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September Staff Pick | Life, Animated

This month, we look back on the touching story of Owen Suskind and his family in the film Life, Animated (Full Frame 2016). This Full Frame Audience Award-winner was picked by development manager Leesa Moore. Leesa reflects on her experience seeing the film: “Exploration into how we make sense of the world around us is probably my favorite theme in storytelling. LIFE, ANIMATED is a beautiful film filled with magical moments, wonderful feelings of nostalgia,…

“Chair-Making, Pole-Dancing, Coal-Mining, Cart-Pushing: Films On Work & Labor” | A Look Back

In early 2010, shortly after being tapped to curate a Thematic Program that examined the human relationship to work for the 13th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, prolific filmmakers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert shared: “We are excited by the possibilities of putting together a dynamic, international, surprising collection of films, with a healthy disregard for what might traditionally be called a ‘labor documentary’…  We are interested in films about labor itself, the actual…

August Staff Pick | Los Reyes

Programming Manager Katelyn Liu has chosen Los Reyes for this month’s Staff Pick. Talking about the 2019 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival alum, Katelyn says, “Through the committed portraiture of Los Reyes, it was so easy to fall in love with and cheer for the two protagonists of the film: Football and Chola. Two strays dogs living in Santiago, Chile, Football and Chola offer insight into deep friendship as they chase abandoned tennis balls together…

Watch Now: 2021 Full Frame Alums

After a successful virtual festival in June, Full Frame audiences have been asking how they can see the films from the exceptional 2021 line-up again. Fortunately, several films have been released and can be enjoyed right from the comfort of your home! We’ll be sure to keep this list updated through the year as more festival alums become available. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and sign-up for the Full Frame…

July Staff Pick | Waste Land

Waste Land (Full Frame 2010) is chosen by Associate Interim Festival Director and Marketing Director Emily Foster as this month’s Staff Pick!  Emily says:  “A compelling examination of self expression, Waste Land is unafraid to question the ethics and power dynamics between artists and their subjects head on. Beautifully crafted, the film still deeply resonates with me more than a decade after first viewing. I find myself asking similar questions as a professional working in…

Full Frame Alums Nominated for Primetime Emmys (and how you can watch them today!)

Announced yesterday, three 2020 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival alums have each been nominated for multiple Primetime Emmy Awards. Learn more about the nominated films below! Boys State (dirs. Jesse Moss, Amanda McBaine) Nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program and Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special. This film dramatically captures the political motivations and strategic calculations of a group of young men who, among a thousand other Texas high school students, take part in…

Congratulations to the 2021 Award Winners!

Join us in celebrating the 2021 Award Winners! Seven awards for a combined value of $47,500 in cash prizes are announced for the 24th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Full Frame is a qualifying event for nominations for the Academy Award® Documentary Short Subject category and the Producers Guild of America Awards. “We are proud to celebrate the 2021 award-winning films,” said Sadie Tillery, Full Frame Interim Festival Director and Artistic Director. “We are…

2021 Advocate Award | Eric Johnson

Keeping a film festival running smoothly while sustaining mission and groundedness are tall orders, impossible to achieve without many friends. Which is why Full Frame’s connections to the regional filmmaking community have always been vital to the festival, and we depend on close counselors to maintain these creative relationships. Enter Eric Johnson, a talented sound and post-production professional who believes deeply in our field and in Full Frame. I have known Eric for many years,…

5 Films for National Poetry Month

Join us in celebrating National Poetry Month with these five extraordinary Full Frame alums that highlight poets and their craft. Scared of Revolution Scared of Revolution (Full Frame 2019) | Director: Daniel Krikke Stream: Amazon Prime This raw examination of The Last Poets member Umar Bin Hassan explores both the triumphs and demons of this visionary artist.   Still Tomorrow Still Tomorrow (Full Frame 2017) | Director: Jian Fan Stream: Amazon Prime In rural China,…

Films for Women’s History Month: Part 2

Bold and unforgettable describe the incredible women highlighted in this list of films, whose life stories continue to inspire and invigorate the next generation of creatives, activists, and leaders. Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (Full Frame 2019) | dir. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders Stream: Hulu She was born as Chloe Wofford in Lorain, Ohio, in 1931; 62 years later, Toni Morrison was in Stockholm, Sweden, receiving the Nobel Prize in…