Archive for November, 2012

Book Event for “Imaging Disaster” by Gennifer Weisenfeld, Tuesday, December 4

Book Event for "Imaging Disaster" by Gennifer Weisenfeld, Tuesday, December 4

Gennifer Weisenfeld will give a presentation on her new book, Imaging Disaster: Tokyo and the Visual Culture of Japan’s Great Earthquake of 1923, followed by a reception and book signing. Focusing on one landmark catastrophic event in the history of an emerging modern nation—the Great Kanto Earthquake that devastated Tokyo and surrounding areas in 1923, claiming more than […]


Save the Dates: MFA Work-In-Progress Presentations, December 5 and 6

Save the Dates: MFA Work-In-Progress Presentations, December 5 and 6

Duke’s first MFA program—in Experimental and Documentary Arts—invites the public to showings of the documentary works-in-progress of the fifteen students from the class of 2014. The students are all enrolled in the first year Documentary Fieldwork seminar taught by Alex Harris. Five students will present their work on Wednesday, December 5, and ten students will […]


Multimedia Profiles of Local Youth Produced by Duke Students: Presentation on December 3

Multimedia Profiles of Local Youth Produced by Duke Students: Presentation on December 3

This semester, through a Duke University service-learning course, ten undergraduate and graduate students learned first-hand about a significant public health issue—pediatric obesity—through working closely with ten youth enrolled in Duke’s Healthy Lifestyles Program to tell their stories. The resulting first-person multimedia profiles created in the Documentary Engagement course, taught by Documenting Medicine director Liisa Ogburn, will be shared in […]


DSLR Video and Art of the Interview: One-Day Continuing Education Workshops on December 1

DSLR Video and Art of the Interview: One-Day Continuing Education Workshops on December 1

Register now for these two upcoming one-day workshops offered by the CDS Continuing Education program; classes are held at the Center for Documentary Studies, 1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina. Email cdscourses@duke.edu with questions. Click on the class links below to register, and for full course and instructor information. DSLR Video: New Tools for Filmmaking and Media Instructor: Alex Manness Saturday, […]


Opening Reception for “Madison County Stories” on Duke University’s East Campus, November 30

Opening Reception for "Madison County Stories" on Duke University's East Campus, November 30

An exhibition highlighting the mountain community of Madison County, North Carolina, features new work by documentary photographer Rob Amberg with photographs and digital stories by Duke students and middle-school girls who took part in the Spring Creek Literacy Project, a DukeEngage program. Amberg will give a talk at at an opening reception for Madison County Stories that […]


Closing Reception for “In This Timeless Time,” and Author Presentation, at UNC–Chapel Hill, November 28 & 29

Closing Reception for "In This Timeless Time," and Author Presentation, at UNC–Chapel Hill, November 28 & 29

On September 1, 2012, through the fall semester, an exhibit featuring photographs from In This Timeless Time: Living & Dying on Death Row in America, an award-winning book by Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian published by the Center for Documentary Studies and UNC Press, will be on view at UNC–Chapel Hill’s Center for the Study […]


Register Now For CDS Summer Classes and Institutes

Register Now For CDS Summer Classes and Institutes

The Center for Documentary Studies is offering seven summer learning opportunities in 2013 through our Continuing Education program; registration is now open for: Intensive Introduction to Documentary Studies, Documentary Video Institute, Digging In: An Artists’ Retreat with Big Shed, Literacy Through Photography Workshop, Master Class in Nonfiction Writing, Hearing is Believing I: An Audio Documentary Institute, and Hearing is Believing II: Making It Sing. These […]


Maximize Your Photography Skills with Guest Speaker Barbara Tyroler at the Next CDS Meet Up Group, November 26

Maximize Your Photography Skills with Guest Speaker Barbara Tyroler at the Next CDS Meet Up Group, November 26

The CDS Meet Up Group, organized and run on a volunteer basis, provides a monthly forum for students at the Center for Documentary Studies and others doing documentary work to network, talk shop, and learn. At the next meeting, longtime CDS Continuing Education photography instructor Barbara Tyroler will help participants consider the best use of their […]


LGBT Lives: Telling Stories—New Undergrad Course in Spring 2013

LGBT Lives: Telling Stories—New Undergrad Course in Spring 2013

The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University is pleased to offer a unique new undergraduate course in spring 2013 that will be taught by award-winning journalist and author Steven Petrow. LGBT Lives: Telling Stories will explore the intersection of documentary writing and community service, with a focus on LGBT families in North Carolina. Students, whether […]


