Full Frame 2008: Looking Ahead

Finished a couple of nagging projects yesterday, so I’ve spent quite a bit of time this weekend perusing the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and planning out what I’d most like to see.  As always, there are so many situations where films  I want to see are competing with each other, but here are some of the films I’m most looking forward to seeing:

  • Eric Daniel Metzgar’s Life. Support. Music., which tells the story of New York City guitarist Jason Crigler, who collapsed on stage in 2004 with a brain hemorrhage and the story of his family’s struggles to help him make a full recovery (trailer).
  • Margaret Brown’s The Order of Myths, which focuses on the racial divide reflected in the celebrations of Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama (Cinematical review).
  • For my mid-afternoon screening on Saturday, I’m torn between Nanette Burstein’s American Teen, which documents a senior class in a small town in Indiana, and Werner Herzog’s return to documentary with Encounters at the End of the World, which looks at the people who work in Antarctica.
  • James Marsh’s Man on Wire, which looks back at Philippe Petit’s daring, but completely illegal, high-wire crossing between the two World Trade Center towers back in 1974 (The Reeler’s interview with Marsh).  I vaguely remember the notoriety of this story from when I was a kid, but it sounds like a compelling film.
  •  Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein’s latest Iraq war documentary, Bulletproof Salesman, which focuses on the story of war profiteer Fidelis Cloer (A.J.’s review).
  • Chris Bell’s Bigger, Stronger, Faster*, an investigation of the relationship between steroids and American culture.
  • Joshua Weinstein’s Flying on One Engine, which tells the story of Dr. Sharadkumar Dicksheet, who despite being diagnosed with a life-threatening aortic aneurysm, travels to India to perform marathon surgery sessions, treating as many as 700 children for cleft palates, among other things.
  • Jesse Moss and Tony Gerber’s Full Battle Rattle, which looks at the phenomenon of Iraq War simulations in California’s Mojave Desert.  I’m told that similar simulations used to (maybe still do) occur here in and around Fayetteville because of our proximity to Fort Bragg, so I’m especially interested in learning more about how these simulations work.
  • Nishtha Jain’s Lakshmi and Me, which was recommended to me by a colleague, focuses on the relationship between Nishtha and her servant, Lakshmi, over the course of a year.
  • Irena Salina’s Flow: For the Love of Water, which focuses on the decline in the availability of that precious natural resource.

I haven’t bought tickets yet (tickets go on sale next week), so I’m certainly open to suggestions, but I’ve decided to take advantage of the opportunity to see as many of these movies as I possibly can on the big screen, and if you’re going to be at Full Frame,  hopefully we’ll cross paths at some point.

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