Archive for October, 2012

Interactive “Clouds Over Cuba” Expands Possibilities of Documentary Film

Interactive "Clouds Over Cuba" Expands Possibilities of Documentary Film

Center for Documentary Studies publishing intern Joel Mora recently came across a new interactive multimedia documentary on the Cuban Missile Crisis, Clouds Over Cuba, created to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s stare-down with the Soviet Union in October 1962 over the presence of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba. The filmmakers worked […]


“Nowhere People” Exhibit Opens with Discussion on the Ethics of Photography for Social Change

"Nowhere People" Exhibit Opens with Discussion on the Ethics of Photography for Social Change

Nowhere People, a traveling exhibition by photographer Greg Constantine, will be on view at Duke University’s Kenan Institute for Ethics from November 1 through November 20. In 2005 Constantine moved to Asia to begin work on the project, which documents the struggles of ethnic minority groups who have had their citizenship denied or taken away, leaving millions […]


MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts Exhibition on View at Duke Arts Festival

MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts Exhibition on View at Duke Arts Festival

The centerpiece of the annual Duke Arts Festival (October 26–November 4), which celebrates student work in all visual art forms and performance genres, is a major on-campus exhibition of work by Duke students. Works cover a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, graphic design, printing, digital art, and film, created by student artists from […]


Full Frame Presents “Thunder Soul” for Annual Youth Screening

Full Frame Presents "Thunder Soul" for Annual  Youth Screening

Every year the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival hosts a free screening for area schools and teachers that for many youth is their first exposure to documentary film; the event includes a post-screening talk by the filmmaker or a subject from the film. This year’s youth screening features Mark Landsman’s Thunder Soul; the documentary follows the alumni […]


“Little War on the Prairie”: Listen to “This American Life” Broadcast of New CDS Radio Documentary

"Little War on the Prairie": Listen to "This American Life" Broadcast of New CDS Radio Documentary

A new one-hour radio documentary produced by Center for Documentary Studies audio director John Biewen—”Little War on the Prairie”—aired on This American Life recently. The documentary tells the long-overlooked story of one of the key episodes in the Plains Indian wars of the nineteenth century, a troubling history that Biewen, a Minnesota native, says is “deeply […]


Presentation by CDS Artist-in-Residence Malek Shafi’i, Tuesday, October 30

Presentation by CDS Artist-in-Residence Malek Shafi'i, Tuesday, October 30

Documentary filmmaker Malek Shafi’i arrives at the Center for Documentary Studies on October 11 to begin his stay as part of the CEC ArtsLink’s Residency Program. Shafi’i supports independent filmmakers in his home country of Afghanistan as director of BASA Film (Afghanistan Cinema Club); members co-produce documentary and narrative films; organize filmmaking courses, public screenings, and festivals, including the Autumn Human Rights […]


Introductory Seminar in Documentary Studies: Register Now for This Continuing Education Class

Introductory Seminar in Documentary Studies: Register Now for This Continuing Education Class

Due to strong demand the CDS Continuing Education program will offer an additional section of the Introductory Seminar in Documentary Studies. Led by folklorist Joy Salyers, the class is designed for students in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program or those who plan to enroll. The documentary arts encompass many genres and numerous means of interacting with the world, […]


Duke Visiting Filmmaker Laura Poitras: “The Oath” Screens October 22, Talk on October 24

Duke Visiting Filmmaker Laura Poitras: "The Oath" Screens October 22, Talk on October 24

Oscar– and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras—recently named a 2012 MacArthur Fellow—will visit Duke as part of the university’s Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Visiting Filmmaker Series and the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts Visiting Artist program. Screenings of three of her films will be followed later in the month by a conversation between Poitras and Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel at the Nasher […]


Chinese Filmmakers Explore the Great Famine in Memory Project Film Series

Chinese Filmmakers Explore the Great Famine in Memory Project Film Series

Between 1959 and 1961 millions of Chinese citizens died during the Great Famine, when conditions from extreme weather conditions, including a severe drought, were exacerbated by government policies. During the month of October, the Screen/Society of Duke University’s Arts of the Moving Image program will be showcasing films produced as part of the Memory Project, in which […]


Round Four: Professor Diablo Returns to Durham’s Club Casbah, Tuesday, October 23

Round Four: Professor Diablo Returns to Durham’s Club Casbah, Tuesday, October 23

The Center for Documentary Studies, in partnership with The Hinge, is thrilled to present the fourth installment of Professor Diablo’s True Revue, featuring writer Randall Kenan, photographer and mixed-media artist Courtney Reid-Eaton, and punkabilly icon Dexter Romweber. The True Revue is an evening of art and performance at the Durham, North Carolina, club Casbah featuring writers, musicians, visual artists, and others […]


Register Now for “The Narrative Imagination: A Documentary Writing Boot Camp”

Writer Rosecrans Baldwin will lead this two-day workshop in which participants will learn narrative techniques to add dimension and persuasive power to their documentary writing (such as creative nonfiction, memoir, or personal essays). Topics will include fieldwork, outlining, establishing voice, and structural editing. Through collaborative discussion, students will study examples of the best contemporary creative nonfiction, […]


