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Watch: Final Projects by Documentary Video Institute Students Cover the Local Food Scene

Still of Seth Gross from Beef Is in My Blood by Cynthia Boteler and Angela Brockels

Still from “Beef Is in My Blood” by Cynthia Boteler and Angela Brockelsby: Bull City Burger and Brewery owner Seth Gross.

In the 2013 version of our Documentary Video Institute, offered every summer through our Continuing Education program, each student produced a video on the local food scene—that year’s theme. At this perenially-popular one-week video boot camp, students learn all aspects of documentary filmmaking: pre-production and scouting locations, camera operation, lighting and sound, editing and post-production, and finally, screening in front of a live audience. View the students’ final projects below. [Get on the wait list for the 2014 Documentary Video Institute, June 21–28; click here. ]

Cynthia Boteler and Angela Brockelsby | Beef Is in My Blood 
Seth Gross owns and runs a burger joint and brewpub that uses locally-sourced produce and makes as many of their ingredients as possible in-house, down to the mustard, mayo, and relish.

Meredith McCarroll and Grace Mendenhall | The Brother Vilgalys
A young distiller from Lithuania crafts a traditional Lithuanian spiced honey liqueur, which he bottles by hand and sells.

Bay Love and Morgan Siem | Built by Hand

Building and operating a food truck has become a tradition for an extended Durham family.

Martin Stephen Frommer and Mark I. Kalish | Dumpster Love
Catherine Edgerton and Kyle Knight are a couple of young musicians homesteading in Durham who derive a significant portion of their daily calories from grocery store castoffs.

Edmond Badham and Tony Woodard | Fun with Cocoa
A former biotech scientist pursues a passion for fine European chocolate in her Raleigh storefront.

Rachel Greenblatt and Ryan Stone | The Greatest Beekeeper in the World
Ben Crawley is “Mr. Buzz,” a beekeeping educator and mentor who draws a distinction between caring, mindful beekeepers and uncommitted “bee havers.”

Dana Endsley and Raia Mihaylova | Happy Accidents

Lindsey Moriarty left behind two masters degrees to start selling donuts from the back of a bike, which turned into a brick-and-mortar gourmet donut bakery.

Jill Hamilton and Mike Jones | Joint
Ricky Moore, a Culinary Institute of America graduate and former Iron Chef competitor, sells fresh seafood dishes from an extremely small wooden shack.

Vonn Davis and Patty VegaMojo Risin’
Mel Melton, a chef and musician from New Orleans, runs a classic Louisiana roadhouse in a nondescript suburban mall.

Taylor Peterson and Rebecca Williams | More Than a Donut

Rise is a relatively new biscuit bakery and donut cafe that’s already become a local institution.

Martin Kane and Jean Désirée Pockrus | A Slice of Toast
A dedicated husband-and-wife team run an italian sandwich shop.

Morgan Capps and Heather Stewart Harvey | Taking Root
At the Transplanting Traditions Community Farm, a Karen refugee from Burma named Tri Sa tends twenty-seven rows of crops and finds community with fellow Karen.

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