Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to establish. Each month I’ll be sharing “21 Days” of some event or place in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and play. This month it’s all about local festivals that celebrate arts, culture, food and beverage.
Each Spring brings a fresh crop of thought-provoking film to downtown Durham during Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Four days of theatrical exhibition starts Thursday, April 3 this year and continues nearly round the clock through Sunday, April 6. The festival draws international and acclaimed films and boasts diverse documentary film alum like “Black Fish”, “American Promise”, “Under African Skies”, “Spinning Plates” and “Cat Cam”. There’s a little something for everyone at this cinema smörgåsbord.
The films are shown in a variety of venues each a short walk from one another, allowing festival goers to film hop from one screening to the next. The historic Carolina Theatre serves as the festival centerpiece, with the Durham Convention Center, PSI Theater at Durham Arts Council, the Power Plant at American Tobacco and outdoor showings in Durham Central Park rounding out viewing options. When ready to take a break between films, attendees will find plenty of dining options in the downtown area. In fact, Full Frame is the perfect opportunity to wallow in all downtown Durham has to offer.
Multi-film pass sales open this Wednesday (Feb 5) and usually sell out quickly (so don’t procrastinate). The festival is a program of the non-profit Center for Documentary Studies and receives support from corporate sponsors, private foundations and individual donors.