Archive for January, 2012

New Photography Exhibit, “When Janey Comes Marching Home,” Now on View at CDS

New Photography Exhibit, "When Janey Comes Marching Home," Now on View at CDS

The recent launch of the Veterans Oral History Project in North Carolina brings When Janey Comes Marching Home: Portraits of Women Combat Veterans to CDS. The exhibit includes forty large-scale (one is 50 in. x 60 in., the rest are 30 in. x 40 in.) color photographic portraits and accompanying oral histories of female soldiers from all five […]


Tickets Going Fast for Third Annual Strange Beauty Film Festival, February 16–18 at Durham’s Manbites Dog Theater

Tickets Going Fast for Third Annual Strange Beauty Film Festival, February 16–18 at Durham's Manbites Dog Theater

The third annual Strange Beauty Film Festival will take place in Durham, North Carolina’s Manbites Dog Theater, 703 Foster St., February 16–18, 2012. The Festival, organized by CDS instructor Jim Haverkamp along with Joyce Ventimiglia, showcases strange and beautiful films, along with musical pieces from around the world and the Triangle. Tickets are going fast!  Go to the […]


Deadline for 2012–2013 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program—February 6

Applications for the 2012 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program are now being accepted. Download the 2012 application form here Application due date: February 6th, 2012  Founded on the spirit, values, and actions of Lewis Hine, the Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program connects the talents of young documentarians with the resources and needs of organizations serving […]


Students in New Class Will Create Short Docs On Hayti, Durham’s Historic African American Community

Students in New Class Will Create Short Docs On Hayti, Durham's Historic African American Community

CDS is pleased to offer Then and Now: A Hayti Civics Course, a unique new continuing education course led by a knowledgeable and committed group of instructors. Students will record oral histories and use archival material to produce a series of short documentaries about Durham’s Hayti community, a vibrant African-American section of Durham, North Carolina, that flourished for […]


Apply to the 2012 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Fellows Program

Students have the opportunity to participate in the Fellows Program of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, Thursday, April 12, through Sunday, April 15. The Full Frame Fellows Program is designed to educate, motivate, and nurture undergraduate film students interested in the documentary form. The program provides students the chance to see both cutting-edge documentary films […]


CDS Publishing and Awards Director to Review Photo Portfolios at Review Santa Fe 2012: January 30 Deadline, Apply Now

CDS Publishing and Awards Director to Review Photo Portfolios at Review Santa Fe 2012: January 30 Deadline, Apply Now

Alexa Dilworth, CDS’s Director of Publishing and Awards, will participate in Review Santa Fe, the premier juried portfolio review event in the world. Up to a hundred photographers are selected to meet with some of today’s most relevant and esteemed curators, editors, publishers, gallerists and others interested in new work. Dilworth will review portfolios with […]


New MFA Student Blog—“Influences”—Launches

New MFA Student Blog—“Influences”—Launches

The fifteen students in the inaugural class of Duke’s first MFA program—in Experimental and Documentary Arts—have launched a blog, Influences, that was created as part of the Documentary Fieldwork seminar. Under the guidance of instructor Alex Harris, each student began creating a new body of documentary work, but in addition to moving forward with their own […]


Documentary Radio Project, Groundwork, Kicks Off with Interactive Website and Book Giveaway

Documentary Radio Project, Groundwork, Kicks Off with Interactive Website and Book Giveaway

Supported by a $140,000 media grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Groundwork, a Center for Documentary Studies documentary radio and multimedia project, is gearing up for national broadcast this spring with a series of radio features, followed by a one-hour radio special this summer. The project also includes a multimedia, interactive website that […]


Interview with Lorenzo Martelli, Juror’s Pick, 2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Work-in-Process Prize

Interview with Lorenzo Martelli, Juror’s Pick, 2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Work-in-Process Prize

Interview with Lorenzo Martelli Juror’s Pick (Stacey Clarkson), Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Work-in-Process Prize “‘I am not my home,’ he kept telling me over and over, but one day he decided to let me in,’ explains Lorenzo Martelli regarding his endeavor to portray the private, melancholy world of Charlie, a disinherited Milanese count. Intimate and respectful, […]


Watch Trailer: Free Full Frame Screening—January 25—of Oscar Nominee “Hell and Back Again”

Watch Trailer: Free Full Frame Screening—January 25—of Oscar Nominee "Hell and Back Again"

The second installment of the Full Frame Winter Series features Hell and Back Again, just nominated for an Academy Award as best feature documentary. All Winter Series screenings are free and open to the public. Hell and Back Again Directed by Danfung Dennis Wednesday, January 25, 7 p.m. Fletcher Hall at the historic Carolina Theatre, Durham About Hell and […]


New Class Explores Documentaries for Social Change Focusing on Coal Appalachia

New Class Explores Documentaries for Social Change Focusing on Coal Appalachia

CDS is pleased to offer a new continuing education class taught by folklorist Joy Salyers and documentary photographer Roger May—Can Docs for Social Change Make a Difference? The effects of mining coal in Appalachia, especially in eastern Kentucky and western West Virginia, have been featured in documentaries for decades. The federal government’s War on Poverty […]


