in this way!” said Johnson. “Cameraperson is about trying to find ways to acknowledge how much is going on beyond the edges of the frame in documentary camerawork. Just the name Full Frame says it! It is a very full frame, indeed. Full Frame has always been a part of this collective tradition of searching to understand what happens to us when we are filmed, when we hold cameras, and when we share the pleasure of seeing anew. I can’t wait to share this experience of watching these films again with such an extraordinary group of people in a place where everyone cares so deeply about the past, present, and future of documentary work.”

Kirsten Johnson has worked as an independent documentary cinematographer and director since 1989. She is the principal cinematographer on over 40 feature-length documentaries and has been credited on countless others as “Additional Camera.” Johnson recently directed her third feature-length documentary, Cameraperson, which premiered at Sundance 2016. She also directed The Above, which premiered at the 2015 New York Film Festival as part of The Intercept’s Field of Vision launch, spearheaded by Laura Poitras. Johnson’s collaboration with Poitras is longstanding: Johnson is credited as cinematographer on Poitras’s Oscar®-winning Citizenfour and on Asylum, Poitras’s series about Julien Assange; she shared the 2012 Sundance Cinematography Award with Poitras for The Oath; and she shot footage that appears in Poitras’s spring 2016 solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Johnson is also a longtime collaborator with Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick, shooting Outrage, This Film is Not Yet Rated, Derrida, and the Oscar®-nominated The Invisible War. Johnson’s 2004 film Deadline, co-directed with Katy Chevigny, premiered at Sundance, was broadcast on primetime NBC, and won the Thurgood Marshall Award. Her first documentary feature, Innocent Until Proven Guilty, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and was broadcast on HBO. Her cinematography is featured in Fahrenheit 9/11, Sandy McLeod’s Oscar®-nominated short documentary Asylum, Emmy® winners Ladies First and We Came to Testify, Tribeca winner Pray the Devil Back to Hell, and many Sundance premiere documentaries, including A Place at the Table and American Standoff.

Specific screening times and venues will be announced with the release of the full schedule on March 17.    

FULL FRAME TRIBUTE

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

The Above       Kirsten Johnson
A U.S. military surveillance blimp floats above Kabul, Afghanistan; a camera films the blimp and the people beneath it. This short calls into question what it means to see and be seen.

Cameraperson       Kirsten Johnson
Documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson assembles footage shot over the course of her career in a poetic memoir that explores the ethics of filmmaking and the joys of human connection.

Deadline       Katy Chevigny, Kirsten Johnson
With 60 days left in office, Illinois governor George Ryan decides to commute the sentences of 167 death row inmates. What changed this conservative Republican’s views on capital punishment?

Derrida       Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering
This portrait of the iconoclastic French philosopher Jacques Derrida applies his theories of deconstruction to the film itself, questioning the very notion of biography.

Here One Day       Kathy Leichter
Almost two decades after her mother’s suicide, filmmaker Kathy Leichter delves into a trove of audiotapes recorded by her mother and uncovers candid documentation of her struggles with mental illness.

The Oath       Laura Poitras
The stories of brothers-in-law Abu Jandal and Salim Ahmed Hamdan—Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard and driver, respectively—converge and diverge in ways that shed light on Al Qaeda’s activities and America’s foreign policy.

To See and Be Seen
Through clips and conversation, Kirsten Johnson discusses her role as a documentary cinematographer and details the many creative iterations that ultimately led to Cameraperson and The Above.

Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists       Leah Wolchok
In this delightful introduction to legends and aspirants of the cartoon world, New Yorker editor Bob Mankoff reveals how single-panel drawings find their way to the printed page.

The 19th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be held April 7-10, 2016, in Durham, N.C., with Duke University as the presenting sponsor. The complete schedule of films will be announced on March 17. Individual tickets go on sale April 1, and can be purchased online at http://www.fullframefest.org.

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Full Frame Announces Invited Program and NEW DOCS Lineup for 19th Annual Documentary Film Festival

Durham, N.C.March 10, 2016 – 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 17.

