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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 afterschool 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 December 9 at the Full Frame Theater. *Photo by Lewis…

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…

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…

Congratulations to the Documentary Feature nominees!

2018 Full Frame Opening Night Film RBG and 2018 Full Frame award winners Hale County This Morning, This Evening, Minding the Gap, and Of Fathers and Sons are nominated for Best Documentary! Catch Free Solo and Minding the Gap  as part of the Full Frame Winter Series. More

Announcing the Full Frame Winter Series!

Presented by Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. and American Tobacco Campus, the Full Frame Winter Series presents FREE documentary screenings at the Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham. Don’t miss this chance to catch up on your must-watch list in time for the Academy Awards! January 31 – Three Identical Strangers February 6 – Free Solo February 14 – Minding the Gap  Free RSVPs are recommended and can be made via Eventbrite beginning at 9 am the day before each screening.