Full Frame Announces 2012 Thematic Program and Tribute—View Trailer for Ross McElwee’s Newest Film

Full Frame Announces 2012 Thematic Program and Tribute—View Trailer for Ross McElwee’s Newest Film

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced its 2012 Thematic Program and Tribute. The Thematic Program, supported by a $20,000 grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will focus on family, with a series of films curated by Ross McElwee. The North Carolina native will also present his most recent film, […]


“Full Color Depression: First Kodachromes from America’s Heartland” Exhibit Opens at CDS

"Full Color Depression: First Kodachromes from America's Heartland" Exhibit Opens at CDS

Curated by photographer and folklorist Bruce Jackson, Full Color Depression: First Kodachromes from America’s Heartland features large-scale color photographs taken by the famous Depression-era Farm Security Administration photography team. The exhibit runs through July 23, 2012, in the Kreps Gallery at the Center for Documentary Studies. Related events include a reception on April 19 starting at 6 p.m.; […]


Register Now for New Documentary Essay Class with Rosecrans Baldwin

Register Now for New Documentary Essay Class with Rosecrans Baldwin

CDS is pleased to offer this new continuing education class in our growing Documentary Writing curriculum, taught by novelist and essayist Rosecrans Baldwin, whose new memoir, Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux this coming May. Baldwin describes the Documentary Essay class: The personal essay blends journalism […]


Video Available: Photographer Steven B. Smith on His Book “The Weather and a Place to Live”

Video Available: Photographer Steven B. Smith on His Book “The Weather and a Place to Live"

Interviews with all five winners of the biennial CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography are available on the prize’s new website; here, 2004 winner Steven B. Smith talks with Maria Morris Hambourg, the founding curator of the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, about how the images of Southern California in The Weather and a Place […]


View From a Window: William Gedney Photos in the “New York Times,” With Comments by CDS Instructor Margaret Sartor

View From a Window: William Gedney Photos in the "New York Times," With Comments by CDS Instructor Margaret Sartor

Photos by William Gedney taken in New York in the late ’60s and early ’70s were the subject of a recent post on Lens, the New York Times photo blog. As Lens editor David Gonzalez describes these images, “From a window overlooking the Myrtle Avenue El, Mr. Gedney spun an urban narrative of surprising intimacy. Working […]


Free Master Class With Award-Winning Filmmaker Sam Pollard at the Center for Documentary Studies, Saturday, January 14

Free Master Class With Award-Winning Filmmaker Sam Pollard at the Center for Documentary Studies, Saturday, January 14

Distinguished filmmaker Sam Pollard will visit Durham over Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend to lead a free master class at the Center for Documentary Studies, a rare opportunity for students and film fans to learn about the craft from a veteran filmmaker. Pollard will show pieces from the Katrina documentary When the Levees Broke: […]


Interview with Shane Lavalette, Juror’s Pick, 2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Work-in-Process Prize

Interview with Shane Lavalette, Juror’s Pick, 2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Work-in-Process Prize

Interview with Shane Lavalette Juror’s Pick (Whitney Johnson), Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Work-in-Process Prize What captivates you most about the South? The musical history of the South is so rich and complex, it made for a natural point of departure for this body of work. I’m captivated by the stories passed down in song, and how […]


Full Frame Winter Series: Upcoming Free Screenings at the Carolina Theatre

Full Frame Winter Series: Upcoming Free Screenings at the Carolina Theatre

The Full Frame Winter Series features three documentary film screenings; all screenings begin at 7 p.m. and take place in Fletcher Hall at the historic Carolina Theatre . The Winter Series is free and open to the public. Wednesday, January 18–Buck  Directed by Cindy Meehl 2011 / US / 88 minutes Wednesday, January 25–Hell and […]


Film Festival Favorite, “Stitched,” Screens Sunday, January 8, at the Center for Documentary Studies

Film Festival Favorite, “Stitched,” Screens Sunday, January 8, at the Center for Documentary Studies

On Sunday, January 8, film festival favorite Stitched will screen at the Center for Documentary Studies. In this documentary, director Jenalia Moreno follows renowned—and controversial—quilters Hollis Chatelain, Caryl Bryer Fallert, and Randall Cook as they prepare their work to compete in the 2010 International Quilt Festival, which draws more than 50,000 quilters. Stitched film screening Sunday, January […]


Video Available: Panel Discussion—”Art and Advocacy”—From the 2011 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Video Available: Panel Discussion—"Art and Advocacy"—From the 2011 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

In 2011 the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival introduced panel conversations with filmmakers and other industry professionals. This panel on Art and Advocacy, covered the following ground: As documentarians struggle to finance their films, organizations with advocacy agendas become a rich source of funding. Does this present a dilemma for filmmakers who might not have […]