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Durham's DoubleTake Documentary Festival Offers Four Days of Films

Posted May 15, 2001 6:08 a.m. EDT

— The seats inside Durham's Carolina Theater are expected to be full over the next four days. That is when more than 5,000 people are expected to attend the largest documentary film festival in America.

More than 100 documentaries will be shown Thursday through Sunday during the 4th annualDoubleTake Documentary Film Festival.

"It's a wonderful mixture of films from all over the world," says festival director Nancy Buirski.

Films include the opening night screening of "The Press Secretary", which organizers describe as the real story of the TV series, "The West Wing."

"It is a look at the real world of Joe Lockhardt, the former press secretary in the Clinton White House," explains Buirski.

Lockhardt will attend Thursday night's screening to talk to viewers.

More than 500 films were sent to the festival this year -- the most ever. The lucky 100 that will be shown includes a documentary called"Startup.com."

Viewers will not only be entertained by the documentaries, they are encouraged to talk about them afterwards.

"With most of these films, the filmmakers come with them. They do Q&As, they will be part of panels and our community will have an opportunity to interact with filmmakers and learn about their passion," says the festival director.

Some of the discussions include a debate on the line between documentary and reality television. Nightline correspondent Robert Krulwich will moderate a symposium.

Two special tributes are also planned. Some say the worst thing about this festival is that it is impossible to see and do everything.