Archive for July, 2012

Registration Now Open For Fall 2012 Continuing Education Classes in the Documentary Arts

CDS offers Continuing Education classes in photography, film/video, audio, narrative writing, and other creative media for adults who are interested in learning or continuing to do their own documentary work. Registration is now open for fall 2012, with a number of established and new classes on offer, including Documentary Street Photography, DSLR Video, Make that […]


Listen: Big Shed/CDS Audio Documentary “The Great Moonshine Conspiracy”

Listen: Big Shed/CDS Audio Documentary "The Great Moonshine Conspiracy"

In his 2011 book Spirits of Just Men: Mountaineers, Liquor Bosses, and Lawmen in the Moonshine Capital of the World (University of Illinois Press), Charlie Thompson chronicles Virginia’s Great Moonshine Conspiracy Trial of 1935, which made national news and exposed the far-reaching and pervasive tendrils of Appalachia’s local moonshine economy. The folks at the audio and […]


Listen: Student Documentary Projects from the 2012 Summer Audio Institute

Listen: Student Documentary Projects from the 2012 Summer Audio Institute

Hearing is Believing I: An Audio Documentary Institute is an annual weeklong immersion in making audio documentaries offered by the CDS Continuing Education program. Students learn hands-on skills in recording and digital audio mixing, discuss issues like the ethics of documentary work, hear accomplished producers talk about their work, and create a short piece. The 2012 institute […]


National Search Under Way for a New Director at the Center for Documentary Studies

For the last fourteen years director Tom Rankin has been at the helm of the Center for Documentary Studies, founded at Duke in 1989 as the first institution in the country dedicated solely to the legacy and continuing practice of the documentary tradition. On June 30, 2013, he will step down after three five-year terms. “This […]


Party in Hillsborough, North Carolina, Celebrates the Jazz Loft Project, July 27

Party in Hillsborough, North Carolina, Celebrates the Jazz Loft Project, July 27

At a Last Friday event in Hillsborough, North Carolina, the arts/photography publishing organization Daylight will host a Jazz Loft Project party at the Daylight Project Space, featuring music until dusk, a multimedia screening, selected audio recordings, and a short presentation by Jazz Loft Project director Sam Stephenson. Refreshments will be served; the event is free […]


Don’t Miss the Mixtape Readings: Tuesday, July 24

Don't Miss the Mixtape Readings: Tuesday, July 24

This event at the Durham, North Carolina, club Casbah promises an evening of eclectic delights and surprises from writers Brian Howe and Fred Moten, filmmaker Sarah Goetz (past winner of the Center for Documentary Studies Julia Harper Day Award), and photographer MJ Sharp.  Selections from personal desert island bookshelves will be read, an abstract film will be […]


Register Now: Acclaimed Audio Institute, “Hearing Is Believing II: Making It Sing,” Starts August 6

Register Now: Acclaimed Audio Institute, "Hearing Is Believing II: Making It Sing," Starts August 6

The second CDS summer audio institute, Hearing is Believing II: Making it Sing, starts August 6; click on the link to register.  An intensive six-day workshop for students who’ve recorded interviews and gathered sound and are ready to construct a six-to twelve-minute audio documentary. This course is designed for those who have a basic grasp […]


School of Doc Reception and Student Film Screenings, Thursday, July 19

School of Doc Reception and Student Film Screenings, Thursday, July 19

Support Durham’s young filmmakers! Join us for a presentation of the final films created by students in Full Frame’s School of Doc, preceded by a reception on the CDS porch. Thursday, July 19 Reception at 5:30 p.m.; film presentations at 6 p.m. Center for Documentary Studies 1317 W. Pettigrew St. Durham, North Carolina The School […]


George C. Stoney, 1916–2012: CDS Director Tom Rankin Remembers an Iconic Documentarian

George C. Stoney, 1916–2012: CDS Director Tom Rankin Remembers an Iconic Documentarian

In George Stoney’s July 14 obituary, the New York Times described him as “a dean of American documentary film . . . acclaimed in equal measure for his roles as a filmmaker, teacher, and prophet of social change at the barrel of a camera.” Here, Center for Documentary Studies director Tom Rankin shares a few thoughts on […]


Watch: “Jazz Loft Project” Video with Harold Feinstein, Pioneer Loft Resident

Watch: "Jazz Loft Project" Video with Harold Feinstein, Pioneer Loft Resident

From 1957 to 1965 legendary photographer W. Eugene Smith made approximately 4,000 hours of recordings on 1,741 reel-to-reel tapes and nearly 40,000 photographs in a loft building in Manhattan’s wholesale flower district where major jazz musicians of the day gathered and played their music. Almost fifty years later, Jazz Loft Project director Sam Stephenson and […]


“Love Stories”: A Talk at CDS by Renowned Radio Journalist Alex Chadwick, Monday, July 16

"Love Stories": A Talk at CDS by Renowned Radio Journalist Alex Chadwick, Monday, July 16

  Alex Chadwick, longtime National Public Radio reporter and host turned independent producer, will be at the Center for Documentary Studies on Monday, July 16, to teach at our annual summer audio institute, Hearing is Believing, and to give an evening talk that’s open to the public; “Love Stories” will start at 7 p.m. in […]


Watch Student Films from the 2012 Summer Video Institute

Watch Student Films from the 2012 Summer Video Institute

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 are introduced to an array of […]