“Off the Rails,” “Hersch” to debut at Full Frame

Adam Irving's Off the Rails (pictured) and Charlotte Lagarde and Carrie Lozano's The Ballad of Fred Hersch are among the films selected to screen at the 19th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
March 10, 2016

Adam Irving‘s Off the Rails (pictured) and Charlotte Lagarde and Carrie Lozano’s The Ballad of Fred Hersch are among the films receiving their world premieres at the 19th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

The Durham, North Carolina-based event – which runs from April 7 to 10 – has revealed titles from its New Docs Program and Invited Program. All films in the former program are eligible for the Full Frame Audience Award and are shortlisted for a variety of juried prizes, while the latter features 21 films screening out of competition.

Selected from more than 1,800 submissions, the New Docs program will screen 32 feature-length films and 17 shorts, including Irving’s Off the Rails, about a man who’s been imprisoned 32 times for commandeering public transit in New York City; and Lagarde and Lozano’s The Ballad of Fred Hersch, a portrait of the acclaimed jazz pianist and AIDS survivor.

Both films receive their world premieres at the festival alongside Daniel Koehler’s A House Without Snakes, following two Botswanan men facing the choice of ancestral tradition or modern opportunities; and Tyler J. Kelley and Araby Williams’ Following Seas, on a sailing family taking 20 ocean voyages over 20 years.

Films receiving their North American premieres in New Docs include Andreas Koefoed’s At Home in the World (Et hjem i verden), in which a Danish schoolteacher helps refugee children adapt to a new country; Gina Abatemarco’s Kivalina, on the impact of rising sea levels for an Alaskan coastal community; and Mike Plunkett’s Salero, following a Bolivian salt-gather whose livelihood is threatened by the discovery of a vast lithium reserve.

God Knows Where I Am from Oscar nominated and Emmy-awarded filmmakers Todd and Jedd Wider, which looks at the mysterious death of a woman found in a vacant New Hampshire farmhouse, will also screen at the festival.

Meanwhile, the Invited program will see the world premieres of Sam Pollard’s Two Trains Runnin’, in search of two forgotten blues singers during the civil rights movement; and Margaret Byrne’s Raising Bertie, featuring three men in rural North Carolina enduring poverty, discrimination and unemployment.

“We strive for a line-up that embraces diverse approaches to documentary filmmaking and makes space for both established filmmakers and new voices,” said director of programming Sadie Tillery in a statement.

For a complete list of world and North American premieres in the New Docs program, please click here.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.