A Fuller Life is a tribute documentary from Samantha Fuller to her late father the independent film director Samuel Fuller and narrates his life experiences taken from selected 12 passages from his autobiography, highlighting historical events in his life.
Jennifer Beals reads a chapter called Crime Reporter from his memoirs in this unconventional documentary directed by Samantha. Other actors and filmmakers reading chapters are James Franco, Tim Roth, Wim Wenders, Bill Duke, James Toback, Kelly Ward, Perry Lang, Robert Carradine, Mark Hamill, Joe Dante, Monte Hellman, Buck Henry, Constance Towers and William Friedkin.
Samuel Fuller directed Jennifer in the 1992 film Tinikling (La Madone et le Dragon)
The documentary started out last year as a kickstarter project to coincide with Fuller’s 100th anniversary and it’s finally due to be released this summer. The 2013 edition of the Venice film festival ( 28 August-7 September ) has on its line up A Fuller Life on the official selection Venice Classics and it’s scheduled to premiere on September 1st at the festival in the Sala Perla.
A Fuller Life was filmed in the late director’s historic office where the cast channels Fuller amid his beloved Royal typewriter, massive collection of books, screenplays, treatments, war memorabilia and the ever-present cigar. Each segment of the documentary is layered with clips from his films, home movies and photos. More about the documentary can be found on its website
To learn more about Jennifer’s part on this documentary, read Samantha’s blog Shooting with Jennifer Beals
Check out the trailer of A Fuller Life