Archive for May, 2011

Charlie Thompson on “Spirits of Just Men”

Charlie Thompson on "Spirits of Just Men"

Charlie Thompson, director of the undergraduate program at CDS, holds the faculty position of Lecturer in the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Duke and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Religion. His latest book, Spirits of Just Men: Mountaineers, Liquor Bosses, and Lawmen in the Moonshine Capital of the World (University of Illinois […]


Tom Rankin’s Recent Photographs from the Mississippi Delta Featured by Garden & Gun Magazine

Tom Rankin's Recent Photographs from the Mississippi Delta Featured by Garden & Gun Magazine

CDS director Tom Rankin recently traveled to Mississippi, where he took photographs of the flood- and drought-ravaged state. A selection of his photographs, “Dispatch from the Delta,” are being featured on the website of Garden & Gun magazine. View an online slideshow of the images here.  


“The Parchman Hour” Play Presented at the Freedom Riders 50th Anniversary Reunion in Jackson, Mississippi in May 2011

"The Parchman Hour" Play Presented at the Freedom Riders 50th Anniversary Reunion in Jackson, Mississippi in May 2011

The Parchman Hour brings to the stage powerful oral histories and conversations from the Freedom Rides’ most iconic protagonists and antagonists alike. Based on interviews, newspaper accounts, documentary imagery, and other primary sources, The Parchman Hour is the outgrowth of a yearlong residency by actor and playwright Mike Wiley, a visiting professor at the Center for […]


American Studies: Photographs by Jim Dow Exhibition and Book Launch Party

American Studies: Photographs by Jim Dow Exhibition and Book Launch Party

Peripatetic artist Jim Dow has compiled many of his best-known images in this extraordinary love poem to America. Using a large format camera on the road, Dow has catalogued the stadiums, the road signs, the diners, and the ice cream parlors that pepper the landscape. Jim Dow: American Studies June 2–July 15, 2011 Janet Borden […]


Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Announces Record Attendance

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Announces Record Attendance

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival announced numbers for the 2011 Festival, and record attendance yielded 1.78 million dollars for the local economy. Festival organizers report almost $200,000 in total sales from passes and single tickets, seating over 29,000 patrons and selling out a record 34 events. Full Frame featured 99 films screened at seven […]


“Spirits of Just Men” by Charles D. Thompson Jr.

"Spirits of Just Men" by Charles D. Thompson Jr.

Spirits of Just Men tells the story of moonshine in 1930s America, as seen through the remarkable location of Franklin County, Virginia, a place that many still refer to as the “moonshine capital of the world.” Charles D. Thompson Jr., curriculum and education director at the Center for Documentary Studies and a lecturer in cultural […]


The Jazz Loft Project Gallery Talk by Courtney Reid-Eaton at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

The Jazz Loft Project Gallery Talk by Courtney Reid-Eaton at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

The Jazz Loft Project: W. Eugene Smith in New York City, 1957-1965, an exhibition of photographs and recordings of some of the jazz world’s greatest musicians and underground jam session artists, was produced as part a decade-long project at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS). Courtney Reid-Eaton, exhibitions director at CDS and a co-curator of […]


Register Now for the Documentary Video Institute, June 4–June 11, 2011

Register Now for the Documentary Video Institute, June 4–June 11, 2011

In this eight-day intensive, students are fully immersed in the process of documentary filmmaking. Working in small production teams (one instructor for every four students) led by experienced documentary filmmakers, you will be introduced to an array of tools and techniques as you collaborate with a partner to direct, shoot, edit, and screen a documentary […]


Continuing Education Spring 2011 Final Project Presentations and Graduation

Continuing Education Spring 2011 Final Project Presentations and Graduation

Nine graduating students in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program at the Center for Documentary Studies will present their final projects to the public during a free, premium event at the Nasher Museum of Art. Final Documentary Project Presentations Friday, May 20, 7 p.m. (Reception, 6 p.m.) Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University Throughout […]


