Archive for March, 2012

Interview: Sadie Tillery, Director of Programming, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Interview: Sadie Tillery, Director of Programming, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Tickets for the 2012 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, named one of the “Top 50 Film Festivals in the World” by indieWire, will go on sale to the general public on Monday, April 2, 11 a.m., at fullframefest.org/tickets.php; the annual four-day event will be held April 12–15. Here, Full Frame Director of Programming Sadie Tillery, […]


CDS Writer in Residence Duncan Murrell Participates in “Metamorphs: Artists Spin Science” at UNC–Chapel Hill, April 2

CDS Writer in Residence Duncan Murrell Participates in “Metamorphs: Artists Spin Science” at UNC–Chapel Hill, April 2

A unique upcoming event at UNC–Chapel Hill will explore a new twist in contemporary art. In “Metamorphs: Artists Spin Science, organized and moderated by UNC Distinguished Term Professor of Art elin o’Hara slavick, three “aesthetic game-changers” who are exploring the intersection of art and science will present their work, followed by a panel discussion with […]


Listen: “This American Life” Host Ira Glass Visits CDS Audio Course

Listen: "This American Life" Host Ira Glass Visits CDS Audio Course

Undergrad students in the Short Audio Documentary course at CDS were excited, and a little nervous, when they learned that This American Life host and executive producer Ira Glass was coming to class to talk to them about their audio pieces. CDS audio director John Biewen, who teaches the course, contacted Glass before the radio […]


Christopher Sims, Recently Recognized as a Top Southern Artist, Will Teach Advanced Documentary Photography Class at CDS

Christopher Sims, Recently Recognized as a Top Southern Artist, Will Teach Advanced Documentary Photography Class at CDS

“We wanted to discover the most talented and thrilling up-and-coming artists in the South. So we enlisted a range of Southern experts (gallery owners, curators, critics, artists) to help us find them.” So said the Oxford American last week, in announcing the award-winning quarterly’s list of “The New Superstars of Southern Art.” CDS instructor Christopher Sims was recognized for […]


Listen: CDS Staffer Mike Taylor’s Music Featured in the “Oxford American”

Listen: CDS Staffer Mike Taylor's Music Featured in the "Oxford American"

Mike Taylor, aka M.C. Taylor, CDS’s operations coordinator, is on a musical tear. The latest album from his American roots project Hiss Golden Messenger,  Poor Moon, was ranked as the top album from the Triangle in 2011 by the Independent Weekly and was recently highlighted by the Oxford American. The acclaimed quarterly ran an article […]


News from the Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program: New Blog Launches; 2012–13 Fellows Chosen

News from the Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program: New Blog Launches; 2012–13 Fellows Chosen

The Center for Documentary Studies has launched a new blog, Lookout, for the Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program at http://lewishinefellowshipblog.org/. The program connects the talents of young documentarians with the resources and needs of organizations serving children and their communities around the world, and Lookout will feature updates from fellows working in the field, reflections from past […]


Undergrad Director Charlie Thompson on Moonshine, Mountaineers, and Motorcycles at the Virginia Festival of the Book, March 23

Undergrad Director Charlie Thompson on Moonshine, Mountaineers, and Motorcycles at the Virginia Festival of the Book, March 23

Charlie Thompson, director of the undergraduate program at CDS, will be on a panel, “Moonshine, Mountaineers, and Motorcycles: On the Crooked Road Then and Now,” at the Virginia Festival of the Book with essayist Michael Abraham, author of  Harmonic Highways: Motorcycling Virginia’s Crooked Road; and Paddy Bowman, author of Through the Schoolhouse Door: Folklore, Community, Curriculum. Thompson will discuss his book […]


Student Action with Farmworkers Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Exhibitions on the Duke Campus—Reception Wednesday, March 28

Student Action with Farmworkers Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Exhibitions on the Duke Campus—Reception Wednesday, March 28

A special reception on the Duke University campus during National Farmworker Awareness Week will celebrate the opening of two Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) documentary exhibits, and SAF’s twenty-year anniversary. Ni de Aquí, Ni de Allá | Not From Here, Not From There and Nuestros Sueños, Nuestros Historias | Our Stories, Our Dreams present the work of […]


Duke MFA Visiting Artist Presentation by Photographer Jim Dow, Wednesday, March 21

Photographer Jim Dow will return to the Duke campus this week as a Visiting Artist in Duke’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program. He will present a slideshow and lecture, “Walker Evans as a Post-Modern Construction,” in the course Innovation and Tradition in the Documentary Arts; the event is free and open to the […]


Alice Fest Will Showcase the Work of North Carolina Women Filmmakers, Sunday, March 25, at CDS

Alice Fest Will Showcase the Work of North Carolina Women Filmmakers, Sunday, March 25, at CDS

