Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi Vasarhelyi’s mountain climbing doc Meru is to open the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival on April 9, while Marah Strauch‘s Sunshine Superman (pictured) will close the event on April 12.
The Durham, North Carolina-set festival – which revealed its full line-up on March 11 – will also feature three “Center Frame” screenings, five free screenings, the 2015 Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant recipients and the Fresh Docs program.
“Center Frame” screenings – all of which are followed by extensive conversations with filmmakers and subjects – are to include Marc Silver’s 3 1/2 Minutes, on a 2012 shooting of an African American teenager in Florida; Ron Davis’ Harry & Snowman, about the relationship between an equestrian and a plow horse; and Stanley Nelson‘s The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, on the history of the activist organization.
Special guests include Ron Davis, father of Jordan Davis, from 3 1/2 Minutes; show jumper Harry deLeyer from Harry & Snowman; and former Black Panther activist Kathleen Cleaver from The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.
Meanwhile, free screenings at the festival include Kim Longinotto’s Love is All, on the depiction of love throughout cinema, and Todd Douglas Miller’s Dinosaur 13, on the discovery of the largest T-Rex fossil ever found. Each film is to screen twice, along with a free screening of Sunshine Superman.
Elsewhere, the 2015 Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant – which recognizes first-time filmmakers who portray “a unique vision” in the content and style of their films – has been awarded to Ted Passon for The Trial of Mumia Abu-Jamal and to Elisa Haradon and Gabriel Miller for Sweetheart Deal.
Grant organizers are to join the filmmakers in presenting excerpts from their works-in-progress, ahead of a screening of David Felix Sutcliffe’s (T)ERROR.
Finally, The Fresh Docs program, which lets audiences watch docs in various stages of production and provide feedback, will this year feature excerpts from Alix Blair and Jeremy Lange’s Farmer Veteran, on an Iraq war veteran who becomes a farmer.