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Cinema Eye Announces 2020 Nonfiction Film Nominees

Cinema Eye, which recognizes outstanding artistry and craft in nonfiction filmmaking, announced on November 7 its full slate of nominees for their 2020 Honors. 2019 Full Frame Alums that are nominees: American Factory, Midnight Family, One Child Nation, The Infiltrators, Ask Dr. Ruth, Knock Down the House, Mike Wallace is Here, The Raft, Always in Season, Crannog The 2020 Cinema Eye Honors Awards Ceremony will take place Monday, January 6 at the Museum of the…

Critics’ Choice Documentary Award Winners Revealed

The winners of the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards were unveiled on November 10. Our 2019 Opening Night Film American Factory won Best Political Documentary and 2019 Alum Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am won Best Biographical Documentary. Also, our 2019 Tribute recipients, Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, tied for Best Directors for American Factory. Check out the full list of winners of the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards.

RaMell Ross in Conversation with Sadie Tillery at Museum of the Moving Image

This Friday through Sunday (November 8 – 10), the Museum of the Moving Image will showcase Full Frame’s 2019 Thematic Program, “Some Other Lives of Time.” The series, curated by acclaimed filmmaker RaMell Ross, explores the subjective spaces and lenses of nonfiction filmmaking with a selection of six indelible programs. On Friday, November 8 at 7:00 pm, there will be a free conversation around “Some Other Lives of Time” with RaMell Ross and Sadie Tillery, Artistic Director at Full Frame…

Award-Winning Documentary Film Kifaru to Screen for Free in Shelby, NC

As part of its Common Ground series, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will partner with the Cleveland County Arts Council and Gardner-Webb University Life of the Scholar Program to present the award-winning documentary Kifaru. The film follows a dedicated team of rangers in Kenya who are watching over Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino. Rampant poaching has decimated his subspecies, yet hope remains thanks to his incredible caregivers who are set on…

2019 School of Doc After-School Program

Our second year of the School of Doc after-school program began September 10. This three-year pilot program launched last year with generous support from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation. Six participants from our 2019 summer School of Doc returned and meet twice a week to produce short films with their filmmaking instructors. Save the date for the premiere of their hard work at a free screening Monday, December 9 at 6:30 pm at the Full…

2019 School of Doc Students Present World Premiere

On July 23, Full Frame’s 2019 School of Doc students presented the world premiere of their film RIOT NOT QUIET: GIRLS ROCK NC plus two other films to a full house at the Full Frame Theater. Check out the films below, and be sure to catch their free screening at Full Frame 2020! CHALLENGES WITHIN US WHO I AM | RADHA VARADAN RIOT NOT QUIET | GIRLS ROCK NC 

Festival Photos on Smugmug

Festival photos will be uploaded throughout the weekend on Full Frame’s Smugmug channel! Check them out!

Full Frame Honors Dr. Benjamin D. Reese Jr. of Duke University with 2019 Advocate Award

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is proud to announce that it will honor longtime festival supporter Dr. Benjamin D. Reese Jr. with its 2019 Advocate Award. The prestigious Advocate Award is given annually in recognition of individuals who exemplify the heart, soul, and spirit of Full Frame through their leadership and support of the festival and the documentary community. The award will be presented to Dr. Reese by Full Frame Director Deirdre Haj during…

Full Frame to Honor Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert as 2019 Tribute Recipients

As part of the Tribute, Full Frame will screen Bognar and Reichert’s latest film, American Factory 美国工厂, winner of the U.S. Documentary Directing Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. With astonishing access, the film takes us inside a Chinese factory, opened in 2014 in a shuttered General Motors plant in Dayton, Ohio, to observe what happens when the profoundly different cultures of the workers collide. American Factory is a Participant Media production. Bognar and Reichert have screened many of their…

Full Frame Receives $30,000 from NEA

National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $30,000 to the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, a program of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,605 Art Works applications for…