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   from the issue of March 31, 2005

Ross presents Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

The Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center will participate in the four-day, 11-title syndication of the 2005 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

Emerging Pictures, the New York-based digital cinema network, will be bringing a curated selection from the 2005 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - presented in association with The New York Times - to 10 cities simultaneously across the United States from April 7 through April 10. This is the second year that Emerging Pictures has syndicated the renowned festival as the country's most prestigious nonfiction film festival unspools in Durham, N.C. This breakthrough - a "syndicated" film festival that reaches out to local communities across the country - is possible due to the advent of digital projection technology championed by Emerging Pictures and its theatrical consortium, Emerging Cinemas.

"All across the country, audiences are thirsting for vital, cutting edge independent films and documentaries," says Ira Deutchman, a co-founder of Emerging Pictures alongside industry leaders Barry Rebo and Giovanni Cozzi.

The 11 titles being screened at this year's Full Frame Documentary Festival are: award-winning director Joe Berlinger's (Brother's Keeper, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) haunting and historically fraught new film, Gray Matter; Susan Stern's The Self Made Man takes the right-to-die debate out west in a riveting portrait of a man and his family grappling with a darker side of rugged individualism; Joe Angio's freewheeling account of the life and times of "blaxploitation" pioneer Melvin Van Peebles How To Eat Your Watermelon In White Company (And Enjoy It); Amy Stechler's The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo, a visually stunning biography of one of the 20th century's most important artists; Maryam Keshavarz's The Color of Love, an exploration of the meaning of love among a cross-section of Teheran's middle class; Rose Rosenblatt and Marion Lipschutz's The Education of Shelby Knox, which chronicles four tumultuous years in the life of an idealistic high school student in Lubbock, Texas; Jon Alpert's The Last Cowboy, a profile of Porcupine, South Dakota's incurable cattleman, Vern Sager; Peter Friedman and Roger Manley's Mana - Beyond Belief, an investigation into the concept of "mana," the Polynesian word for the animistic power that resides in things; Sue Williams's Mary Pickford, a loving biographical portrait of the silent screen star and co-founder of United Artists; Keith Rondinelli and Matthew Makar's Yellow Brick Road, the four-month journey of the disability rights organization, ANCHOR (Answering the Needs of Citizens with Handicaps Through Organized Recreation), to mount a one-night-only production of The Wizard of Oz in 2004; and Liz Mermin's The Beauty Academy of Kabul, the story of six hairdressers from the United States who open a beauty school in Kabul to train Afghan women in make-up, hairstyling, and business ownership.

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