Archive for April, 2012

Listen, Read: Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian on Their New Book, “In This Timeless Time,” and Jackson on Curating “Full Color Depression”

Listen, Read: Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian on Their New Book, "In This Timeless Time," and Jackson on Curating "Full Color Depression"

Authors Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian were recently on American Public Media’s The Story with host Dick Gordon to discuss their new book, In This Timeless Time: Living and Dying on Death Row in America, published in April 2012 by CDS Books of the Center for Documentary Studies and the University of North Carolina Press. Jackson […]


Documentary on 1922 Durham Building Premieres at CDS—Free Screening Thursday, May 3

Documentary on 1922 Durham Building Premieres at CDS—Free Screening Thursday, May 3

The new documentary film Upbuilding Whitted, presented by the North Carolina Central University Department of English and Mass Communication, explores the history and significance of the Whitted building in Durham, North Carolina. The structure was built in 1922 as Hillside Park High, Durham’s first African American high school; in 1949 it became J.A. Whitted Junior […]


Center for Documentary Studies Announces Nine-Month Paid Internships for 2012–2013

Center for Documentary Studies Announces Nine-Month Paid Internships for 2012–2013

The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University is accepting applications for three nine-month internship positions that will begin in September 2012 and end in May 2013. The interns will gain broad experience in the documentary field, with particular focus on exhibiting, digital arts and publishing, web design, and producing a range of materials related […]


CDS Students Help Curate a New Photo Exhibit on Traditional Labor in North Carolina

CDS Students Help Curate a New Photo Exhibit on Traditional Labor in North Carolina

Students in a recent Center for Documentary Studies continuing education class helped curate an exhibit of renowned photographer Cedric Chatterley’s work, which will open on April 29 at the Durham County Library. “We wanted to raise the curtain on the practical, hands-on tasks of creating and mounting an exhibit,” says folklorist and curator Liz Lindsey. […]


Documentary Studies Students Unveil Video and Photography Projects, Friday, April 27

Documentary Studies Students Unveil Video and Photography Projects, Friday, April 27

  In two separate events, both free and open to the public, documentary studies undergraduate students from Duke and UNC–Chapel Hill will present individual and class projects.  Democracy Under Assault: Voting Rights in North Carolina, a short documentary produced by Duke and UNC–Chapel Hill students in the documentary studies class Video for Social Change, will screen […]


Travel Stipends Available for This Summer’s Audio Documentary Institutes

Travel Stipends Available for This Summer's Audio Documentary Institutes

Members in-good-standing of the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) are eligible for a $100 travel stipend to attend one of CDS’s summer audio documentary institutes: Hearing Is Believing I or Hearing is Believing II. Five stipends for each institute are available on a first come, first serve basis, so don’t delay! To become eligible, join AIR. […]


Duke Alums Photograph Cuba

Duke Alums Photograph Cuba

In late January of this year I traveled to Cuba at the invitation of Duke Alumni Travel for a unique educational exchange program. Duke received a special license from the U.S. State Department to promote people-to-people exchange between the U.S. and Cuba, which meant—for me and a lucky group of almost thirty people—a weeklong immersion into […]


CDS Launches “Professor Diablo’s True Revue,” a Unique Collaborative Performance Series

CDS Launches “Professor Diablo’s True Revue,” a Unique Collaborative Performance Series

The Center for Documentary Studies, in partnership with The Hinge, is pleased to announce the launch on April 24 of Professor Diablo’s True Revue at the Durham club Casbah. The collaborative performance series will feature writers, musicians, visual artists, and others who make extensive use of documentary fieldwork and research in the creation of their […]


Exhibit Opening: “Preoccupations” Presents the Work of Duke MFA Students

Exhibit Opening: "Preoccupations" Presents the Work of Duke MFA Students

  A preoccupation; an absorption, engrossment, something that holds the attention. Preoccupations, a public exhibition of works by members of the inaugural class of Duke’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts (MFAEDA), will open on the Duke campus on April 19; the works represent the students’ preoccupations and the preoccupations of those around them. The […]


2012 CDS Filmmaker Award Goes to “Special Flight”

2012 CDS Filmmaker Award Goes to “Special Flight”

The fifteenth annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, a program of the Center for Documentary Studies, was held April 12–15 in downtown, Durham, North Carolina. The event featured screenings of more than a hundred films from twenty-seven countries; the fifty-seven films in the NEW DOCS program were eligible for this year’s awards—including the Center for […]


Watch: CDS Students Produce Video Series on Farmworker Conditions and Child Labor

Watch: CDS Students Produce Video Series on Farmworker Conditions and Child Labor

Undergraduates in CDS Artist in Residence Bruce Orenstein’s  Documentary Studies: Video for Social Change class have produced a series of advocacy videos touching on the conditions of farmworkers in North Carolina and child labor in the agricultural industry. The course is being taught in collaboration with Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF); SAF,  NC Children in […]


Award-Winning Filmmaker Daniel Karslake Will Visit CDS to Discuss His New Documentary Work-in-Progress, Saturday, April 21

Award-Winning Filmmaker Daniel Karslake Will Visit CDS to Discuss His New Documentary Work-in-Progress, Saturday, April 21

In a Duke Alumni Reunion Weekend event, Daniel Karslake, ’87, writer, director, and producer of the acclaimed 2007 documentary For the Bible Tells Me So, will visit CDS to show a trailer from and discuss his documentary work-in-progress, Every Three Seconds. The title is a reference to the fact that every three seconds “someone in the world dies from factors […]


