This year’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will honor two-time Academy Award-nominated documentary director/producer/cinematographer/editor Marshall Curry with the 2015 Tribute Award. The festival will present a retrospective of his work, along with a film series focusing on the complex moral questions around documentation, which will be curated by prolific and decorated documentary director/producer, Jennifer Baichwal.
Curry, whose most recent film “Point and Shoot” won Best Documentary at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, said of the announcement, “Full Frame is where I had the first showing of my first film, ‘Street Fight.’ […] I have a fond memory of pacing around outside the theater, nervously trying to keep from throwing up. […] It’s a magical festival, well curated, with a warm and generous spirit.”
On her series on the ethics of representation in documentary film (the films she has selected, along with the Tribute films, will be announced in March), Baichwal said, “The ethics and politics of representation have preoccupied me since I started making films two decades ago. […] It came to a head in 2003 with The True Meaning of Pictures. I realized that by showing the photographs of Shelby Lee Adams in our film, we were subject to exactly the same criticism leveled against him for taking them. And I knew we had to address this in some way beyond having people argue about whether the representation was ethical or not. I also realized that there is no overall rule for tackling these issues: each context, each situation, demands its own complex, delicate, honest, ethical approach.”
The 18th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will take place April 9-12 in Durham, North Carolina.