Full Frame Announces Lineups for Marshall Curry Tribute and 2015 Thematic Program “The True Meaning of Pictures”


    Durham, N.C. – March 18, 2015 The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced its list of Full Frame Tribute and Thematic Program films.

    The festival is proud to present the 2015 Full Frame Tribute to filmmaker Marshall Curry. Full Frame will screen Curry’s films over the course of the four-day event, and will welcome a selection of Curry’s collaborators and subjects for Q&As.

    “Full Frame is where I had the first showing of my first film, Street Fight,” Curry said. “I have a fond memory of pacing around outside the theater, nervously trying to keep from throwing up. For a couple of years before that, I had been going down to the festival from New York just to watch films and try to learn how they were made. After screenings I would stumble out into the North Carolina springtime and see my documentary heroes having BBQ in the courtyard. It’s a magical festival, well curated, with a warm and generous spirit.”

    The Thematic Program “The True Meaning of Pictures,” curated by filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal (Watermark, Payback, Act of God) grapples with the ethical portrayal of provocative content. The lineup features titles from Errol Morris, Lauren Greenfield, Mads Brügger, and Christian Frei, as well as two of Baichwal’s own films: The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams’ Appalachia and Manufactured Landscapes.

    “The ethics and politics of representation have preoccupied me since I started making films two decades ago,” said Baichwal. “It came to a head in 2003 with The True Meaning of Pictures. I realized that by showing the photographs of Shelby Lee Adams in our film, we were subject to exactly the same criticism leveled against him for taking them. And I knew we had to address this in some way beyond having people argue about whether the representation was ethical or not. I also realized that there is no overall rule for tackling these issues: each context, each situation, demands its own complex, delicate, honest, ethical approach.”

    Specific screening times and venues will be announced with the release of the full schedule on March 19.



    Full Frame honors the work of Marshall Curry. The Full Frame Tribute will be presented at the Awards Barbecue on Sunday.

    If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front     
    Marshall Curry   Co-Director: Sam Cullman
    An environmental activist driven to increasingly extreme methods of protest faces profound political consequences in the wake of 9/11.

    Mistaken for Strangers     Tom Berninger   Executive Producer: Marshall Curry
    Matt Berninger, the lead singer of the rock band the National, invites his younger brother to work as a roadie and film the band on tour—with unexpected results.

    Point and Shoot     Marshall Curry
    Video camera in hand, a sheltered young man eager for self-reinvention leaves home in Baltimore and heads to Libya to join in the fight against Muammar Gaddafi.

    Racing Dreams     Marshall Curry
    Three preteens with NASCAR aspirations compete for the World Karting Championship while grappling with the pressures of family and the realities of coming of age.

    Street Fight     Marshall Curry
    When Cory Booker runs against incumbent Sharpe James in 2002’s fierce battle for mayor of Newark, he comes up against an old-school political machine willing to win by any means necessary.



    Jennifer Baichwal presents a series of films examining the ethics of representation in documentary work.

    Gates of Heaven     Errol Morris
    Errol Morris interviews an assortment of the eccentric characters involved when a pet cemetery closes and the remains of beloved animals must be relocated to another memorial park.

    Manufactured Landscapes     Jennifer Baichwal
    Following the photographer in China, this film captures Edward Burtynsky as he creates highly detailed large-format images of the effects of industry on our natural world.

    The Queen of Versailles     Lauren Greenfield
    The Queen of Versailles is a character-driven documentary about a billionaire family’s financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis.

    The Red Chapel     Mads Brügger
    Under the guise of cultural exchange, Danish artist and filmmaker Mads Brügger embarks on a trip to North Korea to mount a variety show, exposing injustices of the regime by recording the process.

    The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams’ Appalachia     Jennifer Baichwal
    This film examines the issues of representation in the challenging work of American photographer Shelby Lee Adams, who has spent decades documenting a single community in the mountains of Kentucky.

    War Photographer     Christian Frei
    This film offers an immediate, first-person perspective on the scenes photojournalist James Nachtwey captures in warzones around the world, deepened with self-reflection about his intent and process.

    The 18th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be held April 9-12, 2015, in Durham, N.C., with Duke University as the presenting sponsor. The complete schedule of films will be announced March 19. Festival passes go on sale February 11, and can be purchased online at http://www.fullframefest.org. Individual tickets go on sale April 2.


    Lindsay Gordon-Faranda / Full Frame / lindsay.gordon@fullframefest.org / (919) 613.0961 / @fullframe