A Preview of the 2008 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

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The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival kicks off this week in Durham, North Carolina. Now in its eleventh year, the festival brings filmmakers and film lovers to the historic Carolina Theater for four days of documentaries — and it’s become one of the most celebrated doc festivals in the country. This year’s roster includes work by more than 100 filmmakers, including Werner Herzog and Chantal Akerman.
Check out the list of all the films to be presented at Full Frame at the festival’s website.

POV filmmakers — past and present — will be presenting their latest projects at Full Frame. You can catch a preview of some of the films we’ll be airing this summer and next, including Nerakhoon (The Betrayal) by Ellen Kuras (POV 2009), Calavera Highway by Renee Tajima-Peña and Evangeline Griego (POV 2008), Up the Yangtze by Yung Chang (POV 2008), and The Last Conquistador by John Valadez and Cristina Ibarra (POV 2008).

Films by POV alums at Full Frame this year include Beginning Filmmaking by Jay Rosenblatt (I Used to Be a Filmmaker, POV 2005), Full Battle Rattle by Tony Gerber and Jesse Moss (Speedo, POV 2004), and Life . Support . Music by Eric Daniel Metzgar (The Chances of the World Changing, POV 2007).

POV alum Lourdes Portillo (Señorita Extraviada, POV 2002) has curated a special slate of films for the festival this year, under the title of Migrations. In her essay about these films on Full Frame’s website, Portillo wrotes:

…[T]hese films underscore the heritage of the unsung heroes of the open road and seas, helping us realize that we are all on this journey of discovery. It is an adventure, a trial and an exhilarating re-examination of who we ultimately are as human beings, in a state of constant movement and migration. The documentaries chosen here allow us to experience these journeys intimately, to partake in their joys and sorrows, giving us the gift of greater understanding.

Films in the Migration series include Deborah Hoffman‘s Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter (POV 1995), and Sewing Woman by two-time POV alum Arthur Dong (Family Fundamentals, POV 2003, and Licensed to Kill, POV 1998).
If you’ll be in Durham, check out all of these films and much much more. Also, please say hello to POV series producer, Yance Ford. She’ll be watching films, meeting with filmmakers and blogging about the festival.

Catherine Jhee
Catherine Jhee
Catherine Jhee was formerly a producer with POV Interactive.