Samantha Fuller’s documentary A Fuller Life has been selected to play at the second annual Reel East Film Festival in Oaklyn, New Jersey on August 21 2015. The decision to screen the documentary about the life of maverick filmmaker Sam Fuller continues the festival organiser’s interest to use the festival as a platform to look back to film history. The inaugural 2014 festival year saw screenings of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger (1927) and Humphrey Bogart’s All Through The Night (1942), alongside April Wright’s new documentary Going Attractions that celebrated the story of the American drive-in movie. This year’s festival presents a daughter’s tribute to her filmmaker father and focuses specifically on the career of an individual filmmaker.
A Fuller Life celebrates the independent spirit of a true American maverick whose unique output broke new ground in journalism, filmmaking, storytelling and even in service to his country. The sry takes us through highlights of Samuel Fuller’s unconventional and adventurous life spanning a century of American history, a great man’s great yarn, a love song to democracy, and a hymn to independence, originality and endurance. Adapted from Sam Fuller’s award-winning autobiography, A Third Face, the film consists of 12 segments, each of which features an admirer of Sam’s dramatising their interpretation of Sam’s memoirs. Set in the late director’s historic office, the cast channels Fuller amid his beloved Royal typewriter, massive collection of books, screenplays, treatments, war memorabilia and of course the ever big fat cigar. A Fuller Life presents for the first time recently discovered 16mm films shot by Fuller, footage he shot on the front lines during World War II as well as location scouts and home movies. Every word spoken in this documentary, whether by a performer or from a clip of one of his films, was written by him, creating a posthumous self-portrait of the subject in his own words.
Now in its second year, the Reel East Film Festival is committed to providing a forum for both established and up and coming filmmakers to showcase their work. Presented by the Camden County Board of Freeholders and Rutgers-Camden Film Studies, REFF screens independent films from around the world, while also focusing on the work of local filmmakers in the Camden County and Southern New Jersey area. The Reel East Film Festival will be held August 21-23, 2015, at the Ritz Theatre in Oaklyn, NJ.
The REFF will run from August 21-23. To book tickets click here.