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8 Films for Women’s History Month: Part 1

For over two decades, Full Frame has featured films that showcase the resilience, triumphs, and challenges of fearless women pushing for change – whether through art, politics, justice, or family. The below eight stories from our 2020 festival lineup put a spotlight on mothers, artists, political activists, and leaders that are sure to empower and inspire audiences. 9to5: The Story of the Movement 9to5: The Story of the Movement (Full Frame 2020) | Directors: Julia…

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…

Now accepting applications for the 2019 Teach the Teachers program

The deadline to apply is February 25.  Apply for Teach the Teachers Teach the Teachers is open to any middle or high school instructor within the Durham Public School system.  The 2019 program will take place on the following dates: March 14: Pre-festival meeting (5:30 pm) April 4 – 7: Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Week of May 6: Post-festival meeting (afternoon) Since 2011, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has run the enormously successful free…

Filmmaker RaMell Ross Visits School of Doc

On Wednesday, Full Frame hosted RaMell Ross, one of the most acclaimed documentarians of 2018. He generously mentored School of Doc students and answered questions about his journey as a filmmaker and his work, including his groundbreaking documentary and 2018 Full Frame Grand Jury winner Hale County This Morning, This Evening. It was an experience the students, staff, and instructors will not soon forget. “Visits from established filmmakers like RaMell make a career in documentary…

Full Frame Welcomes DPS Students to Annual Youth Screening

Last week, we had one of our favorite events of the year: the Annual Full Frame Youth Screening. Hundreds of Durham Public School students and teachers arrived Wednesday morning at the Carolina Theatre to view the documentary Brooklyn Castle, and participate in a post-screening Q&A with one of the film’s stars. Brooklyn Castle, directed by Katie Dellamaggiore, follows members of a chess team at I.S. 318, a junior high school in Brooklyn that has won…

Four Questions with ‘Contemporary Color’ Directors Bill Ross and Turner Ross

We are excited to bring Contemporary Color, the newest film by innovative filmmakers Bill and Turner Ross, to the Triangle! The Ross Brothers, whose films provide creative looks at different aspects of American life, have shown their acclaimed works 45365 and Western at past Full Frames. Bill and Turner answered a few questions about Contemporary Color in advance of its Road Show screenings on August 19 in Durham and August 24 in Chapel Hill. Visit our Year Round Events page for upcoming free Road Show dates around the…

Thank You Full Frame 2016 Volunteers!

The biggest standing ovation at the 2016 Awards Barbecue was for our volunteers who, as festival director Deirdre Haj stated, “work the hardest, and get thanked the least.” Full Frame would not exist without our nearly 350 hard-working and dedicated volunteers: venue workers, customer service and pass pickup assistants, social media and photography mavens, Green Team environmental warriors, and more. Today, we want to thank our volunteers by showcasing the hard work they do at our…