“I am overwhelmed by the incredible films set to screen at Full Frame this year,” said director of programming Sadie Tillery. “We strive for a lineup that embraces diverse approaches to documentary filmmaking and makes space for both established filmmakers and new voices. We’re thrilled to share this wide range of forms and subjects with audiences in April.”

One of the nation’s premier documentary film festivals, Full Frame celebrates its 19th 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 50 titles, 32 features and 18 shorts, from across the United States and around the world, selected from over 1,800 submissions. “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 10.

The “Invited Program” features 21 films screening out of competition. 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

100 Years Show       Alison Klayman
Carmen Herrera and her geometric, primary-colored paintings are portrayed with cinematic vigor, echoing the energy of the 99-year-old artist herself.  (Short)

The Art of Flying       Jan van Ijken
Thousands of starlings flock together in gyroscopic unison in this wordless depiction of one of nature’s most curious gestures.  (Short)

At Home in the World (Et hjem i verden)       Andreas Koefoed
At a Red Cross school in Denmark, a dedicated teacher helps refugee children withstand the hardships of adapting to a new country, as they fight to overcome their traumatic pasts.  North American Premiere

Audrie & Daisy       Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk
By weaving together the stories of two teenage girls, this film examines the devastating intersections of sexual assault and social media.

The Bad Kids       Keith Fulton, Lou Pepe
At a Mojave Desert high school, intrepid educators work to connect with at-risk students. Can their commitment help break the shattering effects of poverty and abuse?

The Ballad of Fred Hersch       Charlotte Lagarde, Carrie Lozano
This understated portrait of one of today’s greatest jazz pianists illuminates the creative process of a musical genius and the challenges of life as an AIDS survivor.  World Premiere

Battles       Isabelle Tollenaere
An essay in four chapters, this mysterious exploration of the footprints of war reveals European landscapes in which military past and peaceful present converge.  US Premiere

The Black Belt       Margaret Brown
In 2015, Alabama closed 31 DMVs, wiping out access to identification cards in Alabama’s Black Belt. This short follows a mobile unit traveling county to county to help register voters.  (Short)

Call Me Marianna (Mów mi Marianna)       Karolina Bielawska
As she embarks on a quest to become herself, Polish transgender woman Marianna must summon inner strength and make immeasurable sacrifices.

City of Trees       Brandon Kramer
At the height of the recession, a stimulus-funded “green jobs” training program in Washington, D.C., throws racial tensions and the messiness of nonprofit work into sharp focus.

Clínica de Migrantes: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness       Maxim Pozdorovkin
This moving examination of immigration and health care focuses on the work of Puentes de Salud, a volunteer-run clinic that provides medical services to the uninsured Latino community of South Philadelphia.  World Premiere(Short)

Dancing for You (Dans for livet)       Erlend E. Mo
Inspired by her granddad’s valiant struggle with cancer, 12-year-old Vilde wants to be the first female champion of Halling, a Norwegian folk dance traditionally reserved for men.  (Short)

Dixie Land       Roman Bondarchuk
Under the mentorship of a beloved octogenarian teacher, four members of a Ukrainian youth brass band learn American tunes—and dream big dreams—in a post-Soviet landscape.  World Premiere

Figure (Figura)       Katarzyna Gondek
This dreamlike meditation follows the creation of a massive sculpture from fabrication to transportation, documenting its journey to the snowy hill where it will remain.  (Short)

Following Seas       Tyler J. Kelley, Araby Williams
A sailing family makes 20 ocean voyages over two decades. This vivid firsthand account of years on the open seas brings their adventures to life through their own 16mm footage.  World Premiere

Forever, Chinatown       James Q. Chan
Artist Frank Wong’s exquisitely detailed dioramas of the Chinatown of his childhood serve as portals to the past in a rapidly changing San Francisco.  World Premiere(Short)

Gleason       Clay Tweel
Within weeks of being diagnosed with ALS, former NFL defensive back Steve Gleason finds out that he and his wife are expecting their first child. Gleason follows his decision to live, for his family and for others fighting the disease.