Exhibit on Duke Campus, “Haiti: Before the Earth Moved,” Features Photos by Titus Brooks Heagins

Exhibit on Duke Campus, "Haiti: Before the Earth Moved," Features Photos by Titus Brooks Heagins

“When I first went to Haiti in 1998, I went as did many other photographers—intent on taking cargo in a film canister back to the West (little aware of the similarities between ourselves and those involved in transporting the cargo of the Atlantic slave trade centuries ago). Almost ten years later, by chance, I began […]


“Coney Island 40 Years”: Photo Exhibit Featuring the Work of Harvey Stein Closes October 27

 "Coney Island 40 Years": Photo Exhibit Featuring the Work of Harvey Stein Closes October 27

Coney Island 40 Years will close a popular three-month run at CDS on October 27; the exhibit features black-and-white images from renowned photographer Harvey Stein‘s recent book of the same name as well as a small selection of color images from an earlier book. Stein first went to shoot at Coney Island in 1970, never imagining that it would […]


New Book By Alex Harris and E. O. Wilson On the “Spirit of a Southern City”

New Book By Alex Harris and E. O. Wilson On the "Spirit of a Southern City"

Pulitzer-Prize winning evolutionary biologist Edward O. Wilson, now in his eighties, has long contemplated the disparity between his life at Harvard and his roots in Alabama, “where my heart has always lived, close to the memory of Mobile’s landscapes and my people,” he writes. In their new book, Why We Are Here: Mobile and the Spirit of […]


Full Frame Final Submission Deadline: November 30

Full Frame Final Submission Deadline: November 30

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is accepting submissions for the 16th annual festival, which will be held April 4–7, 2013, in Durham, North Carolina. Short and feature documentaries completed after Janurary 1, 2011 are eligible for consideration. Complete the online application and postmark your DVD preview screeners by October 15 to receive the $40 […]


William Chafe to Retire After Forty Years at Duke; Conference and Dinner Will Celebrate His Tenure

William Chafe to Retire After Forty Years at Duke; Conference and Dinner Will Celebrate His Tenure

William H. Chafe, Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of History and Center for Documentary Studies cofounder, will retire this fall after serving forty years on the Duke University faculty. Chafe’s tenure at Duke will be celebrated at a conference October 11 and 12: Unfinished Journey: Writing American History. All venues are on the Duke campus, and all […]


Readings by William Chafe from His Newest Book, Reception to Follow at CDS, Saturday, October 13

Readings by William Chafe from His Newest Book, Reception to Follow at CDS, Saturday, October 13

Esteemed historian William Chafe, longtime Duke faculty member and cofounder of the Center for Documentary Studies, is on a national book tour for his latest work, Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). In a  starred review, Publisher’s Weekly described the book as “a superior portrait of how the personal dynamic between the […]


Duke Student and Faculty Work Screening at New York Film Festivals

Duke Student and Faculty Work Screening at New York Film Festivals

Work by three students and two instructors in Duke’s MFA in Documentary and Experimental Arts program was selected for the 50th Annual New York Film Festival, and a film by Certificate in Documentary Studies graduate Jean Rheem will be screened at the NYC Independent Film Festival. Films by MFA students Marika Borgeson (Impressions), Erin Espelie (Beyond Expression Bright), and […]


Filmmaker’s Pick: Sit Back, Relax, and Prepare to be Spellbound by “Samsara”

Filmmaker's Pick: Sit Back, Relax, and Prepare to be Spellbound by "Samsara"

On occasion, documentary filmmaker Rebekah Fergusson will be sharing film picks as well as notes from the field on CDS Porch. First up, her thoughts on Samsara, groundbreaking Bay Area–based filmmaker Ron Fricke’s newest work. Rebekah is a 2007 graduate of Duke and the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS), where she received both a Certificate in […]


“Colors of Confinement” Exhibit Opens in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, October 3

"Colors of Confinement" Exhibit Opens in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, October 3

An exhibit featuring photographs from the new book Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II opens on Wednesday, October 3, at the William and Ida Friday Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Colors of Confinement showcases sixty-five stunning images from a rare collection of color images taken by Bill Manbo, an internee at a […]


CDS Courses Focus on the Craft of Storytelling in Any Medium: Register Now

CDS Courses Focus on the Craft of Storytelling in Any Medium: Register Now

The CDS Continuing Education program is offering several classes specifically designed to help aspiring storytellers craft their work from the moments they’ve captured in various media. All classes are held at the Center for Documentary Studies, 1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina. Email cdscourses.org with questions. NOTE: Duke students, faculty, and staff receive a […]


Curator Sarah Stacke on the Work of Durham Photographer Hugh Mangum, Thursday, October 4

Curator Sarah Stacke on the Work of Durham Photographer Hugh Mangum, Thursday, October 4

Curator Sarah Stacke will give a talk at the Center for Documentary Studies about her work on the current CDS exhibit Keep All You Wish: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum, which features work by the turn-of-the-century portrait photographer; the exhibit is on view through October 20. “I’ll be talking about my first encounter with the Mangum […]