Programs+Projects

Danielle Mayes Wins 2017 Louis Sudler Prize in the Creative and Performing Arts at Duke University

Danielle Mayes Wins 2017 Louis Sudler Prize in the Creative and Performing Arts at Duke University

Following a nomination by the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University, Danielle Mayes, a CDS student and visual and media studies major, has been awarded the prestigious Louis Sudler Prize in the Creative and Performing Arts—an annual prize at fourteen major universities. The prize is awarded to the graduating senior at each university […]


Support a Storyteller. Help Change the World.

Support a Storyteller. Help Change the World.

“I have seen how the tools of documentary arts give girls a sense of agency and power over their own stories and dreams. I am constantly thrilled to see the girls’ amazement as they share their artistic work with the public and realize the value their voices and visions carry in opening up channels of […]


Remembrance, and a Reading by C.D. Wright

Remembrance, and a Reading by C.D. Wright

We at the Center for Documentary Studies were so fortunate that our and C.D. Wright‘s stars aligned several times over the last fifteen years. In 2000, she and photographer Deborah Luster won our tenth Lange-Taylor Prize for their collaboration One Big Self, which represented and rendered the lives of Louisiana inmates in photographs and words. A special publication here […]


Apply Now: Duke Student Fellowships at the 2017 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Apply Now: Duke Student Fellowships at the 2017 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

February 1, 2017, deadline: Duke University undergraduates have the unique opportunity to join other students from schools across the country in the Fellows Program of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina, April 6 through April 9, 2017. Last year, approximately 180 participants from 18 schools took part in the program which is aimed […]


Now Hiring! Full Frame Seeks Seven-Month Paid Programming Intern

Now Hiring! Full Frame Seeks Seven-Month Paid Programming Intern

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, a program of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, seeks a seven-month Programming Intern, from November 2016 to May 2017. The Programming Intern will gain broad experience in various functions of the festival programming department and obtain an overall view of how festival content is determined, organized, and exhibited. […]


Register Now! Harvey Stein to Teach Documentary Street Photography Course at CDS

Register Now! Harvey Stein to Teach Documentary Street Photography Course at CDS

The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to welcome back acclaimed documentary photographer Harvey Stein, who will again teach his popular Documentary Street Photography workshop, September 23–25, 2016.  The class, offered through our Continuing Education program, will consist of lectures, demonstrations, slide presentations, critiques, and photographic field trips. Topics will include photographing strangers, strategies of approach and interaction, methods […]


September 6: CDS Continuing Education Information Session

September 6: CDS Continuing Education Information Session

The Center for Documentary Studies offers Continuing Education classes year-round—in photography, video, audio, narrative writing, and other creative media. An open information session about CDS Continuing Education courses will be held on Tuesday, September 6, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Come and ask questions about courses at CDS, meet instructors and Continuing Ed director April Walton, and […]


Register Now: New Fall 2016 Continuing Education Courses, Both Onsite and Online

Register Now: New Fall 2016 Continuing Education Courses, Both Onsite and Online

The Center for Documentary Studies offers Continuing Education classes year-round—in photography, video, audio, narrative writing, and other creative media. Registration is now open for Fall 2016 classes and workshops with a host of established, new, and online classes on offer; see our twelve new courses below. Additionally, an open information session about CDS Continuing Education courses will […]


We’re Hiring! Apply Now for Full-Time Administrative Assistant to the Director Position

We’re Hiring! Apply Now for Full-Time Administrative Assistant to the Director Position

The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS) is hiring an Administrative Assistant to the Director who will be responsible for coordinating the daily logistics of CDS’s Director and performing a variety of administrative duties with wide latitude for exercising discretion and judgment. The Administrative Assistant must be able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously […]


Now Hiring! Full Frame Seeks Full-Time Programming Coordinator

Now Hiring! Full Frame Seeks Full-Time Programming Coordinator

NOTE: The search for this position is now closed. The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, a program of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, is hiring a Programming Coordinator, who will be responsible for development, implementation, and management of core components of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival’s Programming Department, including the submission process, the selection […]


CDS is Hiring: Nine-Month Paid Exhibitions Internship

CDS is Hiring: Nine-Month Paid Exhibitions Internship

The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University is accepting applications for a nine-month paid exhibitions internship that will begin in September 2016 and end in May 2017. The intern will gain broad experience in the documentary field, with particular focus on exhibiting the documentary arts. The intern will be based at CDS in Durham, North Carolina, […]


CDS Continuing Education Partners with Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment

CDS Continuing Education Partners with Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment

The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to announce a new partnership with Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. The Continuing Education Program at CDS is partnering with the Nicholas School’s Duke Environmental Leadership (DEL) Executive Education program to provide working professionals with new opportunities to enhance their environmental communications skills. Through the partnership, participants in some CDS Continuing […]


