Full Frame announces thematic and tribute programs

Feb. 12, 2014 @ 03:36 PM

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced its annual Thematic Program and Tribute Program. The Full Frame Tribute will celebrate the work of award-winning filmmaker Steve James, who directed “Hoop Dreams.” The 2014 Thematic Program will look at the role of the subject in documentary film through a series of films curated by filmmaker Lucy Walker, director of “Waste Land” and other documentaries.

Walker is a British film director who has twice been nominated for an Academy Award. Her Oscar-nominated film “Waste Land” won the 2010 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Audience Award. Her other feature documentaries include “The Crash Reel,” “Countdown to Zero,” “Blindsight,” and “Devil's Playground.” She has also directed several short documentaries, including “The Lion’s Mouth Opens,” which recently premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, as well as the Oscar-nominated “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom.” Her films have been nominated for seven Emmys, an Independent Spirit Award and a Gotham Award, and have won more than 80 other film awards.

The festival will honor James with a retrospective of his work. James produced and directed “Hoop Dreams,” winner of every major critics’ prize including a Peabody and Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. Other films include “Stevie,” which won IDFA’s grand jury prize; the miniseries “The New Americans;” Tribeca Grand Prize-winner “The War Tapes,” which James produced and edited; “At the Death House Door,” which won numerous festival awards; “No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson;” and “The Interrupters.” James’ most recent documentary on the life and career of critic Roger Ebert, “Life Itself,” premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. 

Both Walker and James will attend the festival. Specific titles for the Thematic Program and Full Frame Tribute, along with additional attending guests, will be announced in March.

The 17th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be April 3-6, 2014,  with Duke University as the presenting sponsor. The complete schedule of films will be announced March 13. Festival passes are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.fullframefest.org. Individual tickets go on sale March 27.