Advanced Circuitry: 20 Years of Festivals

Full Frame is one of the oldest and largest documentary-only festivals in the United States. Back when we started, there were far fewer nonfiction films and distribution streams than there are now, when there are so many of both. Using the festival as a frame, these esteemed documentary professionals look back at the business of utilizing the festival circuit to promote a film, and how it might work best in the future.

The Afghan Alphabet
Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Mohsen Makhmalbaf tracks the children who do not attend school in the villages between Iran and Afghanistan with his digital camera and questions why they…

Erin Hudson

Aging is not a pretty process. Or is it? Erin Hudson’s rendition of geriatric water aerobics is not only beautiful, but also tender and respectful.…

After Innocence
Jessica Sanders

The evening news often carries heartwarming reunions between convicted felons exonerated by DNA evidence and their long-lost loved ones. As the film’s title suggests, being…

After Katrina: Rebuilding St. Bernard Parish
Adam Finberg

A sensitive elegy to a working-class community’s destroyed neighborhood and its passionate commitment to rebuild. Rather than sweeping statements of catastrophe, we are offered intimate…

After Tiller
Martha Shane, Lana Wilson

After the murder of their friend and colleague Dr. George Tiller, only four physicians continue to
perform late-term abortions, risking their lives for women’s right to choose.

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq
Nancy Buirski

In 1956, at the height of her fame, ballerina Tanaquil le Clercq was stricken with polio. A mesmerizing film of love, loss, and surprising grace.

The Agronomist
Jonathan Demme

The Agronomist is inspired by the pioneering work of Haitian journalist and human rights activist Jean Dominique. Filmmaker Jonathan Demme shot many hours of footage…

Kristy Guevara-Flanagan

Once a month the members of Águilas de Desierto, or the Eagles of the Desert, battle the scorching Arizona heat to search for migrants who…

Ahead of Time
Bob Richman

Cinematographer Bob Richman, in his directing debut, celebrates Ruth Gruber, an intrepid scholar and journalist, now almost a hundred, who documented and participated in some of the pivotal events of the 20th century.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Alison Klayman

With intimate access to the artist, Alison Klayman presents a portrait of Chinese photographer, sculptor, architect, and activist Ai Weiwei. Captured over the course of…

Air Guitar Nation
Alexandra Lipsitz

“The axes are invisible; the chops are for real.” The art of air guitar centers on the elusive quality of “airness.” Covering the U.S. Air…

Airtime Rights
Stephen Hutchinson

Meet Monroe Litman and Mark Jonofsky, two guys compelled to air their private opinions in the public arena. Regular callers to NYC community-supported radio stations,…

AKA Doc Pomus
Peter Miller, Will Hechter

This biopic celebrates blues legend Doc Pomus, AKA Jerome Felder, a man who didn’t just
write “Lonely Avenue” but lived it.

Al Franken: God Spoke
Chris Hegedus, Nick Doob

Al Franken: God Spoke chronicles Al Franken’s rise to political prominence as the bane of right-wing media and scourge of Republicans everywhere. Once a regular…

Albert Wong
Gerrie McCall

“I’m not nervous since I’m prepared.” Meet Albert Wong. He’s nine years old, he’s a piano prodigy, and he wears those shoes with the little…

Albert’s Winter
Andreas Koefoed

A young Danish boy spends the winter balancing the whimsy of childhood play, the demands of his education, and the omnipresence of his mother’s cancer.

Barbara Bird

A poignant exploration of the creation and destruction of an American family, Album combines 8mm home movies from the ‘40s and ‘50s with contemporary commentary…