Archive for February, 2012

Learn to Write a Documentary Proposal, Create an Audio Postcard, and Tell a Multimedia Story at Upcoming CDS Workshops

Learn to Write a Documentary Proposal,  Create an Audio Postcard, and Tell a Multimedia Story at Upcoming CDS Workshops

Register now for one of these three upcoming continuing education workshops on writing successful documentary proposals, creating audio postcards, and exploring multimedia storytelling. How to Write a Winning Documentary Proposal Saturday, March 3, 1–4:30 p.m. With instructor Judith Van Wyk, an independent writer/producer and project-committee chair for the Southern Documentary Fund, students will examine the essential […]


Photographers and Videographers: Volunteer to Help at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and Receive a Pass and Other Perks

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is looking for volunteer photographers and videographers with equipment and skills to join their photography team during the 2012 festival, which will be held from April 12–15 in Durham, North Carolina. Volunteers will be assigned to shoot screening introductions, post-screening Q & A’s, festival parties and special events, and […]


Free: Filmmaker Nic Beery’s “Sayonara to Hello” Will Screen as Part of CDS’s Fresh Docs Series, Friday, March 9

Free: Filmmaker Nic Beery’s "Sayonara to Hello" Will Screen as Part of CDS’s Fresh Docs Series, Friday, March 9

On March 9 at CDS, local filmmaker (and former clown) Nic Beery will show his latest work-in-progress, Sayonara to Hello,  a feature-length documentary of one man’s forty-year journey as a working performer. That man, Steve Marshall, was once a clown partner of Beery’s with the Ringling Brothers Circus.  Sayonara to Hello Friday, March 9, 7 […]


Now Available To Read Online: Spring 2012 “Document,” the CDS Quarterly Newsletter

Now Available To Read Online: Spring 2012 "Document," the CDS Quarterly Newsletter

[issuu width=600 height=464 showHtmlLink=false backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=120221150821-85608f93cde7456eada402b4befad85f name=doc_spring_2012_final username=cds.duke tag=2012 unit=px id=473e4f63-f250-b5d7-4b06-f8219244e945 v=2] The spring 2012 issue of Document is now available to read online, featuring an interview with Bruce Jackson, author of the forthcoming In this Timeless Time and curator of the Full Color Depression exhibit; a look at the new CDS exhibit, When Janey Comes Marching […]


Duke Students: Application Period Now Open for the 2012 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Fellows Program, Deadline March 5

This year, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, a program of the Center for Documentary Studies, is offering fellowships to twenty-five deserving students from Duke University. The international event is dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema, and is held each spring in downtown Durham, North Carolina. The Full Frame Fellows Program is designed […]


Kianga Ford Visits Duke as Part of “Immersed In Every Sense” Artist Lecture Series, Events February 29 and March 1

Kianga Ford Visits Duke as Part of "Immersed In Every Sense" Artist Lecture Series, Events February 29 and March 1

As part of Immersed in Every Sense, a Duke University Visiting Artist Lecture Series, multimedia artist Kianga Ford will be on campus to give an artist talk and a lunchtime seminar. This event in the lecture series is cosponsored by Duke’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program and the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies. Artist Talk Wednesday, […]


Popular Documentary Studies Class, The South in Black and White, Hosts Speaker Series Starting on Tuesday, February 28

Popular Documentary Studies Class, The South in Black and White, Hosts Speaker Series Starting on Tuesday, February 28

An impressive series of guest lecturers will speak at the historic American Tobacco Campus as part of The South in Black and White, a documentary studies class at Duke University taught by acclaimed author and CDS senior research scholar Tim Tyson and co-instructor Mary Williams. The course focuses on the call and response between black and white cultures in the American South, using […]


Alex Harris Presents at PhotoNight on the UNC–Chapel Hill Campus, Monday, February 27

Alex Harris Presents at PhotoNight on the UNC–Chapel Hill Campus, Monday, February 27

Photographer and writer Alex Harris, a CDS founder and professor of the practice of public policy and documentary studies at Duke University, will be this month’s PhotoNight speaker for the UNC–Chapel Hill student chapter of the National Press Photographers Association. PhotoNight events are held around the world, providing an avenue for the enhancement of the […]


Listen Up: CDS Audio Pieces Among the Best-Selling Public Radio Broadcasts in 2011

Two CDS-related audio programs—“Travels with Mike” and a Reality Radio event—were among the top ten most licensed pieces in 2011 from Public Radio Exchange (PRX), the award-winning media company that serves as public radio’s largest online distribution marketplace. The two broadcasts were on the Most Licensed Pieces list in the annual PRX Zeitfunk Awards, which recognizes standout producers […]


Interview with John Cyr, Juror’s Pick, 2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Project Prize

Interview with John Cyr, Juror’s Pick, 2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Project Prize

John Cyr Juror’s Pick (Anthony Bannon), Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Project Prize   “Crisp, contained, conceptual, and attractively self-conscious. A charm. Couldn’t be better.”­—Anthony Bannon [director, George Eastman House] In response to the decline of darkroom developing in the digital age, John Cyr created a series of images of photographers’ developer trays “…so that the photography […]


