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Wish y'all could get to the Full Frame Documentary Festival

I haven’t made it to the first two days, but Kate and I will be heading to the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival right here in Durham, NC at the historic Carolina Theatre. It is one of the best events of its kind (I also look forward to the NC Gay and Lesbian Film Fest, another huge draw here every year).

Here are some of the films on the schedule that we plan to catch …

Same Sex America
(2005. 90mins. A Film by Henry Corra and Charlene
Rule. Presented by Showtime.)
On May 17, 2004, same sex marriage became legal in the state of Massachusetts. This film follows seven couples as they make wedding plans in the weeks leading up to and following that historic date. Against a background of last-minute political maneuvering, religious controversy, civil rights debates and a Presidential election, these men and women talk about why they have decided to marry and what “making it legal” means for them and their families. – AT
World Premiere
Q&A; Following Screening

And You Don’t Stop: 30 Years of Hip Hop – Back in the Day
(2004. 44 mins. Directed by Dana Heinz Perry. Produced by Dana Heinz Perry; Bill Adler. Executive Produced by Russell Simmons, Brad Abramson and Michael Hirschorn. A Production of Perry Films in association with VH1.)

Let’s take a trip down memory lane. The year is 1980. Reagan has just taken office, blight plagues the inner city and a new musical genre is being born. With gritty archival footage and a pulsating, nostalgic soundtrack, And You Don’t Stop, the first part in a series devoted to the history of Hip Hop, drops the viewer off in New York City ‘s South Bronx just as this new musical form and its larger cultural landscape develops into an international commercial success. In this unforgettable homage, some of hip-hop’s early founders join up with its contemporary superstars to narrate the story of hip-hop’s earliest beginnings — and you won’t want them to stop. – JJ
Theatrical Premiere
Q&A; Following Screening

The Children of Leningradsky

(2004. 60 mins. Directed by Hanna Polak and Andrzej Celinski. Produced by Hanna Polak and Andrzej Celinski. In association with HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films.)
This film is a candid view into a community of homeless street children living in and around a Moscow train station. The filmmakers observe the children’s day-to-day existence: begging, sniffing glue, cavorting in steam tunnels, even mourning their dead. They are often breezily unkind to each other. Their grim lives are characterized by disease, prostitution and failed parenting. The film’s achievement is its ability to transcend the harshness of the train station to reveal individual character and humanity. – NK
Southeast Premiere

Gray Matter
(2004. 59 mins. Directed by Joe Berlinger. Produced by Sidney Beaumont and Mike Bonfiglio. Co-Produced by Rachel Dawson. Executive Produced by Joe Berlinger, Christine Le Goff, Jon Kamen, and Frank Scherma.)
In this gripping, disturbing and important work, filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Metallica: Some Kind of Monster and Brother’s Keeper) journeys to Austria with a group of journalists to witness the burial of the brains of some 700 children “euthanized” by the Nazis under the partial supervision of Dr. Heinrich Gross, “the Austrian Dr. Mengle.” Berlinger discovers that Dr. Gross is still alive. More shocking still is the fact that Gross continued his research on the preserved brains after the war and has received awards from the Austrian government for this work. The film, which is structured around Berlinger’s attempts to interview Gross, raises difficult questions about the extent to which the mentality that allowed these crimes to take place persists in present-day Austria. – JG
Southeast Premiere
Q&A; Following Screening

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