A field of documentaries from tobacco road Durham's starting to look like the epicenter of Southern filmmaking these days, as four locally produced docs will hit the screens this weekend at Full Frame.
Leading the charge is Brett Ingram and Jim Haverkamp's Monster Road, a film that's been steamrollering through festivals since it premiered at January's Slamdance confab. After winning the best doc prize in Park City, this account of the life and work of the phenomenally and obsessively talented animator Bruce Bickford won the top doc prize at the Ann Arbor fest two weeks ago. As it happens, the prize is named for Michael Moore, the pride of Flint, Mich. Monster Road will screen Friday night at 11 p.m. "Unfortunately, we found out that Mr. Moore is not going to be in town on Friday, so we won't be able to lure him to our screening," Haverkamp said, "But maybe we can try to bend his ear on Saturday or something."
Meanwhile, the impressively industrious Durham filmmaker Cynthia Hill will screen two films about hope and despair in the rural precincts of North Carolina. Three years in the making, Tobacco Money Feeds My Family is a sensitive, beautifully photographed look at farmers trying to extract a living from a crop that was once golden. It will screen Friday morning at 9:45 a.m. On Sunday afternoon, Hill will show clips from The Guestworker, a work-in-progress about the lives of H-2A migrant farm workers she's co-directing and producing with Charles Thompson, a religion and cultural anthropology professor at Duke University.
Also showing a work-in-progress is Shambhavi Kaul, who will present scenes from Field of Stone, a documentary about the bad, bad country music hero David Allen Coe. A year and a half in the making, Kaul and her crew--which includes husband Josh Gibson--follow Coe on the road and visit with him at Daytona Beach's Bike Week. Kaul won't shy away from Coe's rougher edges--this tattooed ex-con and ex-Hell's Angel is decidedly less cuddly than Willie, Merle or the late, lamented Man in Black.
Field of Stone will be shown on a double bill with The Guestworker on Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.