Downtown Durham was a beehive of activity this past weekend as thousands gathered at 3 major venues, and without a doubt, many smaller ones too. The Durham Bulls opened their AAA baseball season in their newly renovated beautiful ballpark in perfect baseball weather. The Durham Performing Arts center played host to Chelsea Handler and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival enjoyed its’ 17th successful run at the Durham Convention Center and Carolina Theater.
Full Frame attracts thousands of film lovers from across the country to view over 100 documentaries, many U.S., N. American or World premiers! The weekend included a tribute to filmmaker Steve James, probably best known for his feature film of 20 years ago, “Hoop Dreams”. The 2014 Thematic Program showings revolved around approaches to character.
48 films were featured in the “New Films” category as well as 22 in the “Invited Programming” section. Many of the film makers and main subjects of the documentaries were in attendance and conducted Q&A sessions afterward, which is a truly enlightening and unique experience. If you haven’t yet attended, or want to get make sure you can come back next year, get it on your calendar now for April 9-12, 2015. It is a don’t miss festival right in our backyard!