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Full Frame to open with “Gideon’s Army”

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is set to open with Dawn Porter's Gideon's Army on April 4, with the remaining film line-up including docs from Lucy Walker, Shola Lynch, Sebastian Junger and Sundance winner Blood Brother.
March 8, 2013

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is set to open with Dawn Porter’s Gideon’s Army (pictured) on April 4, with the remaining film line-up including docs from Lucy Walker, Shola Lynch, Sebastian Junger and Sundance winner Blood Brother.

The fest, which has already revealed its Full Frame Tribute program, will screen Gideon’s Army, a doc following three young public defenders in the Deep South. Two of the film subjects will be in attendance, and a conversation with Porter and the subjects will follow the screening.

In the Invited Program, which screens 24 films out of competition, titles include Carl Deal and Tia Lessin’s Citizen Koch, Lucy Walker’s The Crash Reel, Shola Lynch’s Free Angela & All Political Prisoners, Yung Chang’s The Fruit Hunters, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel’s Leviathan, Barbara Kopple’s Running from Crazy, Sebastian Junger’s Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington, and RJ Cutler and Greg Finton’s The World According to Dick Cheney.

The New Docs program is composed of 36 features and 15 shorts, which are eligible for the Full Frame Audience Award and shortlisted for a number of additional jury prizes. Titles in the program include Sundance double prize winner Blood Brother, from Steve Hoover; Martha Shane and Lana Wilson’s After Tiller; Peter Miller and Will Hechter’s AKA Doc Pomus; Zachary Heinzerling’s Cutie and the Boxer; Roger Ross Williams’ God Loves Uganda; Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier’s Muscle Shoals; Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin’s Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer; and Morgan Neville’s Twenty Feet from Stardom.

The full slate of films taking part in the fest, which runs from April 4 to 7 in Durham, North Carolina, can be found here.

“I love that over the course of four days, we have the opportunity to showcase the numerous innovative and exciting ways the documentary form continues to excel and evolve,” said director of programming Sadie Tillery.

“We are thrilled and honored to be the opening night selection of this celebrated and beloved festival,” added Gideon’s Army director Porter. “This is the 50th anniversary of the Gideon decision guaranteeing the right to counsel, and we are grateful to be able to share this film at such a prestigious event during the anniversary year.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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