Full Frame Doc Festival Opening with World Premiere of “Seabiscuit”
by Brian Brooks
One of North America’s largest doc events, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has unveiled its 2003 schedule of films, events and parties beginning April 10th with the world premiere of Stephen Ives’ “Seabiscuit.” The film recounts the life of the thoroughbred racehorse Seabiscuit from very ordinary beginnings through his winning race against triple-crown winner, War Admiral. A “party under the stars” will follow the film. The festival, which continues through April 13th, will host 12 world premieres including Rebecca Cerese’s “February One,” about a February 1960 sit-in by four college students that is regarded as a pivotal moment of the Civil Rights movement.
Also world premiering at the festival is “Open Hearted” by Marc Ostrick. It captures the filmmaker’s arduous task of readying, undergoing and healing from his third open-heart surgery at 27 years old. Along the way, he must contend with mortality and his divorced parents who have not seen one another in years. “Stevie” by Steve James, which is nominated for a best documentary Spirit Award, will also screen during the fest.
On the political front, Full Frame will screen Lourdes Portillo’s 1986 Oscar-nominated film, “Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo.” The film captures a movement lead by Argentine mothers who held a constant vigil in front of the country’s presidential palace demanding to know the whereabouts of 30,000 people who disappeared during the nation’s military rule in the ’70s and ’80s. “The World As We Know It” by John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson tells the horrors of war and Jos de Putter’s “The Damned and the Sacred” gives a heart-wrenching account of a children’s dance group in Chechnya, and their message.
Jeremy Simmons’ “Homo High, TX” gives a year in the life of a gay and lesbian high school in Dallas, TX with the stories of eight students from around the South, while “Flag Wars” by Goode Bryant and Laura Poitras captures the conflict resulting from gay white professionals who move into a black working class area of Columbus, OH.
Full Frame will also host panels including “Leadership through a Gender Lens Symposium” moderated by Marie Wilson and Chris Hegedus and “The Independent Filmmaker: How Independent Should you Stay?” Also on tap is an “Evening with Jonathan Demme,” with excerpts from “The Argronomist,” introduced by Walter Mosley. Formerly the Double Take Documentary Film Festival, the event was founded in 1998 by Nancy Buirski and is presented with the New York Times in Durham, North Carolina.
[For more information, please visit: http://www.fullframefest.org/.]