Programs+Projects

Watch: The 2015 School of Doc Film, “SEEDS: The Documentary”

Watch: The 2015 School of Doc Film, "SEEDS: The Documentary"

Enjoy SEEDS: The Documentary, a short film produced by high school students in this summer’s School of Doc, a program of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Watch the film in its entirety below, or on the dedicated School of Doc Vimeo Page. SEEDS, which celebrates a Durham, North Carolina, nonprofit of the same name, had its world […]


Abbie Gascho Landis Awarded 2015 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Writing

Abbie Gascho Landis Awarded 2015 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Writing

By now I have become a freshwater mussel groupie. I fawn over photographs. . . . I stalk them from a distance, writing their names in my notebooks: fatmucket, pistolgrip, heelsplitter, shinyrayed pocketbook, spectaclecase, pigtoe, snufflebox. I pore over their bios. Posters of mussels hang in our bedroom. —Abbie Gascho Landis, from her prizewinning essay […]


Brenna Cukier, Laura Doggett, and Nicholas Pilarski: 2015–16 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows

Brenna Cukier, Laura Doggett, and Nicholas Pilarski: 2015–16 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows

The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to announce the 2015–16 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows, all of whom will be working with organizations in the New York City area; scroll down for more information on Brenna Cukier, Laura Doggett, and Nicholas Pilarski. Founded on the spirit, values, and actions of social documentary photographer Lewis Hine, CDS’s Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows […]


New Website Highlights Hine Documentary Fellowship Projects

New Website Highlights Hine Documentary Fellowship Projects

The Center for Documentary Studies’ Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program aspires to the spirit, values, and actions of its namesake Lewis Hine, a hugely influential pioneer of social documentary photography. In connecting committed young documentarians with organizations serving children, adolescents, and their communities, the program aims to demonstrate the impact of documentary work. Explore evidence […]


CDS Paid Internships for 2015–2016: Exhibitions and Digital Arts and Publishing

CDS Paid Internships for 2015–2016: Exhibitions and Digital Arts and Publishing

The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University is accepting applications for two paid nine-month internship positions that will begin in September 2015 and end in May 2016, based at CDS in Durham, North Carolina. The interns will gain broad experience in the documentary field, with particular focus on exhibitions and digital arts and publishing.  […]


May 20 Deadline for School of Doc, Full Frame’s Summer Filmmaking Camp

May 20 Deadline for School of Doc, Full Frame’s Summer Filmmaking Camp

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is seeking aspiring young filmmakers from public high schools in Durham, North Carolina, for School of Doc, the festival’s free documentary filmmaking camp. Participants in the intensive five-week summer camp learn all aspects of documentary filmmaking including camera operation, editing, lighting, and sound, working in production teams to produce a documentary on a subject of their choosing. The camp […]


Submissions Deadline Extended to May 18 for 2015 Lange-Taylor Prize

Submissions Deadline Extended to May 18 for 2015 Lange-Taylor Prize

This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the prestigious Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize, awarded by the Center for Documentary Studies. The $10,000 prize is given to encourage documentary work in the tradition of acclaimed photographer Lange and writer and social scientist Taylor, and supports documentary artists—working alone or in teams—whose existing, extended fieldwork projects rely on the interplay of words and images. […]


2015 Julia Harper Day Award Winner: Lauren Henschel

2015 Julia Harper Day Award Winner: Lauren Henschel

The Julia Harper Day Award was created by the Center for Documentary Studies in 1992 in memory of the young woman who was the CDS’s first staff member, a writer and photographer of real accomplishment. This $500 award goes to a graduating Duke University senior who has demonstrated excellence in documentary studies and contributed significantly […]


April 8 Deadline for 2015-16 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program

April 8 Deadline for 2015-16 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program

With two ten-month positions available in the New York City area, applications are now being accepted for the 2015–16 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program at the Center for Documentary Studies. Founded on the spirit, values, and actions of photographer Lewis Hine, the program connects the talents of young documentarians with the resources and needs of organizations […]


Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Announces 2015 NEW DOCS and Invited Program Lineups

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Announces 2015 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 18th annual festival, April 9–12 in Durham, North Carolina. This year, 49 NEW DOCS titles were selected from more than 1,300 submissions and will screen in competition, including 12 World Premieres, 13 North American Premieres, […]


Deadline Extended to March 2 for CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Writing

Deadline Extended to March 2 for CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Writing

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 2015 CDS Documentary Essay Prize will be for documentary writing. The winner of the competition will receive $3,000 […]


Document Duke 360º, a Yearlong Crowdsourced Photography Project

Document Duke 360º, a Yearlong Crowdsourced Photography Project

How do you see and experience Duke University? Take a picture. Tell your story. Document Duke 360º, a collaboration between Duke Photography and the Center for Documentary Studies, is an ambitious yearlong project that invites students, alumni, faculty or staff members, visitors, and members of the Durham community with a Duke connection to contribute their photographs in order to create […]


