Durham festival celebrates 20th year

April 4, 2017 by  

This year, two free parties mark Durham’s 20th consecutive Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

Included in the 2017 Full Frame Festival’s schedule of events is a Late Night Birthday Bash to open the event, and a Closing Night Party on the last day. The parties, each of which will be held at the 21c Museum Hotel, feature a local DJ and cash bar and are open to the public at no charge.

In years past, a festival theme has been chosen focusing on an area of interest. This year, with the likely assistance of brochure printers, the emphasis will be on the past 20 years of the Full Frame Festival. Artistic Director Sadie Tillery will curate the event, which will be a retrospective tribute of many of the most notable filmmakers and films the festival has featured since 1998.

Each year, a prestigious Advocate Award is presented in recognition of an individual’s dedication to the documentary community and the festival. This year’s recipient is Richard H. Brodhead, president of Duke University, whose 13-year tenure featured a flourishing arts program. Moreover, Brodhead engaged in bridgebuilding between the city of Durham, Duke, the festival, and the public.

The Full Frame Festival runs April 6 through April 9. In addition to the parties bookending the event, free panel discussions will occur on this Friday and Saturday on the 2nd floor of The Durham Hotel.