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November 17: “East Durham Stories” From CDS’s 2016 Documentary Video Institute Screen at Durham Public Library


Nancy “Mamma Nia” Wilson walks through her neighborhood in East Durham. Still from “Dear Durham” by Kate Matthews and Taylor Nawrocki.

In June 2016, the thirteenth edition of the Center for Documentary Studies‘ Documentary Video Institute, offered each summer through our Continuing Education program, once again focused on the East Durham area. Twenty-four students from across the nation were guided through a week-long course in all aspects of documentary filmmaking. Their interview subjects were a pre-selected cross-section of this diverse and ever-changing part of the city: From prominent community leaders to local high school students, each had a unique perspective on the neighborhood. Students learned pre-production, lighting, camerawork, audio, interviewing, b-roll, and finally editing and post-production. The resulting thirteen films are a multidimensional portrait of the community.

A screening of the 2016 East Durham Stories will be held at Durham Public Library on November 17, 2016. This screening is free and open to the public.

East Durham Stories Screening
Thursday, November 17, 7 p.m.
Durham County Library, Main Branch
300 N Roxboro St., Durham, North Carolina


Naomi Debbaut and Justin Wolfe | Connected
East Durhamite Carrie Hill has worked for many years to improve the neighborhood she calls home.


Kate Mathews and Taylor Nawrocki | Dear Durham
Nancy “Mamma Nia” Wilson, director of SpiritHouse, reads from a letter she wrote to the city, where “revitalization” has had uneven effects on its citizens.


Kris Macomber and Pete Wood | Feeling Albright
Dorothy and Junior Kelly are pillars of the Albright Community neighborhood, having spent decades making it a more pleasant and welcoming place to live.


Rachel Baer and Nicole Jones | Icebreaker
Elizabeth and Miles Abbason are the owners of Pelican’s SnoBalls, a New Orleans-style snow cone shop in East Durham.


Erin Smith | Jenny from the Block
Jennifer McCain and her fiancé, Jameson Brown, foster community on the streets of East Durham one person at a time.


Phineas Chapman and Julia Grosvenor | Julissa
Durham School of the Arts student Julissa Mejía Santos has a precocious talent for drawing, which is encouraged by the staff at Partners for Youth Opportunity.


Melissa Lukenbaugh | Liberty Street
Another take on the life and work of Jennifer McCain.


Hillary Stroud and Eric Zayas | More Beautiful
Kim Sage, a longtime East Durham resident, describes the changing face of her immediate neighborhood.


Tia Capps and Beth Lavely | Reclaiming Cardens Lane
Denise Harrison earns her livelihood by renting out houses that she’s restored with a keen eye for historic preservation.


Rebecca Clark and Paul Cory | The Mayor of Northeast Central Durham
Stephen Hopkins, city council gadfly and unofficial community organizer, is the glue that holds Northeast Central Durham together.


Kenneth Campbell and Bianca Toscano | The Minister of Culture
Marc Lee is a passionate ambassador of the arts in his various roles at the Hayti Heritage Center, including director of the Hayti Heritage Film Festival.


Jennifer Durham and Alex Granados | The Strength to Bloom
Giselle Santos, a poised and well-spoken middle schooler, describes her home life, experiences in a charter school, and involvement with the Partnership for Youth Opportunity.


Zuri Best and Keith Kenney | You Can Do It!
iNvictus Forward Outreach operates a shared office space in East Durham and promotes minority entrepreneurship.

One Response to “November 17: “East Durham Stories” From CDS’s 2016 Documentary Video Institute Screen at Durham Public Library”

  1. sarah buchanan says:

    This is very interesting and thought provoking. I would think that it had quite an impact on the students doing these!!! I would like to see their comments.

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