Mark Your Calendars: Full Frame Passes Go on Sale February 11

Mark Your Calendars: Full Frame Passes Go on Sale February 11

Mark your calendars! Four types of passes for the 2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (held this year April 9–12, in Durham, North Carolina) will go on sale at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 11, through the Duke University Box Office. To purchase, go to the online Full Frame store on the Box Office website; you may also buy passes in person […]


Apply Now: Duke Student Fellowships at the 2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Apply Now: Duke Student Fellowships at the 2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

February 20, 2015, 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 9–12, 2015. Last year, approximately 150 participants from 14 schools took part in the Fellows Program, which is aimed at […]


Full Frame’s Winter Series Continues with “The Overnighters”

Full Frame's Winter Series Continues with "The Overnighters"

On January 22, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival‘s annual Winter Series of free screenings at the historic Carolina Theatre continues with Full Frame veteran Jess Moss’s The Overnighters, in which he explores a tense community standoff in a North Dakota oil boom town. (Watch trailer.) Thursday, January 22, doors at 7 p.m., screening at 7:30 p.m. […]


Free Screening: Full Frame’s Winter Series Kicks Off

Free Screening: Full Frame's Winter Series Kicks Off

On January 15, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival‘s annual Winter Series of free screenings at the historic Carolina Theatre begins with Keep On Keepin’ On (click link to view trailer), a feature doc by first-time filmmaker Al Hicks. The film depicts the story of jazz legend Clark Terry, teacher and mentor to the most totemic figures […]


CDS Launches New Undergraduate Fellowships in the Documentary Arts

CDS Launches New Undergraduate Fellowships in the Documentary Arts

The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to launch a new initiative for Duke University undergraduates in Spring 2015, when the first Research in Practice Program (RIPP) Fellowships in the Documentary Arts will be awarded. The Fellows will complete and present for the public at the end of the semester a CDS faculty-advised documentary project […]


Full Frame Honored as Worldwide Top 25 Coolest Film Festival

Full Frame Honored as Worldwide Top 25 Coolest Film Festival

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, a program of the Center for Documentary Studies, has been named one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker Magazine. The top festivals are selected annually by a panel of seven judges who consider such qualities as uniformly excellent cinema, thoughtful panels and educational opportunities, willingness to experiment, […]


November 14: Fresh Docs Screening of “Undocumented and Unafraid”

November 14: Fresh Docs Screening of "Undocumented and Unafraid"

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund will present a free screening of director Charlie Thompson’s Undocumented and Unafraid as part of the Fresh Docs series, which features documentary works-in-progress. Following screenings, SDF director Rachel Raney moderates a conversation with the filmmaker in which the audience participates, providing valuable feedback. Undocumented and Unafraid Friday, November 14, 7 […]


October 28 and 29: Explore CDS Undergraduate Course Offerings!

October 28 and 29: Explore CDS Undergraduate Course Offerings!

Three upcoming free events will give area undergraduates the chance to learn more about Center for Documentary Studies undergraduate education courses and other related Duke programs. Travel to Durham Art Guild Photo Lecture Tuesday, October 28, 6-8 p.m. Meet at Washington Duke Statue on East Campus at 6 p.m. (Map) Meet up with other interested students and […]


Register Now! Upcoming Continuing Education Classes in the Documentary Arts

Register Now! Upcoming Continuing Education Classes in the Documentary Arts

Spaces remain in several upcoming Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education classes, all with start dates in October. Classes are either held at the CDS or online through a virtual session. For more information, class details, and to register, click the class links below. Story Collecting: Methods and Practices in Modern History (Nora Wheatherby) Friday, October 17, […]


Fall 2014 Issue of “Document” Now Available Online

Fall 2014 Issue of “Document” Now Available Online

The quarterly publication Document features some of the best documentary work supported and produced by the Center for Documentary Studies. The current issue is now available online; scroll down to view. Highlights in the Fall 2014 issue include an interview with Lehman-Brady Visiting Professor Marco Williams, a preview of the upcoming City Under One Roof exhibit featuring the work of 2013 Lange–Taylor Prizewinner […]


Full Frame Screens “The Case Against 8” as Part of NC Pride 2014

Full Frame Screens "The Case Against 8" as Part of NC Pride 2014

On September 26, in celebration of NC Pride 2014, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will present a free outdoor screening of festival favorite The Case Against 8 at Durham’s Central Park. Screening starts at dusk and is free and open to the public. Duke University and Center for Documentary Studies alumni Ryan White (’04) and Ben Cotner directed The Case […]


Full Frame Third Friday Screening of Festival Favorite “A Will for the Woods”

Full Frame Third Friday Screening of Festival Favorite "A Will for the Woods"

A Will for the Woods, winner of the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Audience Award, returns to Durham for a free Third Friday screening as part of the Full Frame Road Show presented by PNC. This multi-director feature documentary (Amy Browne, Jeremy Kaplan, Tony Hale, and Brian Wilson) follows musician, psychiatrist, and folk dancer Clark Wang as he prepares for his […]