In recognition of Women’s History Month, the Center for Documentary Studies, in partnership with the Southern Documentary Fund, presents Alice Fest, a film festival and showcase of work by North Carolina women—short docs, experimental films, and works-in-progress. Come early and meet the filmmakers; doors will open at 1:30 p.m., and films will begin at 2 […]



“The Wonders of Watts” Website Launched

"The Wonders of Watts" Website Launched

Students from the Center for Documentary Studies spent fall semester 2011 documenting life at the George Watts Elementary School in Durham. As part of the CDS class, Digital Documentary Photo: Capturing Transience, taught by Susie Post-Rust, each Duke or UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate focused on one subject, choosing a person, a class, or an idea—the nutrition program […]


“Roscoe Holcomb from Daisy, Kentucky”: Free Screening of Award-Winning Documentary on the Appalachian Music Master, Wednesday, March 21 at CDS

“Roscoe Holcomb from Daisy, Kentucky”: Free Screening of Award-Winning Documentary on the Appalachian Music Master, Wednesday, March 21 at CDS

Renowned photographer, filmmaker, and musicologist John Cohen will screen his latest film, Roscoe Holcomb from Daisy, Kentucky, at the Center for Documentary Studies on Wednesday, March 21. Cohen directed the documentary, which explores the life and music of the Eastern Kentucky banjo/guitar player and coal miner who became one of the iconic figures in American traditional […]


Announcing the 2012 Daylight Photo Awards, with Guest Juror Alexa Dilworth, CDS’s Publishing and Awards Director: May 15 Deadline, Apply Now

Announcing the 2012 Daylight Photo Awards, with Guest Juror Alexa Dilworth, CDS's Publishing and Awards Director: May 15 Deadline, Apply Now

Submissions are now being accepted for this year’s Daylight Photo Awards, with an application deadline of May 15, 2012. Alexa Dilworth, CDS’s Director of Publishing and Awards, will be a guest juror for the international competition, with Taj Forer and Michael Itkoff of Daylight Magazine, David Bram of Fraction Magazine, James Estrin of the New York […]


Register Now for the 2012 Summer Documentary Video Institute, and Watch Last Summer’s Projects

Register Now for the 2012 Summer Documentary Video Institute, and Watch Last Summer's Projects

  Every summer the Center for Documentary Studies holds a series of Documentary Institutes. The Documentary Video Institute is an eight-day intensive where 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, students will be introduced to an array […]


Full Frame Announces 2012 Thematic Program Lineup, Curated By Ross McElwee—Watch Trailers

Full Frame Announces 2012 Thematic Program Lineup,  Curated By Ross McElwee—Watch Trailers

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 2012 Thematic Program, “Family Affairs,” curated by filmmaker Ross McElwee. The program will feature eight features and two shorts that explore the delicate terrain along the fault line of family. McElwee will present the selections, which will be screened over the course of the […]


“When Janey Comes Marching Home”: Book Signing and Panel Discussion on Veterans History Projects, Tuesday, March 20, at CDS

"When Janey Comes Marching Home": Book Signing and Panel Discussion on Veterans History Projects, Tuesday, March 20, at CDS

Laura Browder will visit CDS to sign copies of her and photographer Sascha Pflaeging’s book, When Janey Comes Marching Home: Portraits of Women Combat Veterans (University of North Carolina Press, 2010), and to discuss her work with Sharon Raynor, a Humanities Writ Large Faculty Fellow at Duke, and Beth Ann Koelsch, curator of the Betty H. […]


Interview with Sebastián Liste, Juror’s Pick, 2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Project Prize

Interview with Sebastián Liste, Juror’s Pick, 2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Project Prize

Sebastián Liste Juror’s Pick (Whitney Johnson), Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Project Prize “For two years, Sebastián Liste has photographed the daily lives of over one hundred families who formed a community in an abandoned chocolate factory in Brazil. His long-term commitment to the project has revealed an intimate and complex story—one that captures not only the […]


CDS Instructor Kelly Alexander, Longtime Food Writer, Discusses Her Hit Class: Our Culinary Cultures

CDS Instructor Kelly Alexander, Longtime Food Writer, Discusses Her Hit Class: Our Culinary Cultures

According to her students, CDS instructor Kelly Alexander is a special teacher; student evaluations have landed her in the top 5 percent of undergraduate instructors at Duke. A documentary studies class she teaches, Our Culinary Cultures, has been a hit from the beginning. Here, she answers some questions about the origins of the course, what […]


New CDS Weekend Class for Photographers Interested in Stories of Social Significance, with Instructor Misha Friedman, March 10–11

New CDS Weekend Class for Photographers Interested in Stories of Social Significance, with Instructor Misha Friedman, March 10–11

Photographer Misha Friedman—whose series Donbass Romanticism, documenting the health effects of coal mines and factories in the Ukraine, was recently featured on the New Yorker’s Photo Booth blog—will lead a new CDS continuing education class intended for photographers interested in working on stories of social significance. Participants in the class, Successful Collaboration with NGOs, will look into how the nonprofit […]