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Full Frame film festival features eight documentaries with NC connections

"Accepted" is one of eight documentaries with North Carolina connections at the 25th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham.
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
"Accepted" is one of eight documentaries with North Carolina connections at the 25th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham.

Story was updated at 2:47 p.m.

The 25th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival kicks off today and will feature eight films with North Carolina ties.

One of the documentaries involves Lena Mae Perry, the last original member of the gospel trio – The Branchettes.

The film “Stay Prayed Up” takes the viewer through Newton Grove, Durham and Raleigh capturing the 80-plus-year-old Perry as she records a new album.

This year’s film festival also travels to Princeville – a historically Black town in Eastern North Carolina founded by the former enslaved after the Civil War. “Freedom Hill” captures the emotions of residents trying to decide whether to stay and re-build or leave after devastating floods almost washed the town away.

The documentary “Chilly & Milly” is about a family out of Fayetteville and how they came together to take care of a loved-one with a chronic illness. The film is directed by William D. Caballero and is autobiographical.

Caballero used a rarely-seen animated technique which combined the original recordings with three-dimensional models of his family's home, his parents and himself.

One film that is based in Louisiana and features editor, Jean Rheem, a graduate of Duke University, is “Accepted.”

This documentary highlights a college prep school that has gotten a lot of attention for sending graduates to elite universities. “Accepted” follows four African American high school seniors as they are pushed to their breaking point.

Sadie Tillery is Full Frame’s Artistic Director and Interim Festival Director. She said in a statement, this is an exciting season.

“Connection is meaningful and there is connection to be found in experiencing these films over these four day,” said Tillery.

There are a total of 37 films from 18 countries being shown at the festival.

“I am humbled by the range of experiences revealed on screen,” said Tillery. “The palpable tenderness, violence, pain, strength, vulnerability and resolve witnessed in these works.”

The Durham-based Full Frame festival is virtual again this year and runs through Sunday.

Leoneda Inge is the co-host of WUNC's "Due South." Leoneda has been a radio journalist for more than 30 years, spending most of her career at WUNC as the Race and Southern Culture reporter. Leoneda’s work includes stories of race, slavery, memory and monuments. She has won "Gracie" awards, an Alfred I. duPont Award and several awards from the Radio, Television, Digital News Association (RTDNA). In 2017, Leoneda was named "Journalist of Distinction" by the National Association of Black Journalists.
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