The 20th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Approximately 50 recent and new documentary features, plus retrospective programming, make up the lineup of this Durham NC doc fest:
World premieres include: Andrew Rossi’s BRONX GOTHIC, which explores Okwui Okpokwasili’s one-woman performance; Peter Getzels and Harriet Gordon Getzels’ ZUZANA: MUSIC IS LIFE, a look at Czech history through a profile of an acclaimed harpsichordist; Garret Atlakson’s MOMMY’S LAND, focused on a determined Cambodian grandmother’s standoff with land grabbers; Nathan Fitch’s ISLAND SOLDIER, which looks at several Micronesians who serve in the US military; Rachel Shuman’s ONE OCTOBER, which looks back at NYC in the days before the 2008 US Presidential election; and Joanne Hock’s PURPLE DREAMS, about the first public high school allowed to perform THE COLOR PURPLE.
The fest will present the North American premieres of such films as: Katia Bernardi’s FUNNE – SEA DREAMING GIRLS (pictured), a chronicle of Italian village grandmothers’ efforts to plan a trip to the sea; Lorenzo Giordano’s LIFE IN RIVA, a portrait of a coastal Italian town; and Jörg Adolph and Ralf Bücheler’s LIFE – INSTRUCTION MANUAL, which explores how humans depend on learning vs instinct to survive.
Among the other titles in this year’s event are Allison Argo’s THE LAST PIG (pictured), which explores a farmer’s shifting views on killing animals; David Barba and James Pellerito’s ANATOMY OF A MALE BALLET DANCER, a portrait of Brazilian American Ballet Theater dancer Marcelo Gomes; and Matt McCormick’s BUZZ ONE FOUR, which recounts a near-disastrous military accident involving nuclear weapons and the filmmaker’s grandfather.