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.
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.
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.
("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.
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