Beatles documentary tops list of free films at Durham's Full Frame festival


"Good Ol' Freda" is the story of Freda Kelly, who hung out at the Cavern in Liverpool as a teenager. She met a young band called The Beatles there and was eventually hired as their secretary and tasked with running their fan club.

Kelly remained with the Beatles until they broke up, then found another job and moved on with her life. She never wrote about her experience and rarely spoke of it. But in 2012 Kelly agreed to tell her story to documentary filmmaker Ryan White. The resulting film offers a unique perspective on what it was like to live and work with John, Paul, George and Ringo during the 1960s.

A big hit at last year's Full Frame festival, "Good Ol' Freda" returns this year as one of three free movie offerings. The festival kicks off Thursday, April 3 at several downtown Durham venues including the Carolina Theater. On Friday "Good Ol' Freda" is being shown in Durham Central Park at 8:30 p.m. Several food trucks will be on hand for the festivities.

Another movie that's returning for a free showing is "If You Build It," which follows two designers who bring a unique and innovative education program to Bertie County, NC. "If You Build It" will play in Durham's Central Park Saturday at 8:30 p.m. (again with food trucks standing by).

The third free movie is Sunday night's closing film, "The Battered Bastards of Baseball." It's the story of the Portland Mavericks, who joined the minor leagues in 1973 as the only team without a major-league affiliation. The team was the brainchild of Bing Russell and the roster included his son, actor Kurt Russell. The film will be shown Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Carolina Theater's Fletcher Hall.

If you've never been to the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, this is a great chance to try it for free — while enjoying some of the first warm weekend evenings of spring.

See the complete Full Frame schedule

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