6 Full Frame Alums Recognized At Cinema Eye Honors

Full Frame congratulates the 2020 festival alums that received awards at last night’s Cinema Eye Honors, the annual awards that recognize excellence in nonfiction and documentary filmmaking. Collective (dir. Alexander Nanau) Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Filmmaking Dick Johnson Is Dead (dir. Kirsten Johnson) Outstanding Achievement in Direction Time (dir. Garrett Bradley) Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film & Outstanding Achievement in Editing Boys State (dirs. Jesse Moss, Amanda McBaine) Audience Choice Prize Feels Good…

5 Black History Month Docs: Race & Justice

Throughout February, Full Frame has reached into the archives to share festival alums that highlight the history and culture of the Black experience in America. In this fourth and final installment, we present five extraordinary films that explore stories and themes of race and justice in our country.   Time Time (Full Frame 2020) | Director: Garrett Bradley 2020 Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award 2020 Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award Stream: Amazon Prime…

February Staff Pick | Giving Voice

We’re back with our Monthly Staff Pick, where we dive into the archive and select a film to share with you each month. This month’s pick is Giving Voice (Full Frame 2020) from Development Manager Leesa Moore. Leesa says, “I love this documentary because it shows how transformative the magic of words and performance can be. We long to feel connected to a greater community (both in the present or through our past), to be…

5 Black History Month Docs: Writing & Poetry

Our third installment of Full Frame’s Black History Month Docs showcases legendary writers and poets who focus on the Black experience in America through their work.   Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (Full Frame 2019) | Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders Stream: Hulu In this deft and stirring portrait, candid interviews with the legendary author, as well as colleagues and contemporaries, celebrate Morrison’s inimitable writing career and its profound impact…

5 Black History Month Docs: Music

Black music and artists take center stage in our second installment of 5 Black History Month Docs! Each week in February, we’ll be diving into the Full Frame archive to share festival alums that highlight the Black experience in America.   Amazing Grace Amazing Grace (Full Frame 2019 Closing Night Film) Stream: Hulu Resurrected footage from 1972 captures Aretha Franklin’s electrifying performance with the Southern California Community Choir for the live recording of the late…

2020 Garrett Scott Grant Recipient Wins at Sundance

In a Texas military town, three teenage girls confront the dark corners of adolescence at the end of a fever dream summer. Congratulations to our 2020 Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant Recipient CUSP on winning the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award: Emerging Filmmaker last week at the Sundance Film Festival!

Festival Director Deirdre Haj Stepping Down in March

Deirdre Haj, director of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival since January 2010, is stepping down from her position, effective March 15, 2021. Over the past 11 years, Deirdre has led the festival to numerous achievements, including the creation of the signature festival Speakeasy conversation series, the School of Doc filmmaking course for teens, and the Teach the Teachers documentary literacy program for educators. She helped to establish the Full Frame offices and Full Frame…

Full Frame Receives $20,000 NEA Grant!

We’re excited to share that Full Frame has been approved for a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)! Grant funds will support virtual festival operating costs, screening fees, and compensation for participating filmmakers. “We are grateful for this significant support from the National Endowment for the Arts,” said Artistic Director Sadie Tillery. “The grant funding strengthens Full Frame’s efforts to serve filmmakers and highlight documentary films during this challenging moment.” Learn…

5 Black History Month Docs: Politics

Throughout the month of February, we’re sharing festival alums that showcase the legacy of African American history and culture. This week’s selection of films focus on the role of African Americans in politics.   City So Real City So Real (Full Frame 2020) | Director: Steve James Stream: Hulu This four-hour series captures the city of Chicago at a pivotal moment, as residents grapple with a divisive mayoral election alongside the trial of the policeman…

January Staff Pick | Banished

Introducing Monthly Staff Picks, where members of the Full Frame team dive into the archives and select a film to share with you each month! Kicking off the series is Communications Manager Chris Everett with his pick of Banished (dir. Marco Williams), the 2007 Full Frame Spectrum Award winner. Chris says, “When I first saw Banished in 2010, it was my first time seeing a documentary on ethnic cleansing in America. It added a perspective…