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RaMell Ross to curate Full Frame’s 2019 Thematic Program

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker RaMell Ross will curate Full Frame Documentary Festival’s 2019 Thematic Program. The 2019 Thematic Program is titled “New Lives of Time” and will feature documentary films that examine ...
February 19, 2019

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker RaMell Ross will curate Full Frame Documentary Festival’s 2019 Thematic Program.

The 2019 Thematic Program is titled “New Lives of Time” and will feature documentary films that examine how time works on screen and projects that “create space for viewers to wander their own imaginations to make connections and meaning.”

“In imagining this year’s series, I wanted to explore films that invite us on distinctive journeys and submerge us in the tides of time and place,” said Full Frame artistic director Sadie Tillery in a statement. “It is immensely exciting to collaborate with RaMell on this idea. This year’s program allows us to reflect on the documentary form, and even the very experience of watching, through the lens of a visionary filmmaker.”

In 2014, Ross screened a work-in-progress of Hale County This Morning, This Evening as a Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant recipient at Full Frame. The 76-minute film later screened in competition at the 2018 festival, where it garnered the The Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award.

Hale County This Morning, This Evening has won numerous awards, including the special jury prize for creative vision during its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. It also took home the Gotham Award for best documentary and a Cinema Eye Award for best non-fiction feature, and has also been nominated for the 2019 Academy Award for best documentary feature.

The film has secured international theatrical, broadcast, and streaming distribution and enjoyed its television broadcast premiere on PBS ‘Independent Lens’ earlier this month.

Ross is currently on the faculty at Brown University’s visual arts department and recently finished his first short film, Easter Snap, which bowed at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Past curators of Full Frame’s Thematic Program include Amir Bar-Lev, Joe Berlinger, Steve James, Lucy Walker, Chris Hegedus, and DA Pennebaker.

Titles for the Thematic Program will be announced in early March alongside the full lineup of titles, including films in competition and other selected work.

The the 22nd annual Full Frame Documentary Festival runs from April 4 to 7 in Durham, North Carolina.

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