Multimedia Presentation, February 23: Alex Harris and Paula Ehrlich on Their Documentary Project, “The Time of Our Lives: Living with Brain Cancer”

Multimedia Presentation, February 23: Alex Harris and Paula Ehrlich on Their Documentary Project, “The Time of Our Lives: Living with Brain Cancer”

Photographer Alex Harris, a CDS founder and longtime instructor, and producer/co-director Paula Ehrlich will discuss their innovative documentary project, The Time of Our Lives: Living with Brain Cancer, in a multimedia presentation at Frank Gallery in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on February 23. Thursday, February 23, 6–8 p.m. Frank Gallery 109 East Franklin St., Chapel […]


Out On DVD: 2011 CDS Filmmaker Award Winner, “How to Die in Oregon”

The winner of numerous honors, including the 2011 CDS Filmmaker Award and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Documentaries, How to Die in Oregon has been commercially released on DVD by Docurama Films . In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide, an option that more than 500 Oregonians have taken. Filmmaker Peter Richardson examines both […]


Visiting Photographer Gary Monroe Presents a Retrospective of His Work, Monday, February 20

Visiting Photographer Gary Monroe Presents a Retrospective of His Work, Monday, February 20

Gary Monroe will present a retrospective of his work and talk about his life as a photographer at this upcoming event on the Duke University campus.  Among the generation of young men and women influenced by Cartier-Bresson and Garry Winogrand, Monroe’s work includes long-term, continuous documentation of people and places as well as “decisive moment” […]


“The Loving Story”: Symposium Will Follow Screening of Acclaimed Documentary on Civil Rights Case, March 1–2, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Nancy Buirski, founder of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, made her directorial debut with The Loving Story, which premiered last year at Full Frame and went on to be short-listed this year for an Academy Award for best documentary. A screening on March 1 will be followed by a panel discussion, and on March 2, a symposium, which […]


Major Upcoming Event: Duke, UNC, and Local Organizations Partner on Symposium on Global and Local Food Studies

Major Upcoming Event: Duke, UNC, and Local Organizations Partner on Symposium on Global and Local Food Studies

A two-day symposium on the UNC–Chapel Hill and Duke campuses, Shared Tables, will provide a forum for both local and global experts to explore key issues related to food studies. Triangle University Food Studies, a faculty and student group from area universities, is co-host of the event. The Center for Documentary Studies is one of many co-sponsors […]


CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography Winner Benjamin Lowy Receives 2012 ICP Infinity Award

2010 First Book Prize winner Benjamin Lowy has won the prestigious 2012 ICP Infinity Award in photojournalism. ICP’s Infinity Awards were inaugurated in 1985 to bring public attention to outstanding achievements in photography by honoring individuals with distinguished careers in the field and by identifying future luminaries. Founded in 1974, the International Center of Photography  is […]


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

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

Interview with Lydia Goldblatt Juror’s Pick (Darren Ching), Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Work-in-Process Prize   “Lydia Goldblatt’s photographs of her father are a refreshing and eloquent shift from the straightforward document of family. These are visual gems—encapsulated memories of an intimate relationship between father and daughter. The somber light not only serves as a distinct artistic […]


Watch Video: Duke Students Film Renowned Dance Company

Watch Video: Duke Students Film Renowned Dance Company

Duke students in an intermediate documentary filmmaking class taught by CDS film instructor Gary Hawkins—Performance-Based Nonfiction—filmed the Alonzo King LINES Ballet during the company’s residency at Duke. Watch this video of dancers performing Scheherazade, King’s reimagining of the famous 1910 work of the Ballets Russes, which made its American premiere at Duke.


Apply Now: March 1 Deadline for 2012 John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards

Apply Now: March 1 Deadline for 2012 John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards

This year marks the twenty-second anniversary of the John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards. The awards are named for the noted scholar John Hope Franklin, the late professor emeritus of history at Duke University, in recognition of his lifetime accomplishments and his dedication to students and teaching. CDS makes these awards to undergraduates attending Triangle-area […]


Video Available: Photographer Larry Schwarm on His Book “On Fire”

Video Available: Photographer Larry Schwarm on His Book "On Fire"

Interviews with all five winners of the biennial CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography are available on the prize’s new website; here, 2002 winner Larry Schwarm talks about his book On Fire, and how he tried to make the photographs of fires look the way they felt. Application information for the sixth biennial CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography competition will […]


Video Available: Installing “Full Color Depression” at CDS

Video Available: Installing "Full Color Depression" at CDS

Exhibitions director Courtney Reid-Eaton and exhibitions intern Audrey Bell spent more than two days installing Full Color Depression: First Kodachromes from America’s Heartland, at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. The exhibit, which is a collection of some of the lesser-known color images taken by the Farm Security Administration photography team during Depression-era […]


Watch Videos: Final Projects of Fall 2011 Certificate in Documentary Arts Graduates

Watch Videos: Final Projects of Fall 2011 Certificate in Documentary Arts Graduates

Throughout the year, CDS offers continuing education courses in the documentary arts to people of all ages and backgrounds. Some choose to enroll in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program, which offers a more structured sequence of courses culminating in the Final Seminar in Documentary Studies, where students finish and present a substantial documentary work—photography, […]