World Premiere of Doug Block’s “112 Weddings” on Opening Night
“112 Weddings” (Director: Doug Block)
Durham, N.C. – March 6th, 2014 – The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced its Invited Program and NEW DOCS lineup of new feature and short films. Filmmaker Doug Block’s film “112 Weddings” will have its World Premiere as the Full Frame Opening Night Film on Thursday, April 3rd. Specific screening times and venues will be announced with the release of the full schedule on March 13th.
“112 Weddings,” an HBO Documentary Film, is a heartwarming examination of the struggles and joys that come with lifelong partnership. After two decades filming weddings part-time, acclaimed director Doug Block (“51 Birch Street,” “The Kids Grow Up”) revisits couples years after the big day in order to see how love and life have unfolded after vows.
Block said, “Among filmmakers, Full Frame is the country’s most revered documentary film festival, so it’s a particular honor to be chosen as this year’s Opening Night Film. ‘112 Weddings’ is a thought-provoking film about love and marriage, and I’m hoping it will get the festival off to a rousing, celebratory start.”
“Among filmmakers, Full Frame is the country’s most revered documentary film festival, so it’s a particular honor to be chosen as this year’s Opening Night Film. ‘112 Weddings’ is a thought-provoking film about love and marriage, and I’m hoping it will get the festival off to a rousing, celebratory start.” - Doug Block
One of the nation’s premier documentary film festivals, Full Frame celebrates its 17th annual festival this April. Full Frame is a qualifying event for consideration for the nominations for both the Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject and the Producers Guild of America Awards.
The Invited Program features 21 films screening out of competition, including three World and one US Premiere. Within this list are the festival’s Center Frame screenings, which feature moderated panel discussions following the films and take place in Fletcher Hall at the Carolina Theatre. Center Frame programs and special free screenings will be announced in the coming week.
The NEW DOCS program includes 48 titles (33 features and 15 shorts) from across the United States and around the world, selected from over 1,200 submissions, including 10 World and 10 North American Premieres. Nearly all of the films are screening in North Carolina for the first time. NEW DOCS films are eligible for the Full Frame Audience Award and are shortlisted for a variety of additional juried prizes. Award winners will be announced at the annual Awards Barbecue on Sunday, April 6th.
Director of Programming Sadie Tillery said, “I’m inspired by the quality of the filmmaking and the wide breadth of subject matter represented in these works. I’m also proud that a number of vibrant films will be having their debuts at Full Frame.”
“I’m inspired by the quality of the filmmaking and the wide breadth of subject matter represented in these works. I’m also proud that a number of vibrant films will be having their debuts at Full Frame.”
- Sadie Tillery, Director of Programming
Durham, N.C. – February 12, 2014 – The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced its annual Thematic Program and Tribute. The Full Frame Tribute will celebrate the work of award-winning filmmaker Steve James. The 2014 Thematic Program will look at the role of the subject in documentary film through a series of films curated by esteemed filmmaker Lucy Walker.
“I’ve always enjoyed Full Frame’s Thematic Program, and credit it with introducing me to films I’d never seen on the big screen before,” said Lucy Walker. “The documentaries I most enjoy all have memorable characters, and in my own work, I’ve gravitated towards character-led stories. I’m thrilled and honored to guest curate a selection of films for the Thematic Program that have unforgettable personalities at their heart and center.”
“Character-driven documentaries depend on the relationship a filmmaker can forge with his or her subject. We’re interested in how the people featured in documentary films – their personal openness and charisma – shape the impact of these works,” said director of programming Sadie Tillery.
Lucy Walker is a British film director who has twice been nominated for an Academy Award®. Her Oscar®-nominated film “Waste Land” won the 2010 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Audience Award. Her other feature documentaries include “The Crash Reel,” “Countdown to Zero,” “Blindsight,” and “Devil’s Playground.” She has also directed several short documentaries, including “The Lion’s Mouth Opens,” which recently premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, as well as the Oscar®-nominated “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom.” Her films have been nominated for seven Emmys, an Independent Spirit Award, and a Gotham Award, and have won over eighty other film awards.
The festival will honor Steve James with the Full Frame Tribute and will feature a retrospective of his work. Steve James produced and directed “Hoop Dreams,” winner of every major critics’ prize including a Peabody and Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. Other films include “Stevie,” which won IDFA’s grand jury prize; the acclaimed miniseries “The New Americans”; Tribeca Grand Prize-winner “The War Tapes,” which James produced and edited; “At the Death House Door,” which won numerous festival awards; “No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson,” produced for ESPN’s Peabody-winning “30 for 30” series; and “The Interrupters,” which won an Emmy, Independent Spirit Award, and the duPont Journalism Award, among numerous others. James’ most recent documentary on the life and career of critic Roger Ebert, “Life Itself,” premiered to great acclaim at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
“There’s a deep tie between our Thematic Program and Tribute this year in that Steve James is responsible for introducing audiences to some of the most memorable documentary subjects of all time,” said Tillery. “We’re proud to recognize his remarkable films and the powerful stories he’s captured over the years.”
”Full Frame has always been one of my absolute favorite festivals because of its devotion to artistic and challenging documentaries and to making filmmakers feel loved and appreciated,” said Steve James. “That love extends from the passionate festivalgoers to Full Frame’s incredible staff and programmers. It is both thrilling and humbling to attend this year and receive this tribute.”
Both Walker and James will attend the festival. Specific titles for the Thematic Program and Full Frame Tribute, along with additional attending guests, will be announced in March.
The 17th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be held April 3-6, 2014, in Durham, N.C., with Duke University as the presenting sponsor. The complete schedule of films will be announced March 13th. Festival passes are on sale now and can be purchased online at http://www.fullframefest.org. Individual tickets go on sale March 27th.