Events+Exhibitions

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 […]


January 27: Full Frame’s Winter Series Continues with Free Screening of “The Look of Silence”

January 27: Full Frame’s Winter Series Continues with Free Screening of “The Look of Silence”

Reminder: Tonight, January 20, Amy screens as part of Full Frame’s Winter Series. On January 27, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival‘s annual Winter Series of free screenings at the historic Carolina Theatre continues with The Look of Silence (click link to view trailer), a feature doc by Joshua Oppenheimer. The film follows Adi, a gentle Indonesian […]


January 20: Full Frame’s Winter Series Kicks Off with Free Screening of “Amy”

January 20: Full Frame’s Winter Series Kicks Off with Free Screening of "Amy"

On January 20, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival‘s annual Winter Series of free screenings at the historic Carolina Theatre begins with Amy (click link to view trailer), a feature doc by Asif Kapadia. The film assembles a devastating portrait of British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, known both for her soulful, seductive pipes and untimely death in 2011 at the […]


Enjoy Prizewinning “Aunties,” On View at the Rubenstein Photography Gallery

Enjoy Prizewinning "Aunties," On View at the Rubenstein Photography Gallery

Through February 28, 2016: An exhibition of Nadia Sablin’s photographs, Aunties: The Seven Summers of Alevtina and Ludmila, is on view at the Rubenstein Library Photography Gallery, Duke University. A book of the same name was published in November 2015 by Duke University Press and CDS Books of the Center for Documentary Studies. In 2014, Nadia Sablin was chosen by renowned […]


December 11: Certificate in Documentary Arts Graduates Present Their Final Projects

December 11: Certificate in Documentary Arts Graduates Present Their Final Projects

At a graduation event at the Full Frame Theater, six Continuing Education students at the Center for Documentary Studies will present their final projects to the public and receive their Certificate in Documentary Arts, having completed a structured sequence of courses culminating with a Final Seminar taught by documentary filmmaker and CDS instructor Randolph Benson. During the course, students […]


Missing The Boat: Emeritus Professor of History Peter H. Wood Explores an Ancient American Mystery

Missing The Boat: Emeritus Professor of History Peter H. Wood Explores an Ancient American Mystery

On December 2, join us at the Center for Documentary Studies for a talk by Peter H. Wood, Emeritus Professor of History at Duke University, exploring the history of trade and transportation in ancient America and a much-debated, missing piece of an archaeological puzzle. Dugout Canoes on the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers: Recovering America’s Deep Past  Wednesday, December 2, 6 p.m. […]


Nadia Sablin Wins CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography for Her Color Series “Aunties”

Nadia Sablin Wins CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography for Her Color Series "Aunties"

Freelance photographer Nadia Sablin was chosen by renowned curator and historian Sandra S. Phillips to win the seventh biennial Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography for her color series Aunties. The images document, as Sablin writes, “the lives of my aunts who live in Northwest Russia. Alevtina and Ludmila are in their seventies but carry on the traditional Russian […]


November 6: Duke Alumna Kristin Posehn To Visit CDS

November 6: Duke Alumna Kristin Posehn To Visit CDS

As part of this year’s Duke Entertainment, Media and the Arts Network (DEMAN) Weekend, Center for Documentary Studies alumna Kristin Posehn (’01) will be visiting CDS on Friday, November 6. Events will include a mixer and light reception for CDS staff, faculty, and students, followed by a presentation in which Posehn will discuss her artwork, career path, and […]


November 5: Duke Visiting Artist Nate Larson to Speak at CDS

November 5: Duke Visiting Artist Nate Larson to Speak at CDS

This fall, the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library will welcome Nate Larson—a contemporary artist working with photographic media, artist books and digital video—as the second Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Visiting Artist. The program allows an artist to study and engage with archival, manuscript, and other special collections in support of developing a new body of creative […]


Full Frame to Screen “The Wolfpack” on October 16 and 22 in Durham and Carrboro

Full Frame to Screen “The Wolfpack” on October 16 and 22 in Durham and Carrboro

Put these two dates on your calendar: the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will host two FREE screenings of 2015 festival favorite The Wolfpack in the Triangle area this month. A Third Friday screening in Durham and a screening in Carrboro are both part of the Full Frame Road Show presented by PNC. Director Crystal Moselle’s film won the 2015 Sundance Grand Jury Prize […]


September 29: Photobook Club Discussion of “The Sweet Flypaper of Life”

September 29: Photobook Club Discussion of “The Sweet Flypaper of Life”

The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to host a book discussion group organized by Duke Archive of Documentary Arts (ADA) curator Lisa McCarty (MFA|EDA ’13; 2013–14 CDS exhibitions intern). At the ADA Photobook Club’s third meeting, the group will focus on The Sweet Flypaper of Life by Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes. Tuesday, September 29, […]


September 25: Fall Fresh Docs Kicks Off With “Raising Bertie,” Stories of Youth in Rural America

September 25: Fall Fresh Docs Kicks Off With "Raising Bertie," Stories of Youth in Rural America

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of director/producer Margaret Byrne’s Raising Bertie, which makes the case that rural America does matter. The film is presented as part of the Fresh Docs series featuring documentary works-in-progress; following the screenings, SDF director Rachel Raney moderates a conversation with the filmmaker(s) during which the audience […]


FREE September 24: Full Frame Road Show Screening of “Racing Extinction” at Duke Gardens

