NCFCA at Full Frame (2017)
April marks the 20th anniversary of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. NCFCA members covered a wide variety of documentaries from the festival. Check out their coverage below:
Daniel Johnson — Film Babble Blog
Johnson’s Film Babble Blog offers the most thorough coverage of Full Frame, highlighting thirteen films over all four of the festivals days. Johnson manage to make it through all four and half hours of Amir Bar-Lev’s Grateful Dead pic, Long Strange Trip. calling it a must-see for Deadheads. If four hours is too long for a doc, never fear. Full Frame also offers a slew of shorts, including the delicious Baloonfest, remembering Cleveland’s ill-advised and poorly executed attempt to land in the Guinness Book of World Records by releasing over a million balloons into the air above the city. You can probably guess where most of them ended up. Film Babble Blog has archived posts from over a decade of Johnson’s film coverage. Stop in for the latest news from Full Frame and you can catch up on posts from past years as well.
Neil Morris — Indy Week
Morris is the NCFCA’s most consistent contributor to Raleigh’s independent newspaper weekly, and he has two pieces on high profile films from the festival. Steve James discusses Abacus: Small Enough to Jail with Morris in an exclusive interview. James not only provides insight into his own process, he also praises Full Frame for finding its own programming “voice,” rather than simply replicating the offerings from other festivals. One film that did make it to Full Frame from Sundance was Dina, the Grand Jury Prize winner about a woman with autism. Morris was less impressed than the Sundance jury, questioning whether the film is affirming Dina or exploiting her. You can keep abreast of Morris’s latest reviews by following him on Twitter at @ByNeilMorris.
Kenneth R. Morefield — 1More Film Blog.
One of the NCFCA’s founders, Morefield covers films as a freelancer for Christianity Today Movies and TV as well as his own online page, 1More FIlm Blog. Morefield labelled Trophy the best film he saw at Full Frame, praising the film for its nuance and ability to present a volatile issue (big game hunting) as morally complex. He also had positive words for Purple Dreams, a celebration of the Charlotte magnet school that became the first high school theater program authorized to show The Color Purple. You can “like” 1More Film Blog on Facebook to get updates on new reviews in your social media timeline.
Readers are also encouraged to check out NCFCA’s review page for links to members’ takes on various new releases.