Friday is usually a big day at Full Frame, when the weekend arrives and area film-lovers show up in droves. This year was no exception, with the halls of the Durham’s Marriott noticeably more crowded than yesterday. As the Full Frame directors have noted, it is great to see so much support for this festival, even with the economy in the doldrums.
I started the morning with Casino Jack and the United States of Money, director Alex Gibney’s political action film (seriously!) about jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Political scandal movies can often be boring, but this was fast-paced and action packed, and, for once, clearly explained a very confusing scandal. My verdict: Abramoff got off lightly!
The other high point of the day was Robert Patton-Spruill’s doc Do It Again, a funny and engaging look at journalist Geoff Edgers quest to reunite legendary Brit band The Kinks. Ultimately, his quest fails, but as with many good stories, the journey is more important than the destination. Following the movie, local Kinks cover-band The Kinksmen performed, assisted by Chris Stamey, Peter Holsapple, and Mitch Easter. Nothing like a good dose of rock and roll to finish off the evening.
More to come!