The 20th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be in downtown Durham, N.C., April 6-9th, 2017.
The Music of Strangers and Presenting Princess Shaw will screening during the festival on Friday and Saturday, respectively, at Durham Central Park. Both screenings are free and open to the public. No ticket is required for the outdoor screenings.
On Friday, April 7th, 2017, The Music of Strangers will screen starting at 8:30 PM.
A description of The Music of Strangers from the Full Frame site:
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma didn’t set out to become a musician. Rather, his prodigious talent as a child propelled him into a decades-long and celebrated musical career. By 2000, Ma was eager for new challenges; he wanted to stretch his creative muscles and forge cross-cultural connections. His solution was to form the Silk Road Ensemble, gathering musicians from around the world to share influences and ideas. With The Music of Strangers, Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom) delivers a vibrant portrait of artistic passion and sacrifice, combining performance footage, interviews, and archival materials to tell the stories of Ma and a number of Silk Road Ensemble members. We meet Cristina Pato, a formidable Galician bagpipe player; Kinan Azmeh, a Syrian clarinetist; Wu Man, a master of the pipa, a lute-like Chinese instrument; and Kayhan Kalhor, an Iranian fiddle virtuoso. Together, their fervent dedication to craft and collaboration shows the power of music as universal language and unifying force.
On Saturday, April 8th, 2017, Presenting Princess Shaw will screen starting at 8:30 PM.
From the Full Frame site:
Singer-songwriter Samantha Montgomery is waiting for her big break. By day, she works at a nursing home in New Orleans, but she spends her free time attending open mics and posting confessional video blogs and a cappella riffs to YouTube under the handle “Princess Shaw.” Despite her soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics, Samantha’s followers are few—her videos seem to float adrift in a vast digital sea of undiscovered content. But little does she know that she has a fan across the world in the form of Kutiman, an Israeli composer, producer, and media artist acclaimed for his mashups of YouTube videos posted by amateur musicians. The enigmatic Kutiman’s admiration for Samantha’s songs and spirit might just propel Princess Shaw from anonymity to global renown. This delightful story of two unlikely collaborators 7,000 miles apart, and one talented woman’s quest to realize her dreams, exemplifies connectivity and creativity in the Internet age.
Learn more about the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival at fullframefest.org.