Full Frame Film Festival Accepting Applications for Programming Interns

Full Frame Film Festival Accepting Applications for Programming Interns

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is accepting applications for unpaid internships (college credit available) in anticipation of the upcoming festival, April 4–7, 2013, in Durham, North Carolina. Applicants should have an interest in film and documentary work; programming Interns will become familiar with the submission and selection processes, obtaining an overall view of how festival content […]


Fresh Docs Film Screening Features Work-in-Progress “Bringing It Home”

Fresh Docs Film Screening Features Work-in-Progress "Bringing It Home"

Fresh Docs is a works-in-progress film series presented by the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) and the Southern Documentary Fund. The idea is to watch these not-quite-finished films as a community, and then give constructive feedback to the filmmakers. Next up in the series is Bringing It Home, codirected by Linda Booker and Blaire Johnson, both CDS Certificate in Documentary Arts graduates. The filmmakers […]


Documentary Biography with Lehman Brady Professor Sam Stephenson

Since 2000, the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) has coordinated the Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professorship in Documentary Studies and American Studies, which brings distinguished practitioners and scholars of the documentary arts to Duke University and UNC–Chapel Hill for an academic year to teach undergraduate courses on both campuses and engage in lectures, screenings, and […]


“A Hungry Heart”: Presentation on Iconic Photographer Gordon Parks, Friday, November 16

"A Hungry Heart": Presentation on Iconic Photographer Gordon Parks, Friday, November 16

A conversation and slide presentation by Deborah Willis on the work of iconic photographer Gordon Parks will take place at Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art on November 16,  followed by a reception. “A Hungry Heart: Gordon Parks” is free and open to the public. Willis, one of the nation’s leading historians of African American photography, chairs the department of photography and imaging at […]


Strange Beauty Film Festival Now Accepting Film and Audio Submissions

Strange Beauty Film Festival Now Accepting Film and Audio Submissions

The Strange Beauty Film Festival is accepting submissions for the fourth annual event, a perennial sellout at Durham, North Carolina’s Manbites Dog Theater. Festival organizers describe the films they’re seeking as “short fiction, documentary, experimental, animation, underground, funky, and otherwise wholly unclassifiable works that lie somewhere between terrifying normality and sublime fever dreams . . . movies that strike a […]


“Inicios | Beginnings” : SAF Ends 20th Anniversary Year with Mural Unveiling and Celebration

"Inicios | Beginnings" : SAF Ends 20th Anniversary Year with Mural Unveiling and Celebration

Join Student Action with Farmworkers for Inicios | Beginnings—a mural unveiling and final celebration of twenty years of growing farmworker activists. The event will be held at the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry in Dunn, North Carolina, where SAF’s first Into the Fields interns were placed in 1992. Inicios | Beginnings Sunday, November 11, 2012, 2 p.m.–5 p.m. […]


Free Screening of “Secret Sunshine,” Duke Campus, Wednesday, November 7

Free Screening of "Secret Sunshine," Duke Campus, Wednesday, November 7

A free screening of the acclaimed Korean film Secret Sunshine is presented by Duke’s Screen/Society and Program in Women’s Studies as part of the 2012 Feminism and Freedom Series. The story concerns a young widowed mother who moves with her son from Seoul to the small village where her late husband was raised—with tragic consequences. Secret Sunshine was […]


Full Frame November Challenge: $10K in Thirty Days

Full Frame November Challenge: $10K in Thirty Days

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has received a challenge from a generous donor: If the festival raises $10,000 in the month of November, 2012, the donor will match it dollar for dollar. You can help Full Frame raise $20,000 in one month by making gifts between November 1 and November 30. Click here to donate. For new […]


Free Screening of Alain LeTourneau and Pam Minty’s “Empty Quarter,” Monday, November 5

Free Screening of Alain LeTourneau and Pam Minty's "Empty Quarter," Monday, November 5

A new documentary from filmmakers Pam Minty and Alain LeTourneau explores southeast Oregon, an area populated by ranching and farming communities; the region is roughly one-third of Oregon’s landmass yet holds less than 2 percent of the state’s population. Shot in black-and-white 16mm film,  Empty Quarter reflects on the character of the region through a series of stationary images that […]