Students meet Burns,
see films at Full Frame


School of Communications faculty member Brooke Barnett and staff member J. McMerty led a group of 25 students to take part in all four days of the 2004 Full Frame Film Festival in Durham. The group included students enrolled in the course The Documentary this semester, in addition to a number of Communications Fellows.

During the course of the festival, Elon students met accomplished documentary film professional Ken Burns (who discussed and showed a work in progress, "Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson"), visited with actor/writer Harry Shearer ("This is Spinal Tap," "A Mighty Wind") and heard a talk with documentary film professional Michael Moore ("Roger and Me," "Bowling for Columbine"). The festival featured more than 100 films; Elon students viewed at least 25 films each in the course of the event.

The Full Frame festival is set in the historic Carolina Theatre and nearby Durham locations, less than an hour from Elon. It attracts thousands of filmmakers and film lovers annually. Programmers for the festival offer a morning-to-late-night mix of films, parties, discussions and tributes, all in the service of independent films and the documentary format - reflections of reality.

The festival's New Docs: Films in Competition division attracts many strong submissions, sold-out shows and enthusiastic press. In 2003, more than 730 films and videos were submitted from around the world.

Marcel Ophuls, ("Hotel Terminus," "The Sorrow and the Pity") was awarded the 2004 festival's Career Award. The festival's guest curator Mary Lea Bandy, chief curator for the Museum of Modern Art's Department of Film and Video, assembled a special group of films to illustrate both the artistic and historic implications of hybrid filmmaking. In addition to that thematic program, fascinating stories dealing with southern politics were told in the festival's traditional Southern Sidebar, curated by Paul Stekler.

To read more about the festival, click here.



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