Deirdre Haj, director, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
In her position at Full Frame, Deirdre created the year-round screening series and PNC Roadshow as well as the “Teach the Teachers” program, “The School of Doc” and the “A&E IndieFilms Speakeasy” discussion venue. Under her leadership the festival is now a PGA qualifying festival for both long and short form documentary films, as well as an Oscar qualifying festival for short form documentary. Engaging with local business leaders, she attracted the creation of the Full Frame Theater and its new offices, which are co-leased by Duke University for the festival’s use. She serves on the executive committee of IFP’s Festival Forum, the boards of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce and Rotary, and has moderated/participated in panel discussions at several universities and film festivals. In Durham she chairs the Bull City Crowd Pleasers, a group of the top ticket selling entities in the city including Duke Sports, the Durham Bulls, the Durham Performing Arts Center and the American Dance Festival. Previously, she consulted for such organizations as the Motion Picture Association of America and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Her first film, the award-winning 2002 broadcast documentary Scene Smoking, was narrated by Sela Ward and starred Sean Penn, Ted Danson, Rob Reiner and many other Hollywood leaders about onscreen tobacco use.