Filmmaker Doug Block’s 112 Weddings (pictured) and Lucia Small and Ed Pincus’s One Cut, One Life are among 24 documentary features and shorts set to receive their world and North American premieres at North Carolina’s 17th annual Full Frame Documentary Festival.
The festival, which runs from April 3-6, has revealed its Invited Program and New Docs line-ups, with the former featuring 21 films screening out of competition, including three world and one U.S. premiere, and the latter with 48 U.S. and international in-competition titles (33 features and 15 shorts) including 10 world and 12 North American premieres.
The films receiving world premieres in the Invited Program include festival opener 112 Weddings, which follows-up with couples years after their weddings; Small and Pincus’s One Cut, One Life, which looks at the filmmakers’ journey after one of them is diagnosed with a terminal illness; and Abby Ginzberg’s Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa, about the freedom fighter’s battle to overthrow the apartheid regime.
Drew Taylor and Larry Weinstein’s Our Man in Tehran, which recounts Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor’s role during the Iran hostage crisis, will have its U.S. premiere.
The New Docs selections getting world premieres are Ian Phillips’s short Book of Days, on an artist-bookseller trying to get his book published; Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick’s The Hand That Feeds, about a labor dispute among New York restaurant workers; Kenneth Price’s The Hip-Hop Fellow, on producer Ninth Wonder’s mission to become Harvard’s first Hip-Hop Fellow; Mike Attie and Meghan O’Hara’s In Country, about a Vietnam War re-enactment; and John Dower’s short Ronald, about the iconic McDonald’s character.
The remaining world premieres include Luke Lorentzen’s short Santa Cruz del Islote, which follows a community trying to maintain its way of life on a remote island; Scott Calonico’s short The Silly Bastard Next to the Bed, about JFK’s bedroom furniture scandal; Joanna Lipper’s The Supreme Price, a look into the Nigerian pro-democracy movement; Stephanie Wang-Breal’s Tough Love, about two parents navigating America’s child welfare system; and John Rash’s short Yangtze Drift, a moving black-and-white tribute to the river.
The documentaries receiving North American premieres in the New Docs program are Corinne van Egeraat and Petr Lom’s Ana Ana, on the stories of four young Egyptian women; Ilan Moskovitch and Dan Bronfeld’s Apollonian Story, about a hermit who has spent 40 years carving out a home on a Mediterranean cliffside; Maurice O’Brien’s short Buffalo Dreams, in which a Scottish family tries to raise an American bison; Tristan Daws’s Fairytale of the Three Bears, on three men musing on life in post-Soviet Russia; and Heilika Pikkov’s Flowers from the Mount of Olives, in which an 83-year-old nun in Jerusalem is challenged with a vow of silence.
Other North American premieres include Yotam Feldman’s The Lab, which explores Israel’s defense industry; Susann Ostigaard and Beathe Hofseth’s Light Fly, Fly High, about a low-caste Indian girl entering a government-subsidized boxing program; Ema Ryan Yamazaki’s short Monk by Blood, on an aspiring chef faced with the duty of inheriting his family’s ancestral Buddhist temple; Paul Anders Simma’s Olga – To My Friends, on a woman living alone on a reindeer herding post 1,000 miles north of Moscow; Salvo Cuccia’s Summer 82 When Zappa Came to Sicily, on the Palermo terminus to the rock star’s 1982 European tour; Genevieve Bicknell’s short Swallow, on the nuances of eating and food; and finally Qu Zhao’s Where is My Son?, in which a son returns home after many years to care for his ailing mother.
Click here for the full list of Invited Program and New Docs films.