“Weiner,” “Norman Lear” to book-end Full Frame

Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg's Sundance award-winner Weiner (pictured) and Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You are to book-end the 2016 edition of the Full Frame Documentary Festival.
March 18, 2016

Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg‘s Sundance award-winning doc Weiner (pictured) is to open the Full Frame Documentary Festival on April 7, while Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady‘s Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You will screen as the event’s closing night film on April 10.

The Durham, North Carolina-set festival – which revealed its line-up on March 10 – will also feature four “Center Frame” screenings, three free screenings, the 2016 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 Sam Pollard’s Two Trains Runnin’, Margaret Byrne’s Raising Bertie, Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker’s Unlocking the Cage, and Ido Haar’s Presenting Princess Shaw.

Special guests include Steven Wise from Unlocking the Cage; David Dennis from Two Trains Runnin’; Reginald Askew, Davonte Harrell, David Perry and Vivian Saunders from Raising Bertie; and Samantha Montgomery from Presenting Princess Shaw.

Full Frame will also feature two free outdoor screenings with Yael Melamede‘s (Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies, a study of the human tendency to lie, and the late Albert MayslesIris, on 93-year-old fashion icon Iris Apfel. Both films will screen at Durham Central Park on April 8 and 9, respectively.

Finally, the 10th annual 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 Jonathan Olshefski for Quest: The Fury and the Sound and to Matt Yoka for Whirlybird.

Grant organizers are to join the filmmakers in presenting excerpts from their works-in-progress, ahead of a screening of James Demo’s The Peacemaker, who received the grant in 2014.

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