"112 Weddings"
Zeitgeist Doug Block's "112 Weddings."

Documentaries rely heavily on festivals to obtain the much-needed attention of distribution companies. And few doc festivals carry as much prestige as the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, which will be celebrating its 17th year from April 3-6 and has just announced its "Invited Program" and "NEW DOCS" lineup of new feature and short films.

Opening the festival is acclaimed director Doug Block’s documentary “112 Weddings,” which is set to have its world premiere. The film, an HBO documentary feature, is described as "a heartwarming examination of the struggles and joys that come with lifelong partnership." After two decades filming weddings part-time, Block revisits couples years after the big day in order to see how love and life have unfolded after vows.

Full Frame, a qualifying event for consideration for the nominations for both the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject and the Producers Guild of America Awards, features 21 films screening out of competition in its "Invited Program." Within this list are the festival’s “Center Frame” screenings, which feature moderated panel discussions following the films and take place in Fletcher Hall at the Carolina Theatre. The “NEW DOCS” program includes 48 titles (33 features and 15 shorts) from across the United States and around the world, selected from over 1,200 submissions, including 10 World and 10 North American Premieres. 

Director of Programming Sadie Tillery stated, “I’m inspired by the quality of the filmmaking and the wide breadth of subject matter represented in these works. I’m also proud that a number of vibrant films will be having their debuts at Full Frame.” Specific screening times and venues will be announced with the release of the full schedule on March 13th.

Check out the lineup below:

Invited Program

112 Weddings (Director: Doug Block)
Documentary filmmaker and part-time wedding videographer Doug Block tracks down couples he’s filmed over the years, contrasting past with present to see how love and life have unfolded after vows. World Premiere

20,000 Days on Earth (Directors: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard)
Equal parts document and daydream, Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth’s innovative film features the inimitable Nick Cave in a series of revelatory and imaginative vignettes.

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq (Director: Nancy Buirski)
Tanaquil Le Clercq inspired choreographers unlike any ballerina before her, but in 1956, at the height of her fame, she was stricken with polio. A mesmerizing film of love, loss, and surprising grace.

Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory (Director: Michael Rossato-Bennett)
When a social worker discovers that music can unlock the memories of patients whose minds are clouded by dementia, he embarks on a mission to transform lives one iPod at a time.

The Battered Bastards of Baseball (Directors: Chapman Way, Maclain Way)
A celebratory portrait of the Portland Mavericks, who joined the minor leagues in 1973 as the lone single-A team without a major-league affiliation.

The Case Against 8 (Directors: Ben Cotner, Ryan White)
This behind-the-scenes film, shot over five years, follows the unlikely team who fought to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage, and won.

E-Team (Directors: Katy Chevigny, Ross Kauffman)
Four fearless activists from the Human Rights Watch’s Emergency Team take us to the frontlines of Syria and Libya as they investigate and document war crimes.

Freedom Summer (Director: Stanley Nelson)
Remarkable archival footage and unforgettable eyewitness accounts take us back to the summer of 1964, when hundreds of civil rights activists entered Mississippi to help enfranchise the state’s African American citizens.
The Green Prince
(Director: Nadav Schirman)
A real-life thriller about the complex relationship between a Palestinian spy and his Israeli Shin Bet handler.

Ivory Tower (Director: Andrew Rossi)
Is a college degree worth the price? This sweeping examination of higher education questions the value of college in an era of rising tuition costs and staggering student debt.

Last Days in Vietnam (Director: Rory Kennedy)
Historical footage and reflections by U.S. diplomats and soldiers transport us to Saigon in April 1975 and the moral quandaries surrounding the order to evacuate American citizens only.

The Missing Picture (Director: Rithy Panh)
This deeply poetic and personal document uses hundreds of clay figurines—as so few photos exist—to recreate events and validate memories of the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.

My Prairie Home (Director: Chelsea McMullan)
Transgender singer-songwriter Rae Spoon tours Canada in this impressionistic merging of dreamy music videos and intimate interviews.

No More Road Trips? (Director: Rick Prelinger)
Compiled from hundreds of home movies to create a dream ride across 20th-century America, this mixtape’s soundtrack and narration is provided by the audience.

One Cut, One Life (Directors: Lucia Small, Ed Pincus)
Two filmmakers undertake the making of a very personal documentary when one of them is diagnosed with a terminal illness, approaching matters of life and death with profound honesty. World Premiere

Our Man in Tehran (Directors: Drew Taylor, Larry Weinstein)
This riveting film recounts Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor’s role in the high-risk rescue of six Americans from Tehran during the Iran hostage crisis. US Premiere

Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa (Director: Abby Ginzberg)
Lawyer, writer, art lover and freedom fighter Albie Sachs fights to overthrow South Africa’s apartheid regime. World Premiere

Supermensch (Director: Mike Myers)
As entertaining as it is heartfelt, this star-studded film celebrates the adventurous life of talent manager, producer, and dealmaker extraordinaire Shep Gordon.

Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (Director: Thomas Allen Harris)

This invaluable document is a journey through the African American family photo album: its political, social, and artistic history; its stories of loss, self-invention, community, and beauty.

The Visitors (Director: Godfrey Reggio)
Stunning black-and-white images set to a score by Philip Glass propel this visceral rumination on humanity’s relationship with an increasingly digital world.

WHITEY: United States of America V. James J. Bulger (Director: Joe Berlinger)
This true-crime doc examines the sensationalized trial of a notorious South Boston gangster and brings new allegations of law-enforcement corruption to light.