“Being Elmo,” “Page One” the top targets at Full Frame Doc Fest


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Los Angeles has Hollywood. Durham, N.C. has Realitywood.

Every spring, Durham plays host to the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, a four-day binge of the industries top documentary filmmakers who bring anticipated titles to a reality-craving audience.

This year’s lineup boasts the world premieres of Nancy Buirski’s “The Loving Story” and “A Good Man,” by Bob Hercules and Gordon Quinn. Full Frame also will host the U.S. premiere of “Guilty Pleasures,” the festival’s opening night film about romance novels and the folks who’ve grown obsessed by their flowery prose.

I, myself, am more excited about a few festival favorites that played Sundance or SXSW that I’ve yet to catch up with, from “Page One: Inside the New York Times” to “Buck” and “Being Elmo.” In addition, award-winning documentary filmmakers Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern are receiving this year’s Career Award, so Full Frame is programming a few of their best films, from “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work” to “The Devil Came On Horseback.”

All will be in Durham for what’s sure to be a fantastic fest.

The 2011 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival kicks off tonight and runs through Sunday. For details, visit www.fullframefest.org. And I’ll be sure to bring you some coverage of the major events, so stay tuned.

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