Durham, N.C. — The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival kicks off April 9 at Carolina Theatre's Fletcher Hall with a screening of "Meru," a film about an elite climbing team's attempt to ascend Shark's Fin on Mount Meru.
The directors of the film, Jimmy Chin and E. Chai Vasarhelyi, will be on hand to speak about the screening.
"Meru" is among a stellar list of programming for this year's festival.
Three films will be exhibited as "Center Frame screenings" at Carolina Theatre's Fletcher Hall:
- "3 1/2 Minutes" by Marc Silver.
- "Harry & Snowman" by Ron Davis
- "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" by Stanley Nelson
The filmmakers and the subjects of the films will be on hand for conversations after the screenings.
The festival closes with "Sunshine Superman," directed by Marah Strauch, on Sunday, April 12.
There will be four free screenings in addition to the closing night film, continuing its tradition of free screenings Friday and Saturday nights.
"Love is All" and "Dinosaur 13" will each screen twice: once indoors at the Full Frame Theater in the Power Plant at American Tobacco Campus and once outdoors at Durham Central Park. Food truck roundups will precede the Durham Central Park showings on Friday and Saturday nights.
This year's recipients of the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant, awarded to first-time filmmakers, are Ted Passon for "The Trial of Mumia Abu-Jamal," and to Elisa Haradon and Gabriel Miller for "Sweetheart Deal."
Short excepts from their works-in-progress will be aired prior to the screening of "(T)ERROR" by David Felix Sutcliffe and 2013 grant recipient Lyric R. Cabral.
Another free event to check out - the Fresh Docs program, which will showcase excerpts from the "Farmer Veteran" directed by Alix Blair and Jeremy Lange. A moderated conversation with filmmakers will follow.
Tickets for the festival go on sale April 2 on the Full Frame website.