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September 2020

2020 School of Doc Showcase

September 9, 2020, 7:00 pm9:00 pm

2020 SCHOOL OF DOC SHOWCASE Wednesday, September 9 | 7 PM (EST) | FREE | Register Today! Join us as we celebrate the hard work and creativity of the 2020 School of Doc cohort! Presenting their films publicly for the first time, these talented young filmmakers will discuss how they each created a short film on their own during Full Frame's first virtual School of Doc session. Register today to find out details on how to watch the films and…

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October 2020

Teach the Teachers | You Are What You Watch: Fostering Empathy in Students through Documentary

October 21, 2020, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

In this session, the facilitator and participants will delve deeper into the ways in which documentary can be used as a tool to foster student empathy. The facilitator and supporting educators will share their experiences in using documentary – with its predominant focus on individuals and specific historical moments rather than themes or broad strokes – to offer students a different perspective than they might find in textbooks, novels, internet resources, or other resources. Participating teachers will then have a…

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November 2020


November 17, 2020, 2:00 pm3:30 pm

Help us welcome Duke's new Vice Provost for the Arts as Full Frame presents an encore virtual presentation of the 2011 Jury Award Winner for Best Short, ONE NIGHT IN KERNERSVILLE (dir. Rodrigo Dorfman).  Immediately following the 20 minute screening, John Brown will join Full Frame director Deirdre Haj in a conversation. The event is free and open to all. Register to attend today! Very much in the moment, this character study of jazz bassist John Brown reveals his inner…

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December 2020

A&E IndieFilms Speakeasy | Gatekeeper Accountability: Film Festivals

December 10, 2020, 3:00 pm4:30 pm

Thursday, Dec. 3 | 3 PM (EST) | FREE | Register today! What are the implications and special challenges that festivals face when trying to vet films that might spark controversy in terms of authorship and consent? Join us in collaboration with Working Films for a discussion about the role that film festivals can play in increasing ethics and accountability in the documentary field. Working Films’ StoryShift Strategist Natalie Bullock Brown will moderate this discussion with representatives from the documentary filmmaking and…

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January 2021

A&E IndieFilms Speakeasy | Black Frame: New Voices of Documentary

January 13, 2021, 3:00 pm4:30 pm

  Join us for a conversation with contemporary Black filmmakers on how they are moving the documentary form forward using new approaches, cinematic languages, and theory in their recent work. In partnership with the Department of African & African American Studies at Duke University, this conversation is a part of Black Frame, a series of discussions, curriculum, and presentations with a focus solely on Black documentary filmmakers and their work. Register today! Moderator: Mark Anthony Neal, Ph.D., James B. Duke Professor of…

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Teach the Teachers | Between Truth & Reality: Promoting Media Literacy in the Documentary Age

January 27, 2021, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Now more than ever, it’s vital that students be able to parse fiction from reality, whether it be what they see on the news, social media and on streaming networks. However, many students struggle to do so, even as teachers incorporate specific media literacy components into their curriculum. Part of that is because real media literacy is being able to delineate simple fact from fiction, but also the harder challenge of separating truth from reality. In this session, the facilitator…

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March 2021

Teach the Teachers | As Good As New: Using Documentary to Freshen Up Stale Concepts

March 17, 2021, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

We are in the golden age of documentary. Many students have seen them, on YouTube, Netflix, and other streaming services, often without even having the medium categorized and defined for them as such. As school-aged children consume more and more streaming content, transferring documentary content to the classroom setting is a natural transition. Even more natural, in many cases, than a textbook, research article, or news report. In addition to the video format being more accessible, documentary – with its…

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May 2021

Teach the Teachers | Film Trip: How Documentaries Build Bridges to a Larger World

May 12, 2021, 3:00 pmMay 19, 2021, 5:00 pm

In these times of tightened school budgets, it’s very difficult to plan and execute a field trip for students. And while documentaries will never be a replacement for the authentic experience of a field trip, they can, like the best films, transport students to a place and time far away from the modern classroom. Not only that, but documentaries, with their frequent focus on personal stories, and often stories of people of color or everyday folks who may be left…

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June 2021

24th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

June 2, 2021June 6, 2021

Join us for the 24th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, taking place June 2–6, 2021. The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an internationally recognized, Academy Award® qualifying event that proudly presents the best of nonfiction films on the festival circuit each year. Based in Durham, North Carolina, the annual festival gathers thousands of enthusiastic fans from around the globe to celebrate the documentary art form, engage in meaningful conversation, and experience the impact exceptional nonfiction cinema first hand. Our dedicated team is diligently and…

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The Creative Power of BIPOC Editors

June 3, 2021, 2:00 pm3:00 pm

CLICK HERE TO WATCH Join us at the 24th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival for the official launch of the BIPOC Documentary Editor's Database! Prominent industry professionals, including Sam Pollard, Jean Tsien and Lillian Benson, will be speaking to introduce this vital new tool. This public database is a searchable, user-friendly website of BIPOC documentary editors to promote and increase the number of BIPOC editors hired across the documentary field. This website has been created in response to the…

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