Archive for January, 2011

The Blue Sky Film Festival

The Blue Sky Film Festival

Selected screenings from the 2011 Blue Sky Film Festival, which takes place February 4–6, 2011 in Chapel Hill, NC Friday, February 4, 3:30 p.m. The Great Dictator A Film by Nancy Kalow Lumina Theater, Chapel Hill This film documents “dead media” and a unique collection of audio recording machines exemplifying industrial design in the pre-digital […]


Jazz Then and Now: A Conversation Between Branford Marsalis and Sam Stephenson

Jazz Then and Now: A Conversation Between Branford Marsalis and Sam Stephenson

For a decade Sam Stephenson and his colleagues at the Center for Documentary Studies have been studying a dilapidated loft building in New York City that was a legendary after-hours jazz haunt from 1954 to 1965. Photographer W. Eugene Smith documented the scene in thousands of hours of tapes and thousands of photographs, providing a […]


Hank Willis Thomas: Hope and Question Bridge Exhibit Opens at Duke

Hank Willis Thomas: Hope and Question Bridge Exhibit Opens at Duke

The John Hope Franklin Center for International and Interdisciplinary Studies and FHI will present a collaborative, multi-site exhibition of new and recent works by contemporary visual artist and photographer Hank Willis Thomas. On view at the Franklin Center Gallery will be the exhibition Hope, a survey show of seven major large-scale photographic works by the […]


Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Accepting Applications for the 2011 Garrett Scott Grant

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Accepting Applications for the 2011 Garrett Scott Grant

The Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant funds first time documentary makers for travel and accommodations at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, April 14-17, 2011. For four days, grant recipients will be given access to films, participate in master classes and be mentored by experienced filmmakers. TWO filmmakers will be chosen for the grant in […]


New MFA Program at Duke: Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts

New MFA Program at Duke: Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts

A unique initiative, the new MFA in Experimental & Documentary Arts (MFAEDA) at Duke University couples experimental visual practice with the documentary arts in a two-year program. Priority Application Deadline: January 30, 2011 Post-deadline applications will be reviewed as space allows Guided by first-year advisors and a faculty thesis committee, students will explore a curriculum that […]


Interview with Priya Kambli (2010 Daylight/ CDS Photo Awards)

Interview with Priya Kambli (2010 Daylight/ CDS Photo Awards)

Interview with Priya Kambli Juror’s Pick (Vince Aletti), Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Project Prize As you described in your artist statement, you absolutely despised being photographed by your father when you were younger. What made you decide or realize that your passion was to become a photographer? Having grown in a household where photography was prevalent […]


The Jazz Loft Project Exhibition at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

The Jazz Loft Project Exhibition at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

Named an exclusive top 10 photo show for 2010 by DLK Collection: “Undeniably one of the best photography shows of 2010 … this is a fantastic show, deep in scholarship and compelling in its imagery.”     The Jazz Loft Project: W. Eugene Smith in New York City, 1957-1965, an exhibition of photographs and recordings of some […]


2011 Full Frame Thematic Program and Career Award Winners Announced

2011 Full Frame Thematic Program and Career Award Winners Announced

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (April 14-17) has announced their Thematic Program and the 2011 Career Award. The Thematic Program is an annual program of films that are related through a central theme. A guest curator is invited each year to curate films around a timely subject or idea. The Full Frame Career Award […]


Microlending Film: A Documentary About Enterprising Women

Microlending Film: A Documentary About Enterprising Women

Two Preview Screenings of Microlending Film: A Documentary About Enterprising Women Duke alum Rachel Cook will be in Durham this month to screen a twenty-minute clip from her work in progress, Microlending Film: A Documentary About Enterprising Women (working title), which Cook conceived and is directing and producing with an award-winning team. Tuesday, January 25, […]


Photography Exhibition and Documentary Film Focus on Child Labor

Photography Exhibition and Documentary Film Focus on Child Labor

Duke Chapel will be hosting Faces of Freedom, a traveling photo exhibition documenting the lives and working conditions of children employed in rug factories in India, Nepal and Pakistan, from January 20th to February 24th, 2011. In conjunction with the exhibition will be a screening of the documentary Stolen Childhoods which chronicles the stories of […]


Tom Rankin with the Maasai Project in Kenya

Tom Rankin with the Maasai Project in Kenya

CDS director Tom Rankin traveled to Kenya a second time in September to continue work with the Maasai community of Laikipia to document their own culture in order to preserve and protect Maasai creativity and history. The project is a partnership between CDS, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, the American Folklife Center […]


