Full Frame Sets Full Slate of Docs for April Fest
by Brian Brooks
North Carolina's Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has released its 2004 slate of 97 titles to be screened during the event's five day run, taking place April 1-4. Among the films, 67 will be shown in competition in addition to 30 others taking part in the fest as curated programs. Sundance favorites such as Morgan Spurlock's "Super Size Me" as well as Catherine Tambini & Carlos Sandoval's "Farmingville" are set for the program, in addition to Ross Kauffman & Zana Briski's "Born into Brothels," Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky's "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" and others. In all, 51 world, North American, U.S., East Soast, and Southeast premieres are set for the event which will take place at the Carolina Theater and other venues in Durham.
"Alone Across Australia" by Jon Muir and Ian Darling will be among the world premieres. The film focuses on Muir's perilous trek through Australia on foot and his reliance on instinct for survival. Polish doc "Bar at Victoria Station" by Leszek Dawid follows two 30 year-old men who go to London in search of work after giving up on any home prospects. John Sullivan's "Home of the Brave - Land of the Free" (North American premiere) takes a look at how the US Special Forces operate in Afghanistan, through the lenses of a Norwegian film crew, while the world premiere of Curtis Levy's "The President vs. David Hicks" examines the conflict from a different viewpoint, focusing on the case of a young Australian who traveled to Afghanistan to study under the Taliban, only to be captured by American forces and sent to Guantanamo Bay for imprisonment, where he remains today.
"We have screened over 700 films this year and have seen more international entries than ever before," commented Full Frame executive director Nancy Buirski in a prepared statement. "It is always one of the most rewarding, yet most difficult parts of running this festival - seeing the new films and selecting a roster we feel will spark passion in our audiences and debate at our panels."
As previously announced, Full Frame has partnered with Emerging Pictures to nationally syndicate the event via a digital cinema network in as many as 20 cities.
[ For more information, please visit: http://www.fullframefest.org. ]