The 19th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will feature two Drew Associates films as part of this year’s thematic program, “Perfect and Otherwise: Documenting American Politics.” Curated by filmmaker R.J. Cutler, the films will focus on the inherent drama of the American electoral system.
The two films, “Primary” and “Crisis: Behind A Presidential Commitment,” will screen on both April 8 and 9. The festival will be screening the new, fully remastered 2K digital restorations courtesy of Janus Films, which owns The Criterion Collection. Criterion is releasing the remastered versions of those films, plus two other Drew Kennedy films, on disc on April 26.
“Primary” is a natural for the program because it is widely seen as setting the standard for all campaign films that followed. It tells the story of then-Sen. John F. Kennedy as he battles with Sen. Hubert Humphrey in the 1960 Wisconsin Presidential primary.
“Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment,” goes inside Kennedy’s Oval Office during the President’s confrontation with Gov. George Wallace, who defied a federal court order and stood in the schoolhouse door to prevent two African-American students from enrolling at the all-white University of Alabama in 1963.
The festival runs from April 7-10, 2016, in Durham, N.C. Tickets are available at the Full Frame website.