The 19th Full Frame Documentary Film Festival kicks off Thursday in downtown Durham. It’s a major cultural event for the Triangle and an annual gathering-of-the-tribes for the worldwide documentary filmmaking community.
Established as a small film series in 1998, Full Frame has grown into one of the industry’s most prestigious and popular festivals. Less overtly commercial than other film festivals, which often operate as distribution marketplaces, Full Frame enjoys a sterling reputation as a professionally organized showcase for the art and craft of documentary filmmaking.
For your convenience, we’ve gathered our coverage of this year’s festival here in one place.
What to see at this year’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival: Lewis Beale picks out a few films he thinks should be on your must-see list.
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In election year, Durham’s Full Frame examines political process: The theme of this year’s festival involves political campaigns and the electoral process. We have a Q&A with filmmaker R.J. Cutler (Oscar-nominated “The War Room”), who curated the program.
Kirsten Johnson on the view from behind the camera: The cinematographer and director receives this year’s Tribute Award.
Filmed in NC, ‘Raising Bertie’ has world premiere at Full Frame: This documentary weaves together the stories of three young black men in Bertie County, an impoverished rural community where opportunities are scarce and potential pitfalls are everywhere. The film’s world premiere happens Saturday at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham.
Iranian film wins top prize at Full Frame Festival: The Full Frame Festival’s top prize went to “Starless Dreams,” which documents the suffering of young women in an Iranian juvenile detention center, won.
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
When: April 7-10
Where: Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham, and other venues
Cost: $16 for individual tickets, $27 for special events, $14 for educators, students and military