The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is to screen a retrospective of Jessica Yu’s (pictured, left) work and give A&E IndieFilm VP Molly Thompson (centre) its Advocate Award, while filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev (right) will curate a thematic program.
The fest, held in Durham, North Carolina on April 4-7, aims to honor three Americans who have impacted documentary filmmaking.
The Full Frame tribute will honor Jessica Yu with a retrospective of her work, including doc shorts Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O’Brien and The Kinda Sutra, and full-length docs In the Realms of the Unreal, Last Call at the Oasis and Protagonist. Her latest documentary, The Guide, which is set in Mozambique and looks at the human side of environmental sustainability, will premiere at the festival.
Molly Thompson, whose A&E IndieFilms has produced Murderball, The Tillman Story, The September Issue, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer and The Imposter, will be lauded with the Advocate Award.
“Thompson has emerged as one of the most powerful women in the documentary field,” said Deirdre Haj, Full Frame’s executive director. “She has used her position to not only advance the mission of documentaries at her company, but also boost up individuals and institutions – including Full Frame – and advocate for their long-term success.”
Meanwhile Amir Bar-Lev will curate the “Stories About Stories” program, which will examine the intersections of truth and perspective, through the medium of doc filmmaking.
The films screening in that program include Nick Broomfield’s Driving Me Crazy, Orson Welles’ F for Fake, Bar-Lev’s own Fighter and My Kid Could Paint That, Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, John Walter’s Theater of War, Anna Broinowski’s Forbidden Lie$, Shôhei Imamura’s A Man Vanishes, and Nina Davenport’s Operation Filmmaker.
“Both Jessica Yu and Amir Bar-Lev are incredibly dynamic documentary filmmakers at the height of their careers. I am equally excited and honored to have them join us at Full Frame to showcase their work and to be a part of our annual conversation around documentaries,” said Sadie Tillery, Full Frame’s director of programming.