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Opeyemi Olukemi Is New Center for Documentary Studies Director

The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University is pleased to announce media innovation executive Opeyemi Olukemi as its new director. Prior to accepting the CDS directorship, Olukemi initiated groundbreaking partnerships, initiatives, and projects at the intersections of technology and storytelling—as senior director of interactive programs at Tribeca Film Institute and, most recently, as vice president of innovation and executive producer of POV Spark at American Documentary | POV.   Founded in 1989 as a 501(c)(3)…

Protagonist of “A Thousand Cuts” Awarded A Nobel Peace Prize

Maria Ressa, a Filipino-American journalist, co-founder of Rappler, and the protagonist of A Thousand Cuts (Full Frame 2020) has been awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for her “efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.” Read the complete announcement from the Nobel Prize organization here. A Thousand Cuts (dir. Ramona S. Diaz) President Rodrigo Duterte’s ruthless and ongoing war on drugs has plagued the Philippines since 2016, resulting…

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,…

Full Frame Emmy Winners

“Dick Johnson is still alive,” proclaimed Kirsten Johnson, director of 2020 Full Frame alum Dick Johnson Is Dead on her Emmy for Outstanding Directing  Full Frame congratulates Johnson for her win, along with Boys State, which took home the Emmy for Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special. Find out more about the films, and how you can watch them, below:   Boys State (dirs. Jesse Moss, Amanda McBaine) Winner: Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special. Nominated: Outstanding…

“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

Last Update: September 29, 2021 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…

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…

June Staff Pick | Trash Dance

Looking for more film suggestions after an amazing #FullFrame2021? Fortunately, Angie Potiny, Full Frame’s Development Assistant, is here with the June Monthly Staff Pick. She is taking us back to 2012 and is highlighting festival alum Trash Dance. Angie says, “Trash Dance is a film I could watch over and over again, and still get chills every time. The beauty and pride shines through each performer as they practice their routines, all while working long,…

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…