Films & Videos

Enjoy: Final Projects by Spring 2017 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

Enjoy: Final Projects by Spring 2017 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

On May 24, 2017, seven CDS Continuing Education students graduated with a Certificate in Documentary Arts. They presented their final projects before an audience of friends, family, teachers, fellow students, and fans of documentary in the Full Frame Theater at the American Tobacco Campus. A reception followed in the Boiler Room outside the theater. The projects […]


Enjoy: Final Projects by Fall 2016 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

Enjoy: Final Projects by Fall 2016 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

On December 9, 2016, seven CDS Continuing Education students showed their final projects and received the Certificate in Documentary Arts. The graduation took place before an audience of friends, family, teachers, fellow students, and fans of documentary in the Full Frame Theater at the American Tobacco Campus. A reception followed in the Boiler Room outside the theater. The six […]


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

November 17: "East Durham Stories" From CDS's 2016 Documentary Video Institute Screen at Durham Public Library

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 […]


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 […]


Watch: “Anytown USA” Student Videos on Roseboro, North Carolina

Watch: “Anytown USA” Student Videos on Roseboro, North Carolina

Anytown, USA is a continuing education course at the Center for Documentary Studies developed and taught by longtime instructor Randy Benson. For its eighth season it shone a spotlight on Roseboro, North Carolina, a small town ninety miles southeast of Durham. With the help of Roseboro mayor Alice Butler, ten students traveled to Roseboro to meet […]


Enjoy: Final Projects by Fall 2015 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

Enjoy: Final Projects by Fall 2015 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

On Friday, December 11, 2015, six Continuing Education students at the Center for Documentary Studies presented their final projects to the public and received their Certificate in Documentary Arts. Randy Benson taught the Final Project Seminar in which four of the students honed their projects for the night’s presentation. Lindsey Phillips worked remotely with instructor Simone Keith […]


Watch: “East Durham Stories,” From the 2015 Documentary Video Institute

Watch: “East Durham Stories,” From the 2015 Documentary Video Institute

2015 marked the twelfth year of the Center for Documentary Studies‘ Documentary Video Institute, offered each summer through our Continuing Education program. In early June, students in the Documentary Video Institute returned to the East Durham, North Carolina, neighborhood for the second year of a planned three-year collaboration with this dynamic and diverse part of the city. Sixteen students […]


Watch: “Anytown USA” Student Videos on Robbins, North Carolina

Watch: “Anytown USA” Student Videos on Robbins, North Carolina

One small town. Seven stories. Seven filmmakers. Despite popular misconceptions, the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians live in towns of 5,000 people or less. We are a state of small towns. In fact, NC has the second-most number of small towns in the country. But all is not well. The mass exodus of manufacturing abroad […]


Enjoy: Final Projects by Spring 2015 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

Enjoy: Final Projects by Spring 2015 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, six Continuing Education students at the Center for Documentary Studies presented their final projects to the public and received their Certificate in Documentary Arts. Nancy Kalow taught the Final Project Seminar in which they honed their projects for the night’s presentation. The projects are below. Several students have requested their videos not […]


Enjoy: Final Projects by Fall 2014 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

Enjoy: Final Projects by Fall 2014 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

On a Friday evening in December 2014, eleven Continuing Education students at the Center for Documentary Studies received their Certificate in Documentary Arts. Their projects encompassed all varieties of media taught at CDS: There were five videos, three audio slideshows, two writing projects, and one multimedia website. The students capped off several years of study to come together […]


“From the World to Lynn: Stories of Immigration”: A Multimedia Exhibit at CDS

"From the World to Lynn: Stories of Immigration": A Multimedia Exhibit at CDS

A multimedia exhibit featuring the work of Andrea Patiño Contreras, is now on view at the Center for Documentary Studies. Composed of black-and-white photographs, audio oral histories, and an interactive website, From the World to Lynn: Stories of Immigration is the product of an independent project Contreras undertook while in Massachusetts as a CDS  Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow to help her better understand the […]


Watch: Lehman Brady Visiting Professor Marco Williams Interviewed on “North Carolina Now”

Watch: Lehman Brady Visiting Professor Marco Williams Interviewed on "North Carolina Now"

Watch an interview with our 2014-15 Lehman Brady Professor, acclaimed filmmaker Marco Williams, that was recently featured on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Now. The program “examines the most pressing issues of the day, talks with its most important people, visits the most interesting places in the state, and celebrates our arts and culture.” In the video below—beginning at timestamp 13:32—Williams […]