Interview with Rachel Barrett (2010 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards)

Interview with Rachel Barrett (2010 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards)

Interview with Rachel Barrett Juror’s Pick (Hank Willis Thomas), Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Project Prize In juror Hank Willis Thomas’s statement about your project, he said that you “understand texture” and that your “serious search for connection with your subjects comes through in your images.” Do you think that this is a fair assessment of what […]


CDS Continuing Education Information Session and Student Testimonials

CDS Continuing Education Information Session and Student Testimonials

Prospective and current students welcome! Come and ask questions about courses at CDS, meet instructors, and learn about the Certificate in Documentary Arts. Please register on-line for this free session at www.cdscourses.org. For additional information, contact Continuing Education at the Center for Documentary Studies: 919-660-3663 or cdscourses@duke.edu Continuing Education Information Session with April Walton Monday, January […]


Listen to Audio from The Art of Farming: A Public Symposium

Listen to Audio from The Art of Farming: A Public Symposium

Audio from The Art of Farming: A Public Symposium is now available to listen online. The Art of Farming symposium builds on the national documentary project Five Farms: Stories from American Farm Families, which followed the lives of five farming families (from Massachusetts, North Carolina, Iowa, Arizona, and California) during the course of one year. Their […]


Interview with Elizabeth Moreno (2010 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards)

Interview with Elizabeth Moreno (2010 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards)

Interview with Elizabeth Moreno Winner and Juror’s Pick (Vince Aletti), Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Work-in-Process Prize Why did you decide to do utilize diptychs in your work? This project started with the idea to portray the rancheros within their environment. Working with diptychs allows me to make more emphasis in the little details I find in […]


Chat Online with Barbara Lau of the Pauli Murray Project

Chat Online with Barbara Lau of the Pauli Murray Project

    Chat online with Barbara Lau of Duke’s Pauli Murray Project Pauli Murray was a significant pioneer in civil rights activism, the law, the Episcopal church and in writing about race and family, but her home town of Durham is catching up on honoring her legacy. The various meanings of Murray’s life and work will […]


New Documentary Video Course: Merge Records 15th Anniversary Videos

New Documentary Video Course: Merge Records 15th Anniversary Videos

Merge Records 15th Anniversary Videos Cam Carrithers This course gives students experienced in Final Cut Pro a chance to edit live music videos for Merge Records. Each student will edit one live video from 2004’s Merge Records fifteenth anniversary festival, giving them the opportunity to add a project for a professional client to their portfolio. […]


CDS Instructor Christopher Sims Receives the 2010 Baum Award for Emerging Photographers

CDS Instructor Christopher Sims Receives the 2010 Baum Award for Emerging Photographers

In 2010 Christopher Sims, CDS undergraduate photography instructor and web content manager, was named a recipient of the prestigious Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers. He has an undergraduate degree in history from Duke University, a master’s degree in visual communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a M.F.A. in studio […]


Bruce Orenstein Joins CDS Faculty

Bruce Orenstein Joins CDS Faculty

This academic year Bruce Orenstein joins the Center for Documentary Studies faculty as an Artist in Residence. During the Spring 2011 semester, Orenstein will be teaching a new documentary course for both Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduates, Documentary Studies: Video for Social Change. The course will be taught in collaboration with Student Action with Farmworkers […]


Tift Merritt and Simone Dinnerstein Perform the World Premiere of “Night”

Tift Merritt and Simone Dinnerstein Perform the World Premiere of "Night"

Singer-songwriter Tift Merritt and classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein will be participating in a residency at Duke University in preparation for the World Premiere of their collaboration Night, a series of concerts commissioned by Duke and featuring new music by Patty Griffin, Brad Mehldau and Philip Lasser and featuring arrangements by Jenny Scheinman. Among the events leading up to […]


Interview with Nandita Raman (2010 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards)

Interview with Nandita Raman (2010 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards)

Interview with Nandita Raman Winner and Juror’s Pick (Julie Saul), Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Project Prize We read that the inspiration for the theme of your series, Cinema Play House, came from the fact that your mother used to own a movie theater.  Can you talk about the connection you have to the cinema and why […]


Full Frame Winter Series at the American Tobacco Campus

Full Frame Winter Series at the American Tobacco Campus

The Full Frame Winter Series features three of the 15 documentary films shortlisted for the 83rd Academy Awards. Screenings begin at 7 p.m. and are located in the Bay 7 Cinema at the American Tobacco Campus. The Winter Series is free and open to the public. January 12, 2011 – CLIENT 9: THE RISE AND […]