Watch a Clip from “In My Mind” (“In My Mind”)

Watch a Clip from "In My Mind" ("In My Mind")

“In My Mind” is a segment from In My Mind, a new film from the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University documenting Jason Moran and the Big Bandwagon’s 2009 original interpretation of Thelonious Monk’s 1959 Town Hall performance. In My Mind was filmed as part of Gary Hawkins’ Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking Course at […]


Film Screening: Against the Tide

Film Screening: Against the Tide

Against the Tide is a documentary about two men released from Orange Correctional Center—their preparation for release and their experiences immediately upon release and the following six months. Unlike most released inmates, Bill Rasor and LeJhoyn Holland had the benefit of support teams and sponsors. Through personal interviews conducted over twelve months, this documentary shows […]


American Studies: Photographs by Jim Dow

American Studies: Photographs by Jim Dow

In American Studies, Jim Dow documents places and things crafted and occupied by ordinary people for practical purposes that share inventiveness and resilience, that mix the makeshift with the carefully considered. For Dow, landscape is fashioned by those who leave their mark both in and out of doors; on signs and billboards, in barbershops, office […]


Photographs from Advanced Documentary Photography: Vision and Craft with Alex Harris

Photographs from Advanced Documentary Photography: Vision and Craft with Alex Harris

Advanced Documentary Photography: Vision and Craft is designed for photographers who have created a relatively large body of images and want to learn more about how to edit and present those photographs to publishers, galleries, curators, and the general public. The workshop was taught at CDS from May 5–8, 2011. Learn more about Continuing Education at […]


Watch a Clip from “In My Mind” (“Not His Hands!”)

Watch a Clip from "In My Mind" ("Not His Hands!")

“Not His Hands!” is a segment from In My Mind, a new film from the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University documenting Jason Moran and the Big Bandwagon’s 2009 original interpretation of Thelonious Monk’s 1959 Town Hall performance. In My Mind was filmed as part of Gary Hawkins’ Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking Course at […]


Randall Kenan at the 2011 Listening Institute

Randall Kenan at the 2011 Listening Institute

  Randall Kenan at the 2011 Listening Institute Recorded on March 20, 2011 at CDS The 2011 Listening Institute, a partnership between CDS and the Third Coast International Audio Festival, brought about thirty audio/radio producers from across the United States to Durham for three days of intensive listening and discussion. The group listened to audio […]


Watch Student Video Projects from “Anytown USA: Smithfield”

Watch Student Video Projects from “Anytown USA: Smithfield”

Anytown, USA is a documentary video production and editing class at the Center for Documentary Studies taught by Randy Benson, in which students produce and edit a short documentary video on a topic of choice related to a small town in North Carolina. This year, students focused on the town of Smithfield, and created six […]


“Endangered Durham” Blog Features History of the Center for Documentary Studies Building

"Endangered Durham" Blog Features History of the Center for Documentary Studies Building

A detailed history of the Center for Documentary Studies building at Duke University, previously known as the Angier-Satterfield House, was featured recently in the Endangered Durham blog. Read about the history of the building and see photographs here.  


“Travels with Mike” CDS Radio Documentary Featured on PRX, Airing Nationwide

"Travels with Mike" CDS Radio Documentary Featured on PRX, Airing Nationwide

A half-century after John Steinbeck drove the country with his dog Charley and wrote his well-known account of the journey, producer and CDS audio program director John Biewen visited some key locations on Steinbeck’s itinerary, traveling not with a dog but with a microphone—mike, that is. In each location, he collaborated with an artist who […]


Nancy Kalow on “Visual Storytelling: The Digital Video Documentary”

Nancy Kalow on "Visual Storytelling: The Digital Video Documentary"

Nancy Kalow is a folklorist and filmmaker who has taught at the Center for Documentary Studies since 2000. She attended Harvard University (A.B.), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (M.A.), and was a Rockefeller Fellow at UNC’s University Center for International Studies. She has documented southern traditional music and material culture, Primitive Baptist […]