Watch: Undergraduates Explore the Lives of North Carolina Activists

Watch: Undergraduates Explore the Lives of North Carolina Activists

Center for Documentary Studies visiting artist Bruce Orenstein teaches a class each semester in which undergraduates work with grassroots organizations in North Carolina to produce advocacy videos for social change. As part of the growing collaboration between Orenstein’s coursework and the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, this summer the Human Rights Center […]


Watch: “East Durham/Cleveland-Holloway Stories,” from the 2014 Documentary Video Institute

Watch: "East Durham/Cleveland-Holloway Stories," from the 2014 Documentary Video Institute

2014 marked the eleventh year of the CDS Documentary Video Institute, offered each summer through the Continuing Education program at the Center for Documentary Studies. In response to strong demand it drew twenty-eight students—up from the usual twenty-four—for an intense week of “boot camp”–style doc training. In one week, they went from setting up interviews to showing their work […]


Watch: “Anytown USA” Student Video Projects on Liberty, North Carolina

Watch: "Anytown USA" Student Video Projects on Liberty, North Carolina

Anytown, USA is a class offered once a year through the Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education program, in which students produce and edit short videos related to a small town in North Carolina. Developed by longtime CDS instructor Randy Benson, previous Anytown courses focused on the towns of Pittsboro, Bladenboro, Smithfield, Star, and Scotland […]


Enjoy: Final Projects by Spring 2014 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

Enjoy: Final Projects by Spring 2014 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

On the evening of April 25th, six Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education students received their Certificates in the Documentary Arts at the Full Frame Theater. The presented work included four videos, one audio piece, and one dramatic reading with multimedia accompaniment. Their projects reflected many years of study at the Center, culminating in the Final […]


Ethics Film Series Explores the New South with “Junebug” on February 18

Ethics Film Series Explores the New South with "Junebug" on February 18

The annual Ethics Film Series at Duke University provides popular and accessible vehicles for talking about ethics around a particular theme. The 2014 installment explores the idea of a “New South,” featuring films that grapple with the realities of southern life and the tensions between social progress and persistent inequalities. Screenings and post-film discussions are free and open to the […]


Watch: “North Carolina’s School-to-Prison Pipeline” Student-Produced Video

This short documentary produced by undergraduates in the Fall 2013 Video for Social Change course taught at the Center for Documentary Studies is a vivid portrayal of the devastating effects of laws, policies, and practices that push youth out of school and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The documentary was produced in association with the new organization […]


View/Listen: Final Projects from Fall 2013 Continuing Education Certificate Recipients

Jim Adams | Gaining Balance | Audio Jim Adams’ audio project was born out of his struggle to make sense of a deep personal loss. The piece was created from interviews with his brother,  father, and his own audio journals. Adams grew up in a small town in Indiana, and studied at the University of Indianapolis and Purdue University. […]


Upcoming Slideshows/Book Signings with “One Place” Editor Tom Rankin

Upcoming Slideshows/Book Signings with "One Place" Editor Tom Rankin

Tom Rankin, editor of the acclaimed One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia, will be speaking about the book at two upcoming events in the Triangle area. One Place was published in April by the Center for Documentary Studies in partnership with the University of North Carolina Press as part of […]


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

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

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, […]


Final Projects: Spring 2013 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

Eleven students in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program at the Center for Documentary Studies presented their final projects to the public and received their certificates at an event in May, followed by a reception at CDS. Offered through our Continuing Education program, the certificate program culminates in a Final Seminar in Documentary Studies, in which students finish and […]


Student-Produced Music Videos Spotlight Local Blues Artists

Student-Produced Music Videos Spotlight Local Blues Artists

The Music Maker Relief Foundation is a unique nonprofit organization in Hillsborough, North Carolina, “dedicated to helping the true pioneers and forgotten heroes of the Blues gain recognition and meet their day-to-day needs,” and to keeping the conversation about these artists alive. Check out Music Maker’s blog for a video series on local artists intended to […]


Watch: “Anytown, USA” Student Videos on Scotland Neck, North Carolina

Watch: "Anytown, USA" Student Videos on Scotland Neck, North Carolina

Anytown, USA is a class at the Center for Documentary Studies offered annually through our Continuing Education program, in which students produce and edit videos related to a small town in North Carolina. This year’s class, taught by filmmaker Randolph Benson, focused on the town of Scotland Neck, and each of the students created a short […]