Watch: Student Action with Farmworkers Director, Melinda Wiggins, Honored at White House

Watch: Student Action with Farmworkers Director, Melinda Wiggins, Honored at White House

Melinda Wiggins, director of Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF), was recently honored at the White House as one of ten Champions of Change, a weekly program created by the Obama administration to highlight leaders and innovators from different sectors across the country.  In recognition of National Farmworker Awareness Week, and what would have been the […]


Book Signing Event with Authors Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian for “In This Timeless Time: Living & Dying on Death Row in America,” Thursday, April 19

  On April 19 Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian will sign copies of their new book, In This Timeless Time: Living & Dying on Death Row in America, published by the University of North Carolina Press and CDS Books of the Center for Documentary Studies. The book includes a DVD of their film Death Row and “is […]


Watch Trailer: “Death Row” Documentary Included in the New CDS/UNC Press Book, “In This Timeless Time: Living & Dying on Death Row in America”

Watch Trailer: "Death Row" Documentary Included in the New CDS/UNC Press Book, "In This Timeless Time: Living & Dying on Death Row in America"

CDS publishing intern Joel Mora recently produced an original trailer for Death Row, a documentary filmed in 1979 by Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian illustrating life on cell block J in Ellis Unit of the Texas Department of Corrections. A DVD of Death Row is included in Jackson and Christian’s new book, In This Timeless […]


New Video on CDS Exhibit, “Full Color Depression: First Kodachromes from America’s Heartland”

New Video on CDS Exhibit, "Full Color Depression: First Kodachromes from America's Heartland"

CDS exhibitions intern Audrey Bell recently produced a video on the current exhibit Full Color Depression: First Kodachromes from America’s Heartland, featuring an audio clip of an interview with Bruce Jackson by publishing intern Joel Mora. Jackson discusses the origins of the show, and his thoughts on first seeing the rare Kodachrome images of Depression-era […]


Watch: Curator Sarah Stacke Discusses Turn-of-the-Last-Century Images from a North Carolina Portrait Photographer

Watch: Curator Sarah Stacke Discusses Turn-of-the-Last-Century Images from a North Carolina Portrait Photographer

Keep All You Wish: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum, which features a selection of portraits from the Hugh Mangum Collection housed at Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, will close October 20. Don’t miss your chance to see these beautiful portraits. Keep All You Wish: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum April 30–October […]


John Sayles Film Series Kicks Off at CDS, Tuesday, April 10—Free Popcorn!

John Sayles Film Series Kicks Off at CDS, Tuesday, April 10—Free Popcorn!

A film series recognizing one of America’s most respected independent filmmakers, John Sayles, will kick off at CDS with “Matewan” on Tuesday, April 10; a 6 p.m. reception will be followed by a screening at 6:30 p.m. Sayles’s acclaimed 1987 movie, starring Chris Cooper and James Earl Jones, is based on a bitter and bloody feud between striking […]


Registration Open for CDS Summer Institutes and Workshops

Registration Open for CDS Summer Institutes and Workshops

From the Intensive Introduction to Documentary Studies to Digging In: An Audio Retreat with Big Shed, the Center for Documentary Studies is offering seven summer learning opportunities through its continuing education program. These intensive sessions, lasting from two to eight days, are open to the general public (and their completion counts as credit toward the […]


The Monti and Full Frame Team Up: Buy Tickets Now for the Midnight Monti Storytelling Event, Friday, April 13

The Monti and Full Frame Team Up: Buy Tickets Now for the Midnight Monti Storytelling Event, Friday, April 13

As if a hundred films in four days wasn’t enough, the  Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has a companion piece to the festival coordinated with The Monti, the monthly live-audience storytelling event. This special late-night show will feature some of the freshest and brightest voices in documentary film today. Friday, April 13, 11:59 p.m. Midnight Monti […]


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

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

James Dodd Juror’s Pick (Anthony Bannon), 2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Work-in-Process Prize “Whether in or out of the water, [Olympic Dreams] works with wonder and with purpose, and that is a winning combination. It is held tightly together by the grace of humor, awe, and consistent style that hold out promise for the work’s completion.”—Anthony […]


Duke Acquires New Day Films Collection; Groundbreaking Work Will Screen at Full Frame

Duke Acquires New Day Films Collection; Groundbreaking Work Will Screen at Full Frame

In celebration of the fortieth anniversary of New Day Films and the acquisition of the New Day Films Collection by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Duke University, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will screen the first films produced by New Day on Friday, April 13. Anything You Want to Be, Betty Tells Her Story, Growing Up […]


Upcoming Workshops, “Portraits and Dreams,” Teach Principles of Storied CDS Program

Upcoming Workshops, “Portraits and Dreams,” Teach Principles of Storied CDS Program

Two upcoming continuing education workshops teach instructors the principles of Literacy Through Photography (LTP), the famous CDS program created by photographer and teacher Wendy Ewald to encourage students to explore their world through photography. The workshop will be offered in May and again in August. Through presentations, discussions, and hands-on activities, participants in Portraits and Dreams will […]


2012 Ethics Film Series at Duke: Last Free Screening, Monday, April 23, “Human Terrain”

2012 Ethics Film Series at Duke: Last Free Screening, Monday, April 23, "Human Terrain"

Each spring, the annual Kenan Ethics Film Series at Duke University features films that provide popular and accessible vehicles for discussing ethics around a particular theme. This year’s theme is “condemned to be free,” with films that explore how individuals—even under the most oppressive circumstances—claim their existential freedom by taking responsibility for their decisions and […]