Full Frame Documentary Festival: Denizens of Durham


By: Buddy Ruski

Flocks of film enthusiasts from across the nation gathered in downtown Durham for this year’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The weekend is unlike most for the city of Durham, with residents and out-of-towners mingling as one in the spirit of the always impressive collection of cinematography on display at Carolina Theater, Durham Arts Council, and other venues across downtown.

Clarion Content’s team took to the streets of Durham to immerse ourselves in the merrymaking and discover the secrets behind Full Frame’s success by talking to those involved, from attendees, to volunteers, and directors. At times, the scene resembled a ghost town while ticket holders were tucked away in screening rooms. This was a misleading sight, as not long before and after each documentary, the Carolina Theater’s courtyard was in an uproar in recollection of what they just witnessed and/or anticipation of what was to come.

Many of our contributors made their way into a theater during festival weekend, seeing over half the films combined. Paul Deblinger, a veteran contributor for the Clarion Content, saw 14 films in the span of 2 days.

Meanwhile, Clarion Content tag team Toriano Fredericks and Justin Laidlaw captured the essence of what the festival brings to the city in a short film of our own, dubbed Denizens of Durham:

Stay tuned for more from the Clarion Content’s coverage of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival as we chronicle one of the finest events Durham has the privilege to host.

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