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Full Frame 2018 — NCFCA Reviews

Submitted by on 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


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