Durham, N.C. – June 7, 2016 – The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced its 2016 Road Show lineup. The Full Frame Road Show, presented by PNC, brings free screenings of documentary films to audiences throughout the Triangle. All screenings are free and open to the public, but a ticket is required to reserve a seat. Information on how to obtain tickets is available on the Full Frame website, www.fullframefest.org.
Festival Director Deirdre Haj states, “Full Frame is grateful to PNC for enabling us to screen films year round and in communities throughout the Triangle. The PNC Road Show not only introduces documentary film to new audiences, but also allows Full Frame to present work that may have been unavailable to us during the four-day festival.”
The following Road Show screenings are a part of downtown Durham’s monthly Third Friday events, and take place in the Full Frame Theater at the American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham, N.C. Additional screenings throughout the Triangle will be announced on Full Frame’s website and via social media later this month.
Friday, June 17 at 7:00 pm
The Return, directed by Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway
In 2012, California amended its “Three Strikes” law—one of the harshest criminal sentencing policies in the country. The passage of Proposition 36 marked the first time in U.S. history that citizens voted to shorten sentences of those currently incarcerated. Within days, the reintegration of thousands of “lifers” was underway. The Return examines this unprecedented reform through the eyes of those on the front lines—prisoners suddenly freed, families turned upside down, reentry providers helping navigate complex transitions, and attorneys and judges wrestling with an untested law. At a moment of reckoning on mass incarceration, what can California’s experiment teach the nation?
Friday, July 15 at 7:00 pm
In Pursuit of Silence, directed by Patrick Shen
We tend to think of silence as absence. How can we pursue something that’s not there? Where would we find it? Why should we want to? This film challenges Western society’s most basic preconceptions about the very nature of silence. In the industrialized world, volume marks energy and importance; quietude is associated with lethargy, insignificance, and emptiness. But as this film reveals, silence isn’t nothingness at all. Rather, it is something we hear, and listening puts us in more profound contact with all that is present in the world. Seeking refuge from the daily cacophony of buzzes, bings, and banter isn’t “downtime,” it’s an active pursuit of spiritual, physiological, and psychological necessity. At times meditatively tranquil, at others maddeningly frenetic, this film’s sumptuous sound design conjures up innovative ways to help us hear what we’ve been missing all along.
Friday, August 19 at 7:00 pm
Contemporary Color, directed by Bill Ross and Turner Ross
In 2015, legendary musician David Byrne treated audiences to a performance spectacle unlike any other, bringing ten of the best color guard teams from across North America to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to perform their synchronized dance routines (often involving flags, flips, tossed rifles and swords) to music composed for their performances by musicians like St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado, Ad-Rock + Money Mark, Nico Muhly + Ira Glass, and Byrne himself, commissioned by BAM and Luminato Festival. Contemporary Color is no mere concert documentary. As seen through the eyes of celebrated American documentary duo, the Ross Brothers, this tightly choreographed event is cracked open to make space for the performers’ hopes, dreams, homes and personal histories as they’re on the floor giving the biggest show of their lives. As the live music takes this little-known sport to new heights, the wildly talented and passionate superstars of color guard get the limelight they’ve always deserved.
Friday, September 16 at 7:00 pm
The House on Coco Road, directed by Damani Baker
In 1979, the Grenadian people carried out the first successful revolution in the English speaking Caribbean. The Revolution attracted workers from around the world, including director Damani Baker’s mother, who, in 1983, moved to the island with her young children from Oakland, California, to participate in the Revolution. Shortly after, the United States led a military invasion following the assassination of the popular young Grenadian Prime Minister, Maurice Bishop. Baker and his family hid under the bed for three days as bombs shook their new home, shattering the paradise they had discovered. Sixteen years later, in 1999, Baker returns to Grenada with his mother to begin work on a documentary film, searching for her story, one that felt not just untold, but unfinished. Using footage he shot, as well as a box of super 8 family footage uncovered in rural Louisiana in 2014, Baker unravels his mother’s path to activism.
Friday, October 21 at 7:00 pm
Burden, directed by Richard Dewey and Tim Marrinan
Chris Burden guaranteed his place in art history in 1971 with a period of often dangerous and at times stomach-churning performances. After having himself shot, locked up in a locker for five days, electrocuted, and crucified on the back of a VW bug, Burden reinvented himself as the creator of truly mesmerizing installations and sculptures, from a suspended gigantic flywheel that seemingly spins on its own, to an assemblage of antique streetlights rewired for solar energy and illuminated outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In Burden, Timothy Marrinan and Richard Dewey look at the artist’s work and private life with an innovative mix of still-potent videos of his ’70s performances; personal videos and audio recordings; comments by friends, fellow students, colleagues, and critics; and latter-day footage at his Topanga Canyon studio, all peppered with his thoughts and musings through the years.
Friday, November 18 at 7:00 pm
The Ballad of Fred Hersch, directed by Charlotte Lagarde and Carrie Lozano
Internationally renowned jazz pianist Fred Hersch is a masterful musician, a highly expressive improviser and composer who pulls from varied musical traditions and genres to create free-flowing works that are uniquely his own. Enormously influential to a new generation of musicians, Hersch also blazed trails in the jazz world when he came out as gay and HIV- positive in the 1990s. Directors Charlotte Lagarde and Carrie Lozano offer a sensitive look at this maverick in The Ballad of Fred Hersch, giving his gorgeous music plenty of space. We watch Hersch riff in clubs and concert halls, and follow his painstaking creative process as he seeks to turn a near-death experience—the two months he spent in an AIDS-related coma in 2008—into a piece of multimedia jazz theater. As Hersch channels the dreams and nightmares he had while unconscious into a new composition, we develop an intimate understanding of an artist who is at once unassuming and incomparable.
For additional information on the films and screenings, please visit the Full Frame website at www.fullframefest.org.
The 20th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will take place April 6-9, 2017, with Duke University as the presenting sponsor.
About Full Frame
The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, N.C., for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the general public. Full Frame also promotes the festival’s mission throughout the year by presenting documentary work in the Full Frame Theater and other venues both locally and nationally.
The Festival is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies, a nonprofit 501(c)3, and receives support from corporate sponsors, private foundations, and individual donors whose generosity provides the foundation that makes the event possible. To learn more about the mission of Full Frame, scheduled films, festival tickets, or how to support Full Frame, visit www.fullframefest.org.