Full Frame kicks off today, and while we have a big, program-guide spread laid out for tomorrow's Weekend section, here are a few things you can check out on day one:
10 a.m., Fletcher Hall (Carolina Theatre)
Prepare to have your heartstrings continuously tugged with this documentary. Courtney Bent, an aspiring fashion photographer, decides to give some New England men and women with cerebral palsy and other disabilities cameras and shows them how to take stunning photographs. Bent and Tony Knight, one of the disabled photographers, will also be hand for a conversation after this free student screening.
Art & Copy
3:45 p.m., Fletcher Hall (Carolina Theatre)
Director Doug Pray (“Scratch,” “Surfwise”) takes a look at the contemporary world of advertising in this documentary. And for those of you thinking that advertisers are like the chain-smoking, sharp-dressed dudes in “Mad Men” will be surprised to find that many of them are casual-dressing hippies who feel they are not only changing people’s perceptions about products, but also the way they look at the world. Pray will also be on hand for a Q & A afterwards.
4:30 p.m., Cinema Three (Durham Convention Center)
This ten-minute short compiles archival footage from mid-century educational and documentary films (set to a Chopin score) in order to create a beachside, working-class utopia, where the men go to work every day to package bananas and pineapples, the families live in lovely, surburban homes & head out to the beach for beautiful, weekend getaways — and everyone gluttonously binges on the concept of paradise. (To be shown before “Milking the Rhino.”)
Merely A Smell
9:45 p.m., Cinema One (Carolina Theatre)
Well, it looks like we’ve found the most morbid documentary short in the whole festival this year with this 10-minute disturber. A series of mostly quiet long takes document the aftermath of the 2006 bombing in Beirut, from men in gas & surgical masks looking for bodies in the rubble to other men hauling out the coffins for those bodies. (To be shown before “O’ Er The Land.”)