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Full Frame 2018 — NCFCA Reviews

April 10, 2018 – 3:05 pm
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North Carolina is home to one of the most prestigious film festivals in the country. Now in its twenty-first year, Full Frame focuses exclusively on documentaries. Each year brings a dazzling array of artist profiles, social inquiries, and thematic programming. Here are some highlights from this year’s festival as reported by our members.

At Secular Cinephile, Andrew Spitznas looks at On Her Shoulders, A Murder in Mansfield, and the opening night film, RBG. He calls the portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg “a surefire crowd-pleaser” told with “tenderness, flair, and humor.”

Daniel Johnson has tons of coverage at Film Babble Blog, including looks at Studio 54, The Blessing, The Rape of Recy Taylor (helmed by festival founder Nancy Biurski), and Rodents of Unusual Size. Of Hal, he says, “I teared up more than a few times because Ashby’s movies are a large part of why I love movies.”

Glenn McDonald introduces the festival to readers at the Raleigh News & Observer, rightly focusing on opening (RBG) and closing (America to Me) night films and those that may be of interest to local viewers. He highlights Capturing the Flag as an important local story since it “tells the story of Election Day 2016 from the perspective of a diverse team of volunteer voter protection workers dispatched to Fayetteville.”

At 1More Film Blog, Kenneth R. Morefield singles out the Fred Rogers biopic Won’t You Be My Neighbor? for praise, while also recommending Generation Wealth, Owned: A Tale of Two Americas, and Inventing Tomorrow. At the same site, Tyler S. Mason gives a shout out to The Pushouts, a profile of educational hero Victor Rios who runs the Yo! Watts program, encouraging California youth to graduate from high-school.

For more information about Full Frame, check out the festival website at http://fullframefest.org.

NCFCA at Full Frame (2017)

April 14, 2017 – 8:38 pm
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Reviews from NCFCA members at the 20th anniversary of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

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February 28, 2017 – 3:50 pm
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Earthcaster Profiles North Carolina’s Thomas Sayre

November 10, 2016 – 6:38 pm

The work of Raleigh artist Thomas Sayre is the product of a creative process that seeks to find a balance between unhealthy or unproductive extremes. In Earthcaster, the documentary profiling Sayre, it is said that his work “changes the landscape but doesn’t take it over.” The process of making large sculptures from the land that become a part of the landscape is one the artist describes as “being in control, but not….”

Barbara Kopple Talks Awards, Film Families, and Miss Sharon Jones!

October 20, 2016 – 8:23 pm

Given the recognition she has earned over a diverse and productive career, I asked Kopple, somewhat skeptically, whether awards, at this point in her career, still matter.
“More than ever,” was her surprising reply.

Toronto International Film Festival Kicks Off 2016 Awards Season

September 20, 2016 – 11:31 pm

La La Land positions itself as Oscar favorite.

NCFCA at Real to Reel (2016)

July 29, 2016 – 5:46 pm
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This week, NCFCA member Noel T. Manning II is doing his best to draw attention to Real to Reel, the annual festival at King’s Mountain.

NCFCA Member Heather M. Griffiths Earns 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award

July 29, 2016 – 12:19 am

The NCFCA is proud to congratulate Heather M. Griffiths for earning a 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of North Carolina school system.

NCFCA Member Teddy Durgin Publishes First Novel

July 10, 2016 – 7:23 pm
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Congratulations to NCFCA member Teddy Durgin on the publication of his first novel. 

NCFCA at Full Frame (2016)

April 8, 2016 – 12:55 pm
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The NCFCA has several members at Full Frame, sending reports about the best documentaries at the fest. We’ll be updating this page this weekend as reports come in for particular films.

2016 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Preview

April 3, 2016 – 10:13 pm
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NCFCA member Kenneth R. Morefield picks his five most anticipated films playing at next week’s documentary fest.
Not sure what to see? Check out his recommendations, or browse the full schedule.