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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Reveals 2013 Slate

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by Beth Hanna
March 7, 2013 2:56 PM
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12 O'Clock Boys (Director: Lotfy Nathan)

A struggling adolescent seeks acceptance from a group of extreme dirt bikers, an illegal gang seen to be terrorizing the streets of Baltimore.

 

After Tiller (Directors: Martha Shane, Lana Wilson)

After the murder of their friend and colleague Dr. George Tiller, only four physicians continue to perform late-term abortions, risking their lives for women’s right to choose.

 

AKA Doc Pomus (Directors: Peter Miller, Will Hechter)

This biopic celebrates blues legend Doc Pomus, AKA Jerome Felder, a man who didn’t just write “Lonely Avenue” but lived it.

 

American Promise (Directors: Michèle Stephenson, Joe Brewster)

This personal film follows the directors’ son and his best friend from their first day of kindergarten through high school graduation, and how their lives diverge.

 

Ash (Director: Nathan S. Duncan)                            

This moody, experimental portrait of Austin State Hospital’s vacated spaces is a ghostly memorial to the patients who once stayed there.  World Premiere

 

The Baby (De Baby) (Director: Deborah van Dam)                            

As one woman pieces together the fragmented memories of her childhood, she finds herself linked to a photograph of Anne Frank holding an infant girl. North American Premiere

 

Battery Man (Biba Struja) (Directors: Dusan Cavic, Dusan Saponja)

“Electricity has no friends but me.” The story of a (super)man who can withstand, and control, up to 20,000 volts of electricity.

 

Black Out (Director: Eva Weber)                               

With no power at home, Guinean children walk miles to study for exams beneath the humming glow of airport, gas station, and parking lot lights. North American Premiere

 

Blood Brother (Director: Steve Hoover)

A man's life is changed forever when he travels to India and realizes he cannot leave the children he has met at an orphanage behind.

 

Buzkashi! (Director: Najeeb Mirza)

A visually stunning film in which a Tajikistani shepherd must confront momentous changes both at home and in his beloved sport of Buzkashi.

 

By Her Side (Ik stond erbij) (Director: Niels van Koevorden)        

Three fathers-to-be share their hopes, dreams, and anxieties as they anticipate the birth of their children. North American Premiere

 

Camera/Woman (Director: Karima Zoubir)                          

A Moroccan divorcée supports her family by documenting wedding parties while navigating her own series of heartaches. North American Premiere

 

Cutie and the Boxer (Director: Zachary Heinzerling)

The tension between an artist and his supportive wife of forty years is further strained when a curator expresses interest in her work.

 

Dance for Me (Dans for mig) (Director: Katrine Philp)     

A teenage Russian dancer relocates to Denmark to live with his adolescent partner so they can prepare for a series of prestigious ballroom championships. North American Premiere

 

Downloaded (Director: Alex Winter)

The history of Napster, from its humble chatroom beginnings to its takedown at the hands of a music industry that didn’t know what hit it.

 

The Expedition to the End of the World (Ekspeditionen til verdens ende) (Director: Daniel Dencik)

A motley collection of scientists and artists board a restored three-mast schooner and set out for uncharted territory, engaging in equal measures of exploration and whimsy.

 

Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story (Director: Brad Bernstein)

Expect the unexpected from this outré graphic artist, erotic illustrator, and revolutionary children’s book author and his unconventional views.

 

First Comes Love (Director: Nina Davenport)

In this autobiographical portrait, Nina Davenport boldly lays bare the hardships and triumphs of her journey toward single motherhood in a modern age.

 

God Loves Uganda (Director: Roger Ross Williams)

American Christian evangelists export virulent anti-gay teachings to Sub-Saharan Africa with deadly consequences.

 

Good Ol’ Freda (Director: Ryan White)

Liverpudlian teenager Freda Kelly was the Beatles secretary and tells “one of the last true stories of the Beatles you’ll ever hear.”

 

Homegoings (Director: Christine Turner)

This film explores the mind of a man whose heart and passion for the dead inspires our own appreciation for the human soul.

 

Irish Folk Furniture (Director: Tony Donoghue)

Spirited animation brings handmade furniture to life in this colorful and delightfully quirky slice of rural Ireland.

 

Magnetic Reconnection (Director: Kyle Armstrong)

The Canadian Arctic is the terrestrial, and extraterrestrial, setting for a contemplative survey of transience, from generations-old decay to fleeting particles of light.

 

Maidentrip (Director: Jillian Schlesinger)

Follow teenager Laura Dekker across three oceans and five continents on her journey to become the youngest person to sail around the world—alone.

 

Medora (Directors: Andrew Cohn, Davy Rothbart)

In Indiana, a high school basketball team on a 44-game losing streak isn’t reaching for the championship—they just want to win a single game.