God Knows Where I Am       Todd Wider, Jedd Wider
This absorbing feature laces together varied perspectives and moves through time to unravel the mystery surrounding a woman found dead in a vacant New Hampshire farmhouse.

Golden Age (Kulta-aika)       Maija Blåfield
A self-proclaimed “documentation of remembering and forgetting,” this enigmatic short recollects and reimagines over 116 hours of footage the filmmaker shot over several decades.  (Short)

The Ground We Won       Christopher Pryor
In the tiny farming town of Reporoa, New Zealand, a community rugby squad vows to come back from a losing season and go undefeated.

Heavy Fog Tonight       Nathan Reich
The chief engineer of a steam-driven power plant creates installations that whistle and mist. As this unconventional artist grapples with retirement, a celebratory show takes place.  (Short)

Hooligan Sparrow       Nanfu Wang
Nanfu Wang documents Chinese activist Ye Haiyan (aka Sparrow) as she protests against a school principal’s sexual abuse of young girls, leading both Wang and Sparrow to become targets of government intimidation.

Horizons (Horizontes)       Eileen Hofer
Three Cuban ballerinas, each from a different generation, take center stage in this mesmerizing celebration of dance and discipline.

A House Without Snakes       Daniel Koehler
In Botswana, two young men must wrestle with the choice between honoring ancestral traditions or following modern possibilities.  World Premiere(Short)

I, Destini       Nicholas Pilarski, Destini Riley
This animated short takes us inside the experiences of a young woman as she confronts the wrenching impact incarceration has had on her family.  World Premiere(Short)

In Pursuit of Silence       Patrick Shen
Challenging Western society’s most basic preconceptions about the nature of silence, this film conjures up innovative ways to help us hear what we’ve been missing.

Kedi       Ceyda Torun
Strutting amid the many glittering wonders of Istanbul are countless feline wanderers. Here, we glimpse the private lives of these independent creatures, as well as the humans who’ve become attached to them.

Kiki       Sara Jordenö
This entrance into the world of voguing contrasts the energy and pulse of ball culture with the intimate and emotional stories of a group of young LGBTQ people of color.

Kivalina       Gina Abatemarco
As rising sea levels and coastal erosion encroach upon their Arctic community, the Iñupiat Eskimos of a tiny Alaskan island fight to hold on to their homeland and their culture.  North American Premiere

La Laguna       Aaron Schock
Amidst the rainforests of southern Mexico, a Mayan boy faces the impending loss of the freedom of his childhood as family pressures and economic realities close in.  World Premiere  (Short)

Life, Animated       Roger Ross Williams
The family of a young autistic boy, who couldn’t speak for years, discovered a way to communicate with him through his treasured Disney films. Together, they transform the lines of animated characters into a language of love.

The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano       Joshua Seftel
As photographer Phil Toledano obsesses over his mortality, he stages elaborate shoots to enact the myriad dark ways he might age, deteriorate, and die.  (Short)

Motley’s Law       Nicole N. Horanyi
Kimberley Motley is a former beauty queen, mother of three—and the only foreign, only female lawyer licensed to litigate in Afghan courts.

Mr. Gaga       Tomer Heymann
Revealing rehearsals and passionate performances bring to light the genius and complexities of Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, an artist who has helped revolutionize contemporary dance.

The Mute’s House (Beit Ha’Ilemet)       Tamar Kay
An intimate look into the lives of energetic eight-year-old Yousef and his deaf mother, Sahar, the last Palestinian residents of a deserted apartment building in the Israeli-controlled district of Hebron.  North American Premiere  (Short)

Newtown       Kim A. Snyder
The bereaved community of Newtown, Connecticut, still reeling from the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, opens up about the aftermath of an unthinkable tragedy.

NUTS!       Penny Lane
This wildly fantastic story of Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, whose goat testicle impotence cure and million-watt radio station brought him fame and fortune, spins together animation, archival footage, and an unreliable narrator.

