Events+Exhibitions

CDS Cosponsors Residency of The Civilians, An Investigative Theater Company

CDS Cosponsors Residency of The Civilians, An Investigative Theater Company

The Center for Documentary Studies is among the cosponsors for a Duke Performances artist residency at Duke University hosting The Civilians, the nation’s foremost investigative theater company.  The New York-based theater company will return to Duke for a residency from January 19-29, 2017, conducting research and interviews for a new play about charter schools written by playwright Ethan Lipton […]


December 1: “Are You Listening? Four Triangle Podcasters Take The Stage” in Durham

December 1: "Are You Listening? Four Triangle Podcasters Take The Stage" in Durham

Along with other North Carolina podcasters, CDS audio director John Biewen will take the stage in Durham on December 1 for an evening of live performance, storytelling, and advice-giving. Biewen will represent Scene On Radio, the podcast from CDS that he created and hosts; Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer of Criminal,  Anita Rao and Sandra Davidson of She […]


November 18: Full Frame Third Friday Screening of “The Ballad of Fred Hersch” in Durham

November 18: Full Frame Third Friday Screening of "The Ballad of Fred Hersch" in Durham

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival’s series of free summer and fall film screenings around the Triangle concludes with a screening of The Ballad of Fred Hersch on Friday, November 18. The Third Friday screening will take place at the Full Frame Theater in Durham as part of the Full Frame Road Show presented by PNC. Full Frame […]


CDS Cosponsors Residency of Memory Project Filmmakers

CDS Cosponsors Residency of Memory Project Filmmakers

Four Chinese filmmakers from the Memory Project return to the Duke campus in October 2016 for a two-week residency of film screenings and public events; see a complete listing below. Between 1959 and 1961 millions of Chinese citizens died during the Great Famine, when conditions from extreme weather conditions, including a severe drought, were exacerbated by […]


September 30: A Conversation with Steve Cosson, Artistic Director of The Civilians Theater Company

September 30: A Conversation with Steve Cosson, Artistic Director of The Civilians Theater Company

The Center for Documentary Studies is among the cosponsors for a Duke Performances artist residency at Duke University hosting The Civilians, the nation’s foremost investigative theater company. As part of the residency, Steve Cosson—the troupe’s artistic director—will talk artistic process with undergraduates in Documentary Studies and Theater Studies during an open forum on Friday, September 30, that is free and open to the public. The […]


November 3: Full Frame Screens “The Ballad of Fred Hersch” at The Cary Theater

November 3: Full Frame Screens "The Ballad of Fred Hersch" at The Cary Theater

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is hosting free film screenings around the Triangle this summer and fall. Third Friday screenings will take place at the Full Frame Theater in Durham, with additional screenings in Cary, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill as part of the Full Frame Road Show presented by PNC. Full Frame is a program of […]


September 30: Fresh Docs Series Screens “Thumbs Up for Mother Universe: The Lonnie Holley Story”

September 30: Fresh Docs Series Screens “Thumbs Up for Mother Universe: The Lonnie Holley Story”

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of director George King’s Thumbs Up for Mother Universe: The Lonnie Holley Story (working title), which explores the life of Alabama artist Lonnie Holley as he overcomes insurmountable odds to emerge as a critically-acclaimed musician and visual artist. The film is presented as part of the Fresh Docs […]


August 26: Final Installment of “Audio Under The Stars”

August 26: Final Installment of "Audio Under The Stars"

Audio Under the Stars—a series of summer-long outdoor listening parties hosted by the Center for Documentary Studies and created by two graduates of our Certificate in Documentary Arts program—debuted in 2014 to widespread delight, with curated playlists of compelling audio pieces. This month’s show is “Work It: Stories of Labor and Leisure,” featuring stories about […]


August 18: Reception, Artist’s Talk, and Book Signing for “Useful Work: Photographs of Hickory Nut Gap Farm” Exhibit

August 18: Reception, Artist's Talk, and Book Signing for "Useful Work: Photographs of Hickory Nut Gap Farm" Exhibit

An exhibition at the Center for Documentary Studies features thirty-eight color images by Ken Abbott, who photographed Hickory Nut Gap Farm over a period of five years. The site in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina includes an old inn—the “Big House”—and surrounding property, where five generations of one family have lived and worked the land. Abbott will […]


Duke Undergrads Exhibit Documentary Photographs in Berlin

Duke Undergrads Exhibit Documentary Photographs in Berlin

In late June, during the final week of the Duke-in-Berlin summer program, students, faculty, and local Berliners spilled out onto the sidewalk outside of the gallery tête, an innovative art space in the Prenzlauer Berg district of the city. Inside, a pop-up exhibition by eight undergraduates in a documentary photography course featured prints of their […]


June 25: Free Screenings of Students’ Short Docs, “East Durham Stories”

June 25: Free Screenings of Students’ Short Docs, “East Durham Stories”

Enjoy a free upcoming screening of the twelve short videos that make up this year’s “East Durham Stories.” Each summer, participants from around the country attend the Center for Documentary Studies‘ Documentary Video Institute, offered through CDS’s Continuing Education program, to learn to scout, shoot, and edit short documentaries on pre-selected topics. As they have for the the […]


“Useful Work: Photographs of Hickory Nut Gap Farm” Exhibit at CDS

"Useful Work: Photographs of Hickory Nut Gap Farm" Exhibit at CDS

A new exhibition at the Center for Documentary Studies features thirty-eight color images by Ken Abbott, who photographed Hickory Nut Gap Farm over a period of five years. The site in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina includes an old inn—the “Big House”—and surrounding property, where five generations of one family have lived and worked the land. Abbott […]