 

Menstrual Man (Director: Amit Virmani)              

A microenterpreneur has a dream: to reduce gynecological diseases among rural Indian women by teaching them to make, and sell, sanitary pads. World Premiere

 

Muscle Shoals (Director: Greg 'Freddy' Camalier)

There is more than meets the ear in these vivid and surprising accounts of performance and perseverance in the Muscle Shoals, Alabama, music scene.

 

Nile Perch (Director: Josh Gibson)

An austere and contemplative observation of Lake Victoria fishermen rendered in arresting chiaroscuro.

 

Our Nixon (Director: Penny Lane)

Super 8 footage by Oval Office intimates Haldeman, Ehlrichman, and Chapin deliver an astonishingly fresh view of the Nixon White House.

 

Outlawed in Pakistan (Directors: Habiba Nosheen, Hilke Schellmann)

After a young woman is brutally raped, her family overcomes severe social customs and tribal norms in order to take her case to trial.

 

Pablo’s Winter (Director: Chico Pereira)

Former Almadén mercury miner Pablo spends his halcyon days cursing, kvetching, and chain-smoking to the chagrin of his wife and his doctor.

 

The Palace (Director: Tomasz Wolski)

A fascinating and witty cinematic portrait of a gigantic Soviet-era edifice and its denizens in Warsaw, Poland.

 

The Pleasures of Being Out of Step (Director: David L. Lewis)      

This non-linear profile of jazz critic Nat Hentoff is laced with music and illuminates the civil libertarian’s enduring influence. World Premiere

 

Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer (Directors: Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin)

The titular band’s controversial performance and subsequent imprisonment are documented in this revealing portrait of the women and their cause.

 

Reborning (Directors: Yael Bridge, Helen Hood Scheer)

The story of one woman’s calling to create dolls that look exactly like newborn babies.

 

The Record Breaker (Director: Brian McGinn)

Even though he holds more Guinness Book of World Records than anyone else on the planet, Ashrita Furman is not slowing down.

 

Remote Area Medical (Directors: Jeff Reichert, Farihah Zaman)

Over the course of one weekend, RAM's dedicated team sets up a “pop-up” clinic at a NASCAR speedway to provide no-cost, accessible healthcare to people in need. World Premiere

 

A River Changes Course (Director: Kalyanee Mam)

Is convenience progress? A beautiful and heartbreaking vérité look at three families subsisting in (what may be the end of) rural Cambodia.

 

Slomo (Director: Josh Izenberg)

A wealthy neurologist leaves the rat race behind and gracefully skates his way, on one foot, to spiritual fulfillment.

 

Spinning Plates (Director: Joseph Levy)

From a small cocina to a mecca for country dining to a three-star restaurant in Chicago, this film celebrates our passion for eating out.

 

A Story for the Modlins (Director: Sergio Oksman)

After discovering a stranger’s box of family photos on the sidewalk, Oksman pieces together a sketch of the Modlins’ bizarre lives.

 

Suitcase of Love and Shame (Director: Jane Gillooly)

This experimental film reconstructs a mid-century love affair using erotically charged correspondence left behind on reel-to-reel tape.  North American Premiere

Taxidermists (Director: Nicole Triche)

This story of artists who love wildlife culminates in the “Olympics of taxidermy” and presents some of the most breathtaking animal sculptures ever captured on film.

 

True-Life Adventure (Director: Erin Espelie)                        

A dramatic four-minute nature documentary chronicling what happens in a tiny area of a Rocky Mountain stream on a lovely June afternoon. North American Premiere

 

Twenty Feet from Stardom (Director: Morgan Neville)

Backup singers, the unsung heroes of pop music, finally get their moment in the spotlight in this jubilant history and appreciation.

 

The Undocumented (Director: Marco Williams)

An unvarnished account of the repatriation of the remains of immigrants who died crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in the Arizona desert. World Premiere

 

A Will for the Woods (Directors: Amy Browne, Jeremy Kaplan, Tony Hale, Brian Wilson)

This film explores the green burial movement by focusing on one man’s quest for a final resting place that will do no harm to the earth. World Premiere

 

Wolf Mountain (Directors: Dan Duran, Brendan Nahmias, Sam Price-Waldman)

At Wolf Mountain Sanctuary in the Mojave Desert, Tonya Littlewolf literally runs with the wolves, those that were born in captivity and are unsuited for life as pets or in the wild.

 

Wrong Time Wrong Place (Director: John Appel)              

Survivors of the 2011 bombing and mass shooting in Norway recount the day’s tragic events in this look at how chance circumstances can have profound consequences. North American Premiere

 

You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Director: Scott Calonico)

Diplomacy, arm-twisting, and gastronomy as lifted from LBJ’s daily diaries and recorded phone conversations and animated by archival photographs.

 

Yucca Mtn Tally (Director: Phoebe Brush)

An artful reflection on a nuclear waste repository in the Nevada desert is filmed against a backdrop of boundless horizon and thoughts about deep time.


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