Archive for July, 2011

Full Frame Movies on the Lawn Screening: “One Night in Kernersville” and “Do It Again”

Full Frame Movies on the Lawn Screening: "One Night in Kernersville" and "Do It Again"

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Movies on the Lawn series features four music documentaries that will take you on a journey from music fan to concert goer to reminiscing with iconic songwriting legends. Screenings are free and open to the public and begin at dusk (9 p.m.) on the main lawn at the American Tobacco […]


Sam Stephenson and the Jazz Loft Project Honored by The Independent’s Indies Arts Awards

Sam Stephenson and the Jazz Loft Project Honored by The Independent's Indies Arts Awards

Sam Stephenson: The Jazz Loft and the Other Side of History Sam Stephenson and the Jazz Loft Project are honored by The Independent‘s 2011 Indies Arts Awards The Independent‘s Indies Arts Awards honors artists and arts organizations for their often-unsung contributions to the cultural life of the Triangle. “Sam has, with his work on the Jazz […]


Chaos Manor: Sam Stephenson Writes About W. Eugene Smith’s Wichita on the Jazz Loft Project Blog

Chaos Manor: Sam Stephenson Writes About W. Eugene Smith's Wichita on the Jazz Loft Project Blog

The following is an excerpt from a blog entry by Sam Stephenson, director of the Jazz Loft Project at the Center for Documentary Studies, an extensive research initiative tracking down the stories of a loft building in New York City where photographer W. Eugene Smith made roughly 40,000 pictures and recorded about 4,000 hours of […]


“The Journey of a Storyteller,” Talk by Al Letson at the Center for Documentary Studies July 18

"The Journey of a Storyteller," Talk by Al Letson at the Center for Documentary Studies July 18

Al Letson, poet, playwright, and host of NPR’s State of the Re:Union, will present a talk at the Center for Documentary Studies on Monday, July 18. Letson is in Durham as a special guest instructor at CDS’s summer audio institute, “Hearing is Believing,” which brings 24 participants from across the country to learn the craft of […]


Fall 2011 Undergraduate Courses Announced

Fall 2011 Undergraduate Courses Announced

The undergraduate program in Documentary Studies allows undergraduate students to connect their educational experiences to broader community life through documentary fieldwork projects. Program courses challenge students to combine intellectual ideas with grassroots engagement as they use tools of documentary inquiry to learn and render in various mediums. Documentary Studies students combine their coursework with a […]


Tom Rankin Guest Edits Southern Cultures’ Special Photography Issue

Tom Rankin Guest Edits Southern Cultures' Special Photography Issue

The Summer 2011 issue of Southern Cultures, featuring photography by William Eggleston, William Christenberry, and Paul Kwilecki, among others, was guest edited by CDS director Tom Rankin. In his introductory essay, Tom Rankin writes, “Photography in its finest and most decisive moments is about those tired or ignored or unseen parts of our lives, the […]


Full Frame Documentary Film Festival on the Documentary Channel

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival on the Documentary Channel

The third season of DocTalk, a 30-minute program produced by the Documentary Channel that takes an inside look at the world of contemporary documentary film, includes two episodes filmed at the 2011 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina. DocTalk  – Full Frame Episode 1 – Airing July 15 Episode 1 features interviews […]


Photography Book Now 2011 Competition: Now Open to Students

Photography Book Now 2011 Competition: Now Open to Students

The Photography Book Now 2011 competition is open for entries. Now in its fourth year and featuring a $25,000 grand prize, this international-juried competition celebrates the best in self-published books. This year, a new category for students has been created, open to full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate college students. The deadline to apply is […]


Full Frame Movies on the Lawn Screening: Soul Power

Full Frame Movies on the Lawn Screening: Soul Power

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Movies on the Lawn series features four music documentaries that will take you on a journey from music fan to concert goer to reminiscing with iconic songwriting legends. Screenings are free and open to the public and begin at dusk (9 p.m.) on the main lawn at the American Tobacco Campus. […]


Full Frame 2011 Movies on the Lawn Summer Series

Full Frame 2011 Movies on the Lawn Summer Series

For the second year in a row, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is collaborating with American Tobacco to present Movies on the Lawn. This summer’s series features four music documentaries that will take you on a journey from music fan to concert goer to reminiscing with iconic songwriting legends. Screenings are free and open […]


Accepting Applications—Master Class: Nonfiction Writing with Ted Conover, Roger Hodge, and Duncan Murrell

Accepting Applications—Master Class: Nonfiction Writing with Ted Conover, Roger Hodge, and Duncan Murrell

The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to announced that National Book Critics Circle Award winner Ted Conover and former editor of Harper’s Magazine Roger Hodge will lead week-long workshops this summer in narrative nonfiction, journalism, and documentary writing. This is an unusual opportunity to work closely with two of our finest writers and editors […]