Laura Green and Anna Moot-Levin’s The Providers and Katie Galloway and Dawn Valadez’s The Pushouts (pictured) are among the films receiving world premieres at the 21st annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
The Durham, North Carolina-based event – which runs from April 5 – 8 – has revealed the titles that will make up its New Docs and Invited Program. All films in the New Docs Program are eligible for the Full Frame Audience Award and are shortlisted for a variety of juried prizes, while the Invited Program features 22 films screening out of competition.
Selected from more than 1,800 submissions, the New Docs program will screen 32 feature-length films and 10 shorts, including Green and Moot-Levin’s The Providers, following three overworked practitioners at The El Centro Family Health in New Mexico in their daily work and private lives; and Galloway and Valadez’s The Pushouts, chronicling a former gang member and high school dropout as he works to support students in an educational system failing to reach them.
Both films receive their world premieres at the festival alongside David Schalliol’s The Area, chronicling activist Deborah Payne as she battles developers of a new multibillion-dollar freight yard threatening to destroy a Chicago neighborhood; Peter DeHart and Allison Bohl DeHart’s Bending Lines: The Sculpture of Robert Wiggs, which reveals the interplay between mathematics and art in Wiggs’ works; Giorgio Angelini’s Owned: A Tale of Two Americas, unpacking the complex history of home ownership in America; and Monica Klemz’s experimental doc A Singular Garden, which blends old and new images of the garden next to the presidential palace in Rio de Janeiro.
Also enjoying world premieres in the New Docs Program are Hunter Robert Baker and Jordan Fein’s The Blessing, documenting a Navajo coal miner as he wrestles with his relationship to land; Roopa Gogineni’s I Am Bisha, which spotlights a satirical web series that combats the the violent, genocidal regime of Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir; Celia Peterson’s The Good Struggle, which profiles monks at a Greek Orthodox monastery in Lebanon; and Anayansi Prado and Heather Courtney’s The Unafraid, which tells the stories of three DACA students as they work for immigrant rights after being banned from attending Georgia’s top universities.
Meanwhile, the Invited Program will see the world premieres of Anne de Mare’s Capturing the Flag, journaling three friends travels to North Carolina during the 2016 U.S. presidential election to do voter protection work at the polls; and Hugo Berkeley‘s archive driven The Jazz Ambassadors, which features some of the greatest jazz musicians promoting global democracy during the Cold War.
Festival circuit favorites also screening in the Invited Program are Robert Greene‘s Bisbee ’17; Sara Driver’s Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat; Sam Pollard’s Maynard; Barbara Kopple‘s A Murder in Mansfield; Alexandria Bombach’s On Her Shoulders; Betsy West and Julie Cohen‘s RBG; Matt Tyrnauer‘s Studio 54; and Morgan Neville‘s Won’t You Be My Neighbor?.
As previously announced, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger will curate the 2018 Thematic Program (crime and punishment), and the festival will honor Emmy-winning director Jehane Noujaim‘s body of work with the 2018 Tribute.
“I am overwhelmed by the stories, artistry, and people presented in this year’s program,” said Full Frame artistic director Sadie Tillery in a statement. “They are a reminder of the extraordinary ways documentary encourages us to look up and out at the world around us and invites us to examine essential questions about our own personal beliefs, actions, and values. I am grateful to the filmmakers for allowing Full Frame to share their outstanding work.”
The festival’s opening and closing night films, the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant, and other special free screenings will be announced with the full schedule of events on March 15.
For a complete list of the films screening in the New Docs and Invited programs, along with those in the Crime and Punishment Thematic Program and the Jehane Noujaim tribute, please click here.