Full Frame to screen 71 new documentaries in competition

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will present 71 new titles in competition during the 20th anniversary festival to be held April 6-9.

The New Docs program includes 48 titles — 27 features and 21 shorts — selected from over 1,750 submissions from around the globe. These films are eligible for the Full Frame Audience Award and are shortlisted for a variety of additional juried awards offering a combined value of over $50,000 in cash prizes. Award winners will be announced at the annual Awards Barbecue April 9.

The Invited Program features 23 films — 22 features and 1 short — screening out of competition. Included in this program are the festival’s Center Frame screenings, which take place in Fletcher Hall at the Carolina Theatre and include moderated discussions following the films.

The opening night film, closing night film, Center Frame programs, and other free screenings will be announced with the full schedule of events Thursday. Individual tickets go on sale March 30 and can be purchased online at

Here is a partial list of New Docs films (synopses provided by Full Frame):

▪  “116 Cameras” (Director: Davina Pardo). Surrounded by a twinkling constellation of cameras, Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss records her stories for an interactive hologram project, preserving her experience for future generations.

▪  “All Skate, Everybody Skate” (Director: Nicole Triche). Tucked away in Topsail Island, North Carolina, Miss Doris’ roller skating rink pops with energy as she leads her customers in games and skates, as she’s done for over 50 years.

▪  “The Force” (Director: Peter Nicks). An on-the-ground look at the Oakland Police Department during a period of intense scrutiny and reform, as a new sergeant aims to correct protocol in the wake of charges of misconduct and abuse.

▪ “Last Men in Aleppo” (Director: Feras Fayyad). This film follows the White Helmets’ unrelenting efforts to save fellow Syrians. When air strikes devastate homes, they descend on the wreckage to rescue buried men, women, and children, refusing to leave their people or their city behind.

▪  “One October” (Director: Rachel Shuman). Filmed in the final weeks of the 2008 presidential campaigns, this city symphony follows a radio reporter as he takes to the streets to invite fellow New Yorkers to share their thoughts and opinions in a time of great uncertainty.

▪  “Slowerblack” (Director: Jessica Edwards). A hand-poke tattoo artist in Brooklyn reflects on her unique style and approach to inking.

▪  “The Submarine” (Director: Wenceslao Scyzoryk). A 95-year-old cinematographer returns to his lab each day to perfect his invention — a machine that repairs celluloid damage.

▪  “Timberline” (Director: Elaine McMillion Sheldon). This short documents a West Virginia town caught between transitional pressures: an abandoned naval base is up for auction, and the NSA occupies a station just down the road. What will become of the locals for whom this place is home?

▪  “Waiting for Hassana” (Director: Ifunanya Maduka). Jessica, an escapee, recollects a friendship shattered by the 2014 kidnapping of 276 Nigerian girls by the Boko Haram.

▪  “Zuzana: Music Is Life” (Directors: Peter Getzels, Harriet Getzels). The life story of eminent Czech harpsichordist Zuzana Ruzickowva transcends the personal in a deeply affecting look at the redemptive power of art throughout the Czech Republic’s turbulent 20th century.