#PPGArtists: Public Studio Residencies at the Power Plant Gallery

#PPGArtists: Public Studio Residencies at the Power Plant Gallery

This summer, the Power Plant Gallery, an initiative of the Center for Documentary Studies and MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University, inaugurates a residency program for individual artists and artist groups. Three separate one-month public studio residencies will be held in June, July, and August at the 1,500-square-foot gallery, located at the historic American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham. […]


We’re Hiring! Apply Now for Full-Time Business Manager Position

We’re Hiring! Apply Now for Full-Time Business Manager Position

THE SEARCH FOR THIS POSITION HAS BEEN CLOSED The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS) is hiring a business manager who will be responsible for overall administrative management and coordination of a variety of functions for CDS, including finance, budget, personnel, grant administration, support for undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs, and policy interpretation […]


Full Frame Announces Additional Programming for 2016 Festival

Full Frame Announces Additional Programming for 2016 Festival

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced the Opening Night Film and additional programming for the 2016 festival (April 7–10), including four Center Frame programs, three free film screenings, and the presentation of this year’s Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant recipients. See below for screening details, and go to Full Frame’s announcements webpage for more information on the […]


Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Announces 2016 NEW DOCS and Invited Program Lineups

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Announces 2016 NEW DOCS and Invited Program Lineups

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced its Invited Program and NEW DOCS lineups of features and shorts for the 19th annual festival, April 7–10 in Durham, North Carolina. This year, 49 NEW DOCS titles—32 features and 17 shorts from across the United States and around the world—were selected from more than 1,800 submissions and […]


2016 Full Frame Tribute and Thematic Programs Announced

2016 Full Frame Tribute and Thematic Programs Announced

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced its Tribute Award, which will honor director and documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson with a retrospective of her work at this year’s event as well as the 2016 festival’s Thematic Program, which will look at campaigns, candidates, and the electoral process in a series titled “Perfect and Otherwise: Documenting American […]


2016 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Photography Deadline Now February 23

2016 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Photography Deadline Now February 23

The CDS Documentary Essay Prize is awarded by the Center for Documentary Studies to honor the best in documentary writing and photography in alternating years, with a focus on current or recently completed work from a long-term project. The 2016 CDS Documentary Essay Prize will be for documentary photography. The winner of the competition will receive $3,000 […]


Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Accepting Applications for 2016 Garrett Scott Grants

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Accepting Applications for 2016 Garrett Scott Grants

Now in its tenth year, the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant funds first-time documentary directors for travel and accommodations to attend the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, April 7-10, 2016. For four days, grant recipients will be given access to films, master classes, and mentorship by experienced filmmakers. Recipients will also present short excerpts from their […]


Closed: Full Frame Full-Time Marketing Director Position

Closed: Full Frame Full-Time Marketing Director Position

Note: This position listing is now closed. The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, a program of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, is hiring a Marketing Director, who will be responsible for developing, planning, and implementing all marketing and public relations activities for the annual four-day festival, as well as coordinating and planning marketing and public relations efforts […]


November 13: Fall Fresh Docs Continues With “The Real Mayberry,” A Film About Andy Griffith’s Hometown

November 13: Fall Fresh Docs Continues With “The Real Mayberry," A Film About Andy Griffith's Hometown

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of director Bill Hayes’s The Real Mayberry, a film about the past, present and future of Andy Griffith’s hometown of Mt. Airy, North Carolina. The film is presented as part of the Fresh Docs series featuring documentary works-in-progress; following the screenings, SDF director Rachel Raney moderates […]


October 30: Fall Fresh Docs Continues With “After Coal,” Stories of New Beginnings in Kentucky and Wales

October 30: Fall Fresh Docs Continues With “After Coal,” Stories of New Beginnings in Kentucky and Wales

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of director Tom Hansell’s After Coal, about the new futures being built in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky and South Wales. 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 […]


Podcast: Episode Two of “Scene On Radio” Available Now on iTunes and Online

Podcast: Episode Two of "Scene On Radio" Available Now on iTunes and Online

The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to present the second episode of our new podcast, Scene on Radio. Produced and hosted by CDS audio director John Biewen, the biweekly podcast asks, How’s it going out there? And leaves the studio to find out, capturing the sounds of life happening and telling stories that explore human experience and […]


Introducing “Scene On Radio,” a New Podcast From CDS

Introducing "Scene On Radio," a New Podcast From CDS

The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to announce the creation of a new podcast, Scene on Radio. Produced and hosted by CDS audio director John Biewen, the biweekly podcast will offer listeners a regular and frequent dose of audio work made at CDS—new stories produced by Biewen, the best pieces made by our students, […]