Celebrating 10 Years of the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant

Celebrating 10 Years of the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant

The Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant funds first-time documentary directors to attend the annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina; at the festival, grant recipients are given access to films, master classes, and mentorship by experienced filmmakers, and also present short excerpts from their works-in-progress. To celebrate the Garrett Scott Grant’s tenth anniversary, Full Frame and the […]


June 2: Anytown, USA Students Screen Their Films About a Small North Carolina Town

June 2: Anytown, USA Students Screen Their Films About a Small North Carolina Town

Now in its eighth year, a continuing education course at the Center for Documentary Studies taught by veteran instructor and filmmaker Randy Benson, Anytown, USA, has once again spotlighted a small town in North Carolina. Over an eight-week period, ten students traveled two hours south of the Triangle to Roseboro  (pop. 1,191), to seek out […]


“How Do We Heal?” Photography Exhibit by Undergraduate Sherry Zhang on View at CDS

“How Do We Heal?” Photography Exhibit by Undergraduate Sherry Zhang on View at CDS

“In an endless sea of opportunities, we can either sink or swim. At Duke, I’ve done both.” —Duke undergraduate and RIPP Fellow in the Documentary Arts Sherry Zhang An exhibit on view in the Center for Documentary Studies Porch Gallery features the photographs of CDS undergraduate Sherry Zhang. As part of the RIPP Fellowship in the Documentary Arts, […]


May 13: Fresh Docs Series Screens “Liberty Warehouse”

May 13: Fresh Docs Series Screens “Liberty Warehouse”

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of director Carol Thomson’s Liberty Warehouse, which explores the history of an iconic tobacco auction warehouse in Durham, North Carolina. The film is presented as part of the Fresh Docs series featuring documentary works-in-progress; following the screenings, a moderated conversation with the filmmaker(s) will be held, during which the audience provides […]


April 29: Small Town, USA Pop-Up Exhibition and Student Presentations

April 29: Small Town, USA Pop-Up Exhibition and Student Presentations

For the past ten years, Duke University undergraduates have been documenting Hillsborough, North Carolina, each spring as part of Small Town, USA, a course at the Center for Documentary Studies taught by Susie Post-Rust. Each student chooses a photography project to pursue within the town and spends the semester documenting that story. Small Town, USA Pop-Up […]


April 29: Fresh Docs Series Screens “A Sense of the Fitness of Things”

April 29: Fresh Docs Series Screens “A Sense of the Fitness of Things”

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of director Lisa Sorg’s A Sense of the Fitness of Things. (View trailer.) The film is presented as part of the Fresh Docs series featuring documentary works-in-progress; following the screenings, a moderated conversation with the filmmaker(s) will be held, during which the audience provides valuable feedback.  Note: Fresh Docs screenings […]


2016 Certificate in Documentary Studies Graduates Present Capstone Projects

2016 Certificate in Documentary Studies Graduates Present Capstone Projects

On May 1, six Duke University students graduating with a Certificate in Documentary Studies—a program that attracts undergraduates to the Center for Documentary Studies from across the arts and sciences—will present their final projects to the public and receive their certificates, followed by a celebratory BBQ. Under the guidance of Alex Harris and Nancy Kalow, the students completed their […]


April 1: Individual Tickets On Sale for the 2016 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

April 1: Individual Tickets On Sale for the 2016 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Mark your calendars! Individual tickets for the 19th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival go on sale Friday, April 1, at 11 a.m., and can be purchased at the Duke University Box Office, online, or over the phone at 919-684-4444. Starting Wednesday, April 6, tickets may also be purchased at the Bryan Center on Duke’s […]


March 13: 5th Annual ALICE FEST Showcases Female Filmmakers

March 13: 5th Annual ALICE FEST Showcases Female Filmmakers

In recognition of Women’s History Month, the fifth annual ALICE FEST will showcase curated and submitted works by female filmmakers from all over the world, with half of the program devoted to local filmmakers. ALICE FEST features short documentaries, experimental films, works-in-progress, animation, narrative films, and multimedia projects. FREE and open to the public but seating is limited. Reserve a spot […]


March 9: “Our Stories, Your Legacy: A Dialogue with SNCC Veterans” Event

March 9: "Our Stories, Your Legacy: A Dialogue with SNCC Veterans" Event

The SNCC Digital Gateway at Duke University is hosting “Our Stories, Your Legacy,” a conversation with three veterans of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) who will discuss their work as activists and reflect on how telling the story of the civil rights movement has evolved over time. Charlie Cobb (journalist), Judy Richardson (filmmaker), and Maria Varela (photographer) will […]


February 26: Fresh Docs Screens “Peace In Our Pockets,” A Story of Inspirational Kenyan Activism

February 26: Fresh Docs Screens “Peace In Our Pockets,” A Story of Inspirational Kenyan Activism

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of director Kenny Dalsheimer’s Peace In Our Pockets, which follows the inspirational Kenyan activists of Sisi ni Amani as they promote civic engagement, build democracy, and defuse violence in the lead up to the 2013 national elections. The film is presented as part of […]


February 16: Full Frame’s Winter Series Concludes with Free Screening of “Cartel Land”

February 16: Full Frame’s Winter Series Concludes with Free Screening of “Cartel Land”

On February 16, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival‘s annual Winter Series of free screenings at the historic Carolina Theatre concludes with Cartel Land (click link to view trailer), a feature doc by Matthew Heineman. The film moves between two modern-day vigilante movements on either side of the U.S.-Mexico border. They share a common threat—murderous Mexican drug […]