Off the Rails       Adam Irving
Asperger’s syndrome and an obsession with New York City transit compel Darius McCollum to commandeer hundreds of trains and buses, landing him in jail 32 times.  World Premiere

Out Run       S. Leo Chiang, Johnny Symons
Follow transgender pioneer Bemz Benedito and Ladlad, the only LGBT political party in the world, on the campaign trail as they seek Congressional seats in the Philippines.  World Premiere

The Peacemaker       James Demo
Padraig O’Malley has dedicated his life to negotiating agreements between leaders of war-torn regions across the world. The Peacemaker follows him through years of this important work, revealing its deep ties to his personal life.  World Premiere

Pickle       Amy Nicholson
At once hilarious and heartfelt, Pickle chronicles a series of pets with bizarre afflictions through the recollections of a couple who loved them regardless.  (Short)

Salero       Mike Plunkett
The discovery of vast lithium reserves beneath Bolivia’s dazzling Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat, threatens to challenge salt-gatherer Moises’s traditional way of life.  North American Premiere

Sonita       Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
As her family attempts to sell her as a bride, a determined Afghani refugee living in Iran fights to keep her dream of becoming a rap star alive.

Speaking Is Difficult       AJ Schnack
This staggering indictment of gun violence in America contrasts serene present-day footage of sites of mass shootings with recordings of 911 calls.  (Short)

Starless Dreams (Royahaye Dame Sobh)       Mehrdad Oskouei
With rawness and candor, young women in an Iranian juvenile detention center reflect on the crimes they have committed and the harsh circumstances that have shaped them.

Tarikat       Jasmijn Schrofer
This visual poem, a hypnotic invocation of Islamic Sufi spiritual traditions, invites the viewer into the trancelike rhythms and movements of a quest for enlightenment.  North American Premiere  (Short)

Territory       Eleanor Mortimer
In Gibraltar, tensions flare when unruly monkeys intrude upon the domesticated lifestyle that humans have built up around them.  (Short)

Topophilia       Peter Bo Rappmund
Nature and industry clash and converge in this time-lapse experiment that follows the path of the 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline System.

Trapped       Dawn Porter
When Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws restrict access to abortion in southern states, a group of passionate clinic workers and lawyers wage a fight to preserve a woman’s right to choose.

When We Talk About KGB       Virginija Vareikyte, Maxi Dejoie
Seven stories of former dissidents and KGB operatives in Vilnius, Lithuania, underscore the feelings of guilt, triumph, and loss that linger in a society once caught between ideology and regime.  US Premiere

INVITED PROGRAM

All These Sleepless Nights       Michal Marczak
Over the course of a summer of endless parties and shimmering sensations, two Polish university students revel in and reel from the boundless possibilities of youth.

Author: The JT LeRoy Story       Jeff Feuerzeig
The twisting, riveting tale of a gender-fluid author with a troubled past, who went on to become a literary sensation.

Behemoth       Zhao Liang
Dante’s Inferno meets industrialization in a breathtakingly cinematic allegory that explores the environmental ravages and human costs of coal mining in Inner Mongolia.

By Sidney Lumet       Nancy Buirski
Weaving an interview with the renowned director together with rich selections from his oeuvre, this film highlights Lumet’s career and life through his own recollections.

Don’t Blink – Robert Frank       Laura Israel
This energetic portrait of the acclaimed photographer and filmmaker moves between past and present to capture an array of Frank’s extraordinary images and bear witness to his creative process.

The Fear of 13       David Sington
Part one-man show, part confessional, this gripping film allows a convicted murderer who spent two decades on death row to tell his own story—leaving the truth open to interpretation.

The Illinois Parables       Deborah Stratman
This visionary compilation unpacks the state of Illinois in eleven chapters, spanning different histories to explore social attachments to religion, violence, and the land itself.

The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith       Sara Fishko
From 1957 to 1965, an obsessive photographer documented the jazz musicians who stopped by his Manhattan loft to play all night.

Kate Plays Christine       Robert Greene
Actress Kate Lyn Sheil relocates to Sarasota, Florida, to research her role as Christine Chubbuck, the television news reporter who committed suicide on air in 1974.

Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World       Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog’s heady, playful treatise on technology in the modern age takes us from the inception of the Internet to the future of artificial intelligence.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise       Bob Hercules, Rita Coburn Whack
Through interviews with friends and family, and a wealth of archival footage, this luminous biography traces the immense influence of the poet, performer, and activist.

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble       Morgan Neville
Traversing continents and cultures, the cellist and his international music group demonstrate the power of artistic collaboration through performances and personal stories.

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You       Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
The legendary, influential king of 1970s sitcoms reflects on his life, his work, and the profound shift in national consciousness fomented by his groundbreaking television shows.

Presenting Princess Shaw       Ido Haar
Video blogger and aspiring singer Samantha Montgomery is unaware she has a follower and fan in the form of an enigmatic Israeli composer, whose unforgettable YouTube mashups might just help Samantha achieve her dreams.

Raising Bertie       Margaret Byrne
In this longitudinal portrait of coming of age, three young men in rural Bertie County, North Carolina, persevere against poverty, discrimination, and unemployment.  World Premiere

Rebel Citizen       Pamela Yates
The late cinematographer and director Haskell Wexler looks back on his body of work to talk about key moments from his powerful films and their lasting political, and personal, impact.

Sherpa       Jennifer Peedom
In 2014, an avalanche on Mt. Everest took the lives of 16 Sherpas. With stunning visuals, this on-the-ground film reveals the complex forces leading up to the tragic accident and the tumultuous negotiations that follow.

Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru       Joe Berlinger
A riveting behind-the-scenes look at the well-known business strategist’s once-a-year seminar “Date With Destiny,” where some 2,500 attendees prepare to change their lives.

Two Trains Runnin’       Sam Pollard
Featuring artful animation and performances by Gary Clark Jr. and Lucinda Williams, this story of the search for two forgotten blues singers takes us to Mississippi during the height of the civil rights movement.  World Premiere

Unlocking the Cage       Chris Hegedus, DA Pennebaker
Having devoted his career to fighting for greater legal rights for nonhuman animals, attorney Steven Wise and his colleagues at the Nonhuman Rights Project launch a history-making lawsuit arguing for captive chimpanzees’ right to personhood.

Weiner       Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg
With unparalleled access to the candidate, Weiner follows disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner’s 2013 campaign for mayor of New York City and intensely navigates new political scandal as it unfolds.

The 19th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be held April 7-10, 2016, in Durham, N.C., with Duke University as the presenting sponsor. The complete schedule of films will be announced on March 17. Individual tickets go on sale April 1, and can be purchased online.

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Announces 2016 Tribute and Thematic Program

Kirsten Johnson to Receive Full Frame Tribute,

R.J. Cutler to Curate Thematic Program

KirstenJohnsonTributeProgram  

Durham, N.C. – February 11, 2016 – The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will honor director and documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson with the 2016 Tribute Award, presenting a retrospective of her work. This year’s Thematic Program will look at campaigns, candidates, and the electoral process in a series titled “Perfect and Otherwise: Documenting American Politics,” curated by filmmaker R.J. Cutler.

Full Frame will screen Kirsten Johnson’s new film Cameraperson and a selection of documentaries she has directed and photographed. In Cameraperson, Johnson draws on footage she’s shot over the course of 25 years, searching to reconcile her part in the thorny questions of permission, power, creative ambition, and human obligation that come with filming the lives of others.

“I am enormously proud to celebrate Kirsten Johnson this year. Her undeniable talent is evident in so many exceptional films of the past few decades, and this Tribute allows us to highlight her incredible body of work,” said Sadie Tillery, Full Frame’s Director of Programming. “Recognizing Kirsten’s impact as a cinematographer also allows us to acknowledge and discuss documentary as a collaborative art form and celebrate the essential role of the artist behind the lens.”