FREE September 24: Full Frame Road Show Screening of “Racing Extinction” at Duke Gardens

Put it on your calendar: the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will present a free screening of Racing Extinction as part of the Full Frame Road Show Film Series, a Full Frame program presented by PNC. Oscar-winning director Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) assembles a team of artists and activists on an undercover operation to expose the hidden world of endangered species and […]


September 17: Reception and Artist’s Talk For Jessica Ingram’s “Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial”

September 17: Reception and Artist's Talk For Jessica Ingram's "Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial"

The Center for Documentary Studies is honored to be the host venue for photographer Jessica Ingram‘s Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial, through October 17, 2015. (Scroll down for a slideshow of images.) Ingram will be at CDS on September 17 for an artist’s talk at 7 p.m., preceded by a reception at 6 p.m.; free […]


“Question Bridge: Black Males” Open to the Public Through November 21

"Question Bridge: Black Males" Open to the Public Through November 21

Question Bridge: Black Males, a documentary-styled video art installation that explores critically challenging issues within the African American male community, will be on view at the Power Plant Gallery in Durham, North Carolina, from September 8–November 21, 2015. (The exhibit will be open on Sunday, November 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for attendees of the Center for Documentary […]


September 9: Governors’ Film Screening & Conversation, “The Toughest Job: William Winter’s Mississippi”

September 9: Governors’ Film Screening & Conversation, "The Toughest Job: William Winter's Mississippi"

A cross-university event on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus features a film screening of The Toughest Job: William Winter’s Mississippi and conversation with the former Mississippi governor and former North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt. This Southern Documentary Project film received the 2015 Emmy for Best Historical Documentary from the Southeast division of the National Academy of Television Arts and […]


Full Frame Third Friday: “King Georges” Screens FREE on August 21 and 27

Full Frame Third Friday: “King Georges” Screens FREE on August 21 and 27

Put these two dates on your calendar: the Full Frame Film Festival will host two free screenings of King Georges in the Triangle area this month. The free Third Friday screening on August 21 in Durham and the August 27 screening at the Cary Theater are both part of the Full Frame Road Show presented by PNC. Friday, August 21, 7:30 p.m. […]


Closing Reception, August 21: “Phone Home Durham” Exhibit

Closing Reception, August 21: "Phone Home Durham" Exhibit

“Through this performance, the digital converts to the material—from an image living in the world of the virtual to being something that can hang on a wall, rest in a box, live as a print and become historical record.” —Caitlin Margaret Kelly,  Power Plant Gallery public programs director The Power Plant Gallery, a laboratory for the […]


Student Action with Farmworkers End of Summer Celebration, August 8

Student Action with Farmworkers End of Summer Celebration, August 8

Celebrate the success of Student Action with Farmworkers‘ current crop of farmworker activists by joining SAF for their end of summer celebration on August 8. Student Action with Farmworkers—a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a more just agricultural system—has been a partner and documentary collaborator of the Center for Documentary Studies for over twenty years. Saturday, August 8, 6–10 p.m. Full Frame […]


FREE August 6: Full Frame Screening of “Beauty is Embarrassing”

FREE August 6: Full Frame Screening of "Beauty is Embarrassing"

Put it on your calendar: the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will present a one night only free screening of 2012 festival favorite Beauty is Embarrassing in Durham as part of the Full Frame Road Show presented by PNC. Thursday, August 6, 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.) 21C Museum Hotel 111 North Corcoran St., Durham, North Carolina Directions        […]


July 24: “Audio Under the Stars” Audio Festival Continues With “Dog Days”

July 24: “Audio Under the Stars” Audio Festival Continues With “Dog Days”

Summertime is more than lazy days and picnics. The Dog Days were once considered an evil time when “wine grew sour and dogs turned mad.”  We take a look at the good and the bad: summer flings and overheated outbursts; stories of indolence and frenzy. Plus, dogs. We like dogs. — Audio Under the Stars creators Jenny […]


FREE July 17: Full Frame Third Friday Screening of “In Transit”

FREE July 17: Full Frame Third Friday Screening of “In Transit"

Put it on your calendar: the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will present a free Third Friday screening of In Transit in Durham as part of the Full Frame Road Show presented by PNC. Friday, July 17, 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.) Full Frame Theater, Power Plant building American Tobacco Campus 320 Blackwell St., Durham, North Carolina Directions        […]


June 23 & 24: “Border Odyssey” Book Events With Duke/CDS Scholar Charlie Thompson

June 23 & 24: "Border Odyssey" Book Events With Duke/CDS Scholar Charlie Thompson

A new book by Center for Documentary Studies faculty member Charles D. (Charlie) Thompson is attracting widespread notice for Thompson’s photographs and prose, which combine in Border Odyssey: Travels Along the U.S.–Mexico Divide to create a “potent cri de coeur for a more compassionate, sane, and humane border policy” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), a publication that Publisher’s Weekly called “one of the most interesting […]


Full Frame Third Friday: “King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” Screens FREE on June 19 and 26

Full Frame Third Friday: “King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” Screens FREE on June 19 and 26

Put these two dates on your calendar: the Full Frame Film Festival will host two free screenings of King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters in the Triangle area this month. The free Third Friday screening on June 19 in Durham is part of the Full Frame Road Show presented by PNC, and the June 26 screening at City Plaza in […]