Festival Year: 2024

Love Machina
Peter Sillen

Love Machina follows Bina48, a humanoid AI, commissioned in 2007 by Martine and Bina Rothblatt. An early sketch of potential digital consciousness, Bina48 is our vehicle to explore the Rothblatt’s futurist ideas and their quest to be in love forever.

The Loving Story
Nancy Buirski

The Loving Story tells the dramatic story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple living in Virginia in the 1950s, and their landmark Supreme Court Case, Loving v. Virginia, that changed history.

Luther: Never Too Much
Dawn Porter

Luther: Never Too Much, the documentary film, chronicles the story of a vocal virtuoso. Using a wealth of rarely seen archives, Luther tells his own story with assistance from his closest friends and musical collaborators including Mariah Carey, Dionne Warwick, Valerie Simpson, and Roberta Flack. The film relives the many stunning moments of Luther’s musical career, while exploring his unrequited love life, health struggles, and a lifelong battle to earn the respect his music deserved.

Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes
Sam Pollard, Ben Shapiro

Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes explores the life and music of the legendary drummer, composer, bandleader, and social activist through a remarkable series of creative peaks, struggles, and personal reinventions—from the Jim Crow era to the Civil Rights years, surveying the heady days of post-war modern jazz to hip hop and beyond.

Mur Murs
Agnès Varda

After returning to Los Angeles from France in 1979, Agnès Varda created this kaleidoscopic documentary about the striking murals that decorate the city. Bursting with color and vitality, Mur Murs is as much an invigorating study of community and diversity as it is an essential catalog of unusual public art.

A New Kind of Wilderness
Silje Evensmo Jacobsen

On a small farm in the Norwegian forest, the Payne family seeks a wild and free existence. They practice home-schooling and strive for a closely-knit family dynamic in harmony with nature. However, when tragedy unexpectedly strikes the family, it upends their idyllic world and forces them to forge a new path into modern society.

On The Way Home
Giorgi Kvelidze

Thirty years after the War in Abkhazia, two generations of Georgian refugees squat in abandonedSoviet sanatoriums, haunted by echoes of the past while they continue to wait for aid in the form ofgovernment housing.

Ôte-toi de mon soleil
Messaline Raverdy

Joseph cannot live at his own place anymore. For many years, he has travelled around the city with his trolley to gather tons of miscellaneous papers and objects of all kinds, thus filling his flat with labyrinthine chaos. He is said to have “the Diogenes syndrome.” He is gifted with vertiginous erudition and witty humor. As the filmmaker helps him with his home, a friendship forms.

Outdoor Screening: Good Night Oppy
Ryan White

Good Night Oppy tells the inspirational true story of Opportunity, a rover that was sent to Mars for a 90-day mission but ended up surviving…

A Photographic Memory
Rachel Elizabeth Seed

A Photographic Memory is an intimate, genre-bending portrait of a daughter’s attempt to piece together a portrait of her mother, an avant-garde journalist and a woman she never knew. Uncovering the vast archive Sheila Turner-Seed produced, including lost interviews with iconic photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gordon Parks, Lisette Model, and others, the film explores memory, legacy, and stories left untold.

A Poem Is a Naked Person
Les Blank

Les Blank considered this free-form feature documentary about beloved singer-songwriter Leon Russell, filmed between 1972 and 1974, to be one of his greatest accomplishments. Hired by Russell to film him at his recording studio in northeast Oklahoma, Blank ended up constructing a unique, intimate portrait of a musician and his environment.

The Poot
Elham Asadi

The Poot serves as a beautifully crafted tribute to the ancient Iranian tradition of carpet weaving, documenting the detail and precision that goes into each hand-loomed creation.

Yance Ford

Driven to contain threats to social order, American policing has exploded in scope and scale over hundreds of years. Now, it can be described by one word: power.

Red Whiteville and Blue
D.L. Anderson

In a moment of extreme polarization, a group of millionaires makes an unlikely bet that the working-class residents of a diverse Southern town can set aside their differences to help them convince legislators to unrig the economy so it works for everyone.

Gianfranco Piazza

A year-long journey through the mountains of Sicily, a fleshed-out and depopulated territory seen through the eyes of a young shepherd, a wingless vulture, and an astronomical observatory.

Remembering Nancy Buirski

Full Frame is honored to celebrate Nancy Buirski, who passed away unexpectedly last year, with a special gathering as part of our 2024 Tribute program.

The School of Canine Massage
Emma D. Miller

At a unique training program in Southern California, people heal dogs and dogs heal people.

School of Doc

School of Doc is a free camp for teens who are interested in learning the art of documentary filmmaking. Led by professional filmmakers, a select…