More programming news from Full Frame: Fourteen invited, out-of-competition films were named today.
The short version: It’s going to be a good festival.
- No Crossover, Steve James’ Allen Iverson film, made for ESPN, that explores a controversial incident in his high school years that did much to establish his outlaw image
- And Everything is Going Fine, Steven Soderbergh’s film about the late monologist Spalding Gray, who died by suicide six years ago
- PELADA, a soccer documentary partly produced by Duke graduates that is receiving its world premiere this month at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas
- A profile of the man who blew the whistle on Vietnam, The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
- A new one, previously announced, from Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker called Kings of Pastry, which follows 16 chefs as they compete for the Meilleur Ouvrier de France
- And the world premiere of In My Mind, Gary Hawkins’ film of composer Jason Moran’s recreation of Thelonious Monk’s 1959 Town Hall concert.
Complete list below.
Full Frame Announces 14 Films for 2010 Invited Programming
Durham, N.C., – March 4, 2010 – The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced 14 titles from the Invited Programming lineup for the 13th annual festival. This section features films screening out of competition, many of which will be accompanied by panel conversations or other live events following the screening. A list of accompanying special guests, alongside anticipated additions, will be released in the coming weeks.
“Sadie Tillery, Stephanie Barnwell and the entire programming team have outdone themselves with a slate of documentaries as moving as they are entertaining, from novice and master filmmakers alike,” said Full Frame’s new executive director, Deirdre Haj. “In addition to our NEW DOCS Program, our Invited Program will showcase films that deserve a forum for celebration and discussion.”
The 2010 Full Frame Documentary Festival will be held April 8 through 11 in Durham, NC, with Duke University as the presenting sponsor. Festival passes are currently on sale at www.fullframefest.org
And Everything is Going Fine (Director: Steven Soderbergh)
Spalding Gray made a living from revealing himself. Collaborator Steven Soderbergh honors the monologist’s literally storied career with a fitting tribute comprised of performance excerpts and interviews that further reveal the varied shades of Gray.
Do It Again (Director: Robert Patton-Spruill)
Facing a mid-life crisis, an intrepid reporter sets out to reunite the notoriously rancorous band the Kinks, collecting spontaneous performances of British Invasion classics by some of rock’s royalty along the way.
How to Fold a Flag (Directors: Michael Tucker, Petra Epperlein)
Four soldiers who fought together in Iraq come home to resume their normal lives-with very different results. As one of them says, “We went to war as a unit and came home alone.”
In My Mind (Director: Gary Hawkins)
Prodigy composer Jason Moran revisits bebop jazz great Thelonious Monk’s historic 1959 Town Hall big band concert in this sizzling film. World Premiere
The Kids Grow Up (Director: Doug Block)
A personal documentary about the emotional reality of letting your child grow up and go away to college, this film is also a window into modern-day parenting made possible by the age of digital videography. North American Premiere
Kings of Pastry (Directors: Chris Hegedus, DA Pennebaker)
Concocting all manner of sweet delights, from gold foil-bedecked chocolates to towering sculptures of blown sugar, sixteen chefs compete for the French pastry world’s highest honor-the Meilleur Ouvrier de France-in a contest of unbelievable artistry and tension. US Premiere
The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant (Directors: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert)
A chronicle of the final months at a GM plant in Ohio as heartbroken workers prepare for the closing of the factory.
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
(Directors: Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith)
The fascinating story of Daniel Ellsberg, the former Marine and State Department analyst who served as an architect of the Vietnam War while also protesting it-living two lives until he made the fateful and historic decision to smuggle the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times.
No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson (Director: Steve James)
Filmmaker Steve James returns to his hometown of Hampton, Virginia, to explore the lasting polarization surrounding the 1993 trial of Allen Iverson, then a high school basketball star three years away from the NBA.
PELADA (Directors: Luke Boughen, Rebekah Fergusson, Gwendolyn Oxenham, Ryan White)
Two former college athletes, one male and one female, travel the world looking for pickup soccer games, meeting an extraordinary range of people who play for the love of the game.
Racing Dreams (Director: Marshall Curry)
Meet Annabeth, Brandon, and Josh, pre-teens from different regions and circumstances sharing a common goal: to win a World Karting Championship. Street Fight director Marshall Curry follows the exceptional young drivers and their families during a season of challenges and surprises.
Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields
(Directors: Kerthy Fix, Gail O’Hara)
A captivating film about one of America’s greatest (and most reclusive) songwriters, Strange Powers is the film you never thought you’d see about the band you’ve always loved – or the film you absolutely must see about the band you’ve always meant to check out.
Videocracy (Director: Erik Gandini)
What happens when a nation’s leader also owns its most popular television stations? Director Erik Gandini exposes the startling effects of Silvio Berlusconi’s generation-long influence on Italian politics and culture.
Waking Sleeping Beauty (Director: Don Hahn)
Like all good fairy tales, the inside story of Disney animation’s stunning comeback after years of box-office disappointments features princesses, princes, and villains, as well as love, laughter, and tears.