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March Staff Pick | Jay Myself

We’re back with our Monthly Staff Pick, where members of the Full Frame team dive into the archives and select a film to share with you each month. This month’s Staff Pick is Jay Myself (Full Frame 2019) from Programming Coordinator Katelyn Liu. Katelyn says, “Jay Myself tells the story of Jay Maisel, a prolific photographer who turned a six-story bank in New York City into his home. I remember the first time watching this…

2020 Full Frame Alums Collective, The Mole Agent, and Time Receive Oscar Nominations

This morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 2021 Academy Awards, recognizing three 2020 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival alums. Nominated in the Documentary Feature category include Alexander Nanau’s Collective, which made history as the first Romanian film to receive an Oscar nomination and is also recognized in the International Feature Film category, Maite Alberdi’s The Mole Agent, and Garrett Bradley’s Time. The ceremony announcing the winners will take place…

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…

6 Full Frame Alums Recognized At Cinema Eye Honors

Full Frame congratulates the 2020 festival alums that received awards at last night’s Cinema Eye Honors, the annual awards that recognize excellence in nonfiction and documentary filmmaking. Collective (dir. Alexander Nanau) Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Filmmaking Dick Johnson Is Dead (dir. Kirsten Johnson) Outstanding Achievement in Direction Time (dir. Garrett Bradley) Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film & Outstanding Achievement in Editing Boys State (dirs. Jesse Moss, Amanda McBaine) Audience Choice Prize Feels Good…

2020 Garrett Scott Grant Recipient Wins at Sundance

In a Texas military town, three teenage girls confront the dark corners of adolescence at the end of a fever dream summer. Congratulations to our 2020 Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant Recipient CUSP on winning the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award: Emerging Filmmaker last week at the Sundance Film Festival!

Festival Director Deirdre Haj Stepping Down in March

Deirdre Haj, director of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival since January 2010, is stepping down from her position, effective March 15, 2021. Over the past 11 years, Deirdre has led the festival to numerous achievements, including the creation of the signature festival Speakeasy conversation series, the School of Doc filmmaking course for teens, and the Teach the Teachers documentary literacy program for educators. She helped to establish the Full Frame offices and Full Frame…

Full Frame Receives $20,000 NEA Grant!

We’re excited to share that Full Frame has been approved for a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)! Grant funds will support virtual festival operating costs, screening fees, and compensation for participating filmmakers. “We are grateful for this significant support from the National Endowment for the Arts,” said Artistic Director Sadie Tillery. “The grant funding strengthens Full Frame’s efforts to serve filmmakers and highlight documentary films during this challenging moment.” Learn…

5 Black History Month Docs: Politics

Throughout the month of February, we’re sharing festival alums that showcase the legacy of African American history and culture. This week’s selection of films focus on the role of African Americans in politics.   City So Real City So Real (Full Frame 2020) | Director: Steve James Stream: Hulu This four-hour series captures the city of Chicago at a pivotal moment, as residents grapple with a divisive mayoral election alongside the trial of the policeman…

January Staff Pick | Banished

Introducing Monthly Staff Picks, where members of the Full Frame team dive into the archives and select a film to share with you each month! Kicking off the series is Communications Manager Chris Everett with his pick of Banished (dir. Marco Williams), the 2007 Full Frame Spectrum Award winner. Chris says, “When I first saw Banished in 2010, it was my first time seeing a documentary on ethnic cleansing in America. It added a perspective…

Essential Viewing | Black Frame: New Voices of Documentary

Next week’s A&E IndieFilms conversation Black Frame: New Voices of Documentary explores how three award winning Black filmmakers are moving the documentary form forward using new cinematic languages. Explore these creatives’ visionary work below and RSVP today for the conversation on January 13th at 3 PM (ET)!   Time Time (dir. Garrett Bradley) – 2020 Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award, 2020 Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award Stream: Amazon Prime Video Rendered in evocative black and white,…