“What a magnificent and juicy thrill to be seen by Full Frame in this way!” said Johnson. “Cameraperson is about trying to find ways to acknowledge how much is going on beyond the edges of the frame in documentary camerawork. Just the name Full Frame says it! It is a very full frame, indeed. Full Frame has always been a part of this collective tradition of searching to understand what happens to us when we are filmed, when we hold cameras, and when we share the pleasure of seeing anew. I can’t wait to share this experience of watching these films again with such an extraordinary group of people in a place where everyone cares so deeply about the past, present, and future of documentary work.”

Kirsten Johnson has worked as an independent documentary cinematographer and director since 1989. She is the principal cinematographer on over 40 feature-­length documentaries and has been credited on countless others as “Additional Camera.” Johnson recently directed her third feature-length documentary, Cameraperson, which premiered at Sundance 2016. She also directed The Above, which premiered at the 2015 New York Film Festival as part of The Intercept’s Field of Vision launch, spearheaded by Laura Poitras. Johnson’s collaboration with Poitras is longstanding: Johnson is credited as cinematographer on Poitras’s Oscar®­-winning Citizenfour and on Asylum, Poitras’s series about Julien Assange; she shared the 2012 Sundance Cinematography Award with Poitras for The Oath; and she shot footage that appears in Poitras’s spring 2016 solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Johnson is also a long­time collaborator with Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick, shooting Outrage, This Film is Not Yet Rated, Derrida, and the Oscar®-nominated The Invisible War. Johnson’s 2004 film Deadline, co­-directed with Katy Chevigny, premiered at Sundance, was broadcast on primetime NBC, and won the Thurgood Marshall Award. Her first documentary feature, Innocent Until ProvenGuilty, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and was broadcast on HBO. Her cinematography is featured in Fahrenheit 9/11, Sandy McLeod’s Oscar®-nominated short documentary Asylum, Emmy® winners Ladies First and We Came to Testify, Tribeca winner Pray the Devil Back to Hell, and many Sundance premiere documentaries, including A Place at the Table and American Standoff.

This year’s Thematic Program, “Perfect and Otherwise: Documenting American Politics,” will focus on the inherent drama of the American electoral system. Full Frame has tapped filmmaker R.J. Cutler to curate.

“From The War Room to A Perfect Candidate to The World According to Dick Cheney, R.J. Cutler’s films have illuminated significant moments and personalities within American politics, preserving pivotal events through unforgettable images. We’re thrilled to have R.J. join us as guest curator this year,” said Tillery. “As we approach the 2016 election, it’s a particularly apt time to examine the ways documentaries have captured American campaigns and voting processes.”

“The Thematic Program has always been one of my favorite parts of the Full Frame experience, so I’m both excited and honored to be curating it this year,” said Cutler. “Especially in an election year where all the rules seem to have gone out the window, it’s fascinating to watch these films and see how the more things change in American politics, the more they also remain the same. Together these films represent not only a fascinating perspective on the electoral process, but a thrilling history of the last fifty years of documentary filmmaking.”

R.J. Cutler is an American filmmaker and television producer. Most recently Cutler produced the Showtime documentary feature Listen to Me Marlon (directed by Stevan Riley) and directed the narrative feature If I Stay (starring Chloe Grace Moretz). Cutler’s other work includes the documentary films The War RoomA Perfect CandidateThinThe September Issue, and The World According to Dick Cheney; the documentary television series American HighFreshman Diaries, The Residents, and 30 Days; and the primetime drama series Nashville. Cutler began his career as a theater director, directing such world premieres as Kevin Heelan’s Right Behind the Flag (starring Kevin Spacey), Jonathan Larson’s Superbia, and Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman’s The Secret Garden Cutler’s first film, The War Room, was nominated for an Academy Award, and he is the recipient of numerous awards including an Emmy®, a Peabody Award, a GLAAD Award, two Cinema Eye Awards, and two Television Academy Honor Awards. In 2009, the Museum of Television and Radio held a four-day retrospective of his work.

Both Johnson and Cutler 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 19th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be held April 7-10, 2016, in Durham, N.C., with Duke University as the presenting sponsor. The complete schedule of films will be announced March 17. Festival passes go on sale February 11, and can be purchased online at http://www.fullframefest.org. Individual tickets go on sale April 1.

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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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