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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Announces 2015 Award Winners


The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced the 2015 festival award recipients. Full Frame is a qualifying event for consideration for nominations for both the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject and The Producers Guild of America Awards.

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (18th Annual Edition)

The Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award was presented to Kings of Nowhere, directed by Betzabé Garcia, and (T)ERROR, directed by Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe. Thanks to the generosity of the Reva and David Logan Foundation, each film will receive the full award amount of $10,000.

In the poetically and patiently photographed Kings of Nowhere, a handful of residents stay their ground after a flood leaves their Mexican village semi-submerged.

In (T)ERROR, FBI informant “Shariff” grants filmmakers unprecedented access as he engages in a counterterrorism sting against a white Muslim man, illuminating the controversial methods employed in the government’s war on terror.

The Jury, Marilyn Ness, Sam Pollard, and Bernardo Ruiz, stated, “We are very pleased to honor two important films deserving of greater attention on an international stage, both of which speak to the heart of documentary storytelling in unique and compelling ways. With remarkably assured direction, especially from a first-time filmmaker, Kings of Nowhere delivers artful and thoughtfully paced storytelling. Though Kings of Nowhere on its face appears to be a local story, in fact it speaks to universal themes confronting humanity worldwide: people abandoned by their governments, facing unimaginable violence, and enduring neglect. Kings of Nowhere represents its characters with dignity and depth and it does so at the highest levels of our craft. But we also wanted to acknowledge the different ways in which films can take risks. With exceptional access, the two filmmakers of (T)ERROR took great personal risks to highlight an urgent issue in the United States while navigating complex journalistic and ethical terrain.”

Overview of the 2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Award Winners:

The Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award
KINGS OF NOWHERE | directed by Betzabé Garcia
(T)ERROR | directed by Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe

Full Frame Jury Award for Best Short
LAST DAY OF FREEDOM | directed by Nomi Talisman and Dee Hibbert-Jones

Full Frame Audience Award—Feature
HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO | directed by Alexandra Shiva

Full Frame Audience Award—Short
GIOVANNI AND THE WATER BALLET | directed by Astrid Bussink

Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award
LAST DAY OF FREEDOM | directed by Nomi Talisman and Dee Hibbert-Jones

Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award
TOCANDO LA LUZ (TOUCH THE LIGHT) | directed by Jennifer Redfearn

Full Frame Inspiration Award
THE STORM MAKERS | directed by Guillaume Suon

The Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights

PEACE OFFICER | directed by Brad Barber and Scott Christopherson

The Nicholas School Environmental Award
GOOD THINGS AWAIT | directed by Phie Ambo

Honorable Mention:
OVERBURDEN | directed by Chad A. Stevens

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, N.C., for a four-day, morning to midnight array of over 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and southern hospitality. Set within a four-block radius, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation between filmmakers, film professionals, and the general public.

Source: Full Frame Documentary Film Festival