2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Recognitions
The North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA) today announced its picks for the best feature documentaries and short film from the seventeenth annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina.
Three features were cited by the festival’s home state critics. Our Man in Tehran (Larry Weinstein and Drew Taylor) chronicles the Iranian hostage crisis and Canada’s role in it. The film shows ordinary men and women displaying extraordinary courage and integrity in the face of difficult historical circumstances. Whitey: The United States of America v. James J. Bulger (Joe Berlinger) uses the noted court case to explore the shades of gray that tinge the judicial system and the underworld it so often tries to prosecute. In the New Docs category, the NCFCA singled out Light Fly, Fly High (Susan Φstigaard, Beathe Hofseth), the profile of Thulsai Ekanandam. NCFCA member Kia Slade calls Ekanandam’s “amazing” as she attempts to use boxing as a means to literally fight her way out of India’s lower caste.
The Silly Bastard Next to the Bed (Scott Calonico) was picked by the critics as the best short film from the festival. It offers a snapshot of the Kennedy administration as the president tries to deal with media interest in how the first lady’s maternity ward gets transformed into a “VIP suite.”
Other films receiving honorable mention from select NCFCA critics included: The Hip-Hop Fellow (Kenneth Price); The Case Against 8 (Ben Cotner and Ryan White); and Visitors (Godfrey Reggio).
The NCFCA is comprised of twenty-eight film critics living or working in North Carolina. The organization seeks to support professional critics from the area and promote films and filmmakers from the state. The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival takes place annually on the first week of April in Durham, North Carolina.