Archive for January, 2013

CDS Exhibit Features Gordon Parks’s Segregation Series, “The Restraints: Open and Hidden”

CDS Exhibit Features Gordon Parks's Segregation Series, "The Restraints: Open and Hidden"

The Restraints: Open and Hidden is an exhibition of work by iconic photographer Gordon Parks—a color photo essay of the same name that appeared in Life magazine in 1956. The piece sought to show the magazine’s (largely white) audience that black people, even those living under segregation, lived full, rich, ordinary lives. The Restraints will be on view […]


Photos as Philanthropy: What Does Poverty Look Like?

Photos as Philanthropy: What Does Poverty Look Like?

CDS’s Publishing and Awards Director Alexa Dilworth was a judge, along with Margaret Aguirre, Phil Borges, John Isaac, and Denise Wolff, for Photo Philanthropy’s 2012 Activist Awards at the end of January. Photo Philanthropy, based in San Francisco, champions “social change, one photo at a time,” and the judges were looking for “photo essays that […]


Duke Undergrads: Apply Now to the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Fellows Program

Duke Undergrads: Apply Now to the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Fellows Program

Duke students have the unique opportunity to join students from across the country in the Fellows Program of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina, from Thursday, April 4, through Sunday, April 7, 2013. Applications are due on Friday, February 22, at 12 noon. The Full Frame Fellows Program is aimed at […]


Watch “Your Voice, Their Money”: A Student-Produced Documentary on Big Money in Politics

Watch "Your Voice, Their Money": A Student-Produced Documentary on Big Money in Politics

A new short video produced by Duke University undergraduates in the Fall 2012 Video for Social Change course taught at the Center for Documentary Studies focuses on the effects of the Citizens United decision on state level politics in North Carolina and how citizens are fighting for campaign finance reforms. Your Voice, Their Money was produced in association […]


A Discussion with Solo Performer Mike Daisey, Moderated by CDS Writer in Residence Duncan Murrell

A Discussion with Solo Performer Mike Daisey, Moderated by CDS Writer in Residence Duncan Murrell

In a featured “performance” as part of his artist’s residency at Duke University, master storyteller Mike Daisey will discuss the Occupy Movement, the concept of liberty, and Daisey’s newest production, American Utopias, with Duke law professor Jedediah Purdy; the moderator will be Center for Documentary Studies writer in residence Duncan Murrell. The event is free and open to the […]


Acclaimed Playwright to Teach “Creating Drama from Community Stories and Oral Histories”: Register Now

Acclaimed Playwright to Teach "Creating Drama from Community Stories and Oral Histories": Register Now

In a new CDS Continuing Education class, Creating Drama from Community Stories and Oral Histories, students will draw on interesting characters and stories from their research or family histories to create short plays and performance pieces. Poet and playwright Howard L. Craft will offer instruction in writing authentic dialogue, developing complex characters, and creating engaging […]


Learn More About CDS Continuing Education at the CDS Meet Up Group, Monday, January 28

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, CDS Continuing Education director April Walton will lead the meeting, and a few other instructors will share some work. Learn […]


CDS Director Tom Rankin and Son Julian on Life and Art in Mississippi

CDS Director Tom Rankin and Son Julian on Life and Art in Mississippi

Malcolm White from the Mississippi Arts Hour, a program that airs on the Mississippi Public Broadcasting radio network, recently interviewed Center for Documentary Studies director Tom Rankin and his son Julian, new-media director for the Mississippi Museum of Art. Tom talks about his time in Mississippi, including working at the Mississippi Arts Commission and the Center for the Study […]


Videographer Bill Wallauer is Host Speaker at Fourth Annual Primate Palooza

Videographer Bill Wallauer is Host Speaker at Fourth Annual Primate Palooza

Accomplished videographer Bill Wallauer, whose work has contributed to wildlife and science documentaries such as PBS’s Nature and BBC’s Planet Earth, will be the host speaker at Duke’s fourth annual Primate Palooza. Duke Roots &  Shoots, a student arm of the Jane Goodall Institute, hosts the week-long event series, which aims to raise awareness of primate […]


Exhibitions at Meredith College and SUNY-Geneseo Feature Photographs by CDS Instructor Christopher Sims

Exhibitions at Meredith College and SUNY-Geneseo Feature Photographs by CDS Instructor Christopher Sims

Center for Documentary Studies instructor Christopher Sims has been invited to show work in two photography exhibitions that open in late January 2013: Connections: Artists Invited by Meredith College Art Faculty Frankie G. Weems Gallery, Gaddy-Hamrick Art Center Meredith College 3800 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, North Carolina January 24–March 31, 2013 Opening Reception: Thursday, January 24, 4–6 […]


Read Online: New Winter Issue of “Document,” CDS’s Quarterly Publication

Read Online: New Winter Issue of “Document,” CDS’s Quarterly Publication

The Winter 2013 issue of the Center for Documentary Studies‘ quarterly newsletter, Document, is now available to read online, featuring a look at our current exhibits—photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier’s Campaign for Braddock Hospital and photographer Gordon Parks’s 1956 photo essay from Life magazine, The Restraints: Open and Hidden; information on the upcoming Full Frame Documentary Film Festival; an essay […]


Home Movie Day Durham 2013; Saturday, January 26

Home Movie Day Durham 2013; Saturday, January 26

Do you have home movies collecting dust, or just want to enjoy other people’s home movies that have been collecting dust? Come join celebrated film archivist Skip Elsheimer, founder of A/V Geeks, as he hosts Home Movie Day Durham 2013 at the Center for Documentary Studies. Home Movie Day is an annual worldwide celebration of amateur films and filmmaking held […]


“48 Hours in Las Vegas”: MFA Student Exhibit on View Through February 17

"48 Hours in Las Vegas": MFA Student Exhibit on View Through February 17

In the spring of 2012 students in Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program flew to Las Vegas for a crash art project sponsored by Zappos.com. Their mission: Seek, capture, and record Sin City in two days. The result is 48 Hours in Las Vegas, a multimedia exhibition that the Triangle area’s Independent Weekly describes as “work […]


Free Screening: Oscar Nominated “How to Survive a Plague” Concludes Full Frame Winter Series, January 24

Free Screening: Oscar Nominated "How to Survive a Plague" Concludes Full Frame Winter Series, January 24

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival‘s annual series of wintertime screenings showcases three films that were shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature for the 2013 Academy Awards (Searching for Sugar Man and How to Survive a Plague were nominated on January 10). The Full Frame Winter Series screenings are free and open to the public; all begin at 7:30 p.m. […]


Continuing Education Information Night: Wednesday, January 23

Prospective and current students are welcome to this information session on CDS Continuing Education classes in the documentary arts—photography, video, audio, writing, and multimedia. Continuing Ed program director April Walton and other CDS staff will answer questions, provide recommendations and advice, and discuss the Certificate in Documentary Arts program. There will be a brief presentation on documentary tools and […]


MFA in Experimental & Documentary Arts Program Accepting Applications for Fall 2013; Deadline January 31, 2013

MFA in Experimental & Documentary Arts Program Accepting Applications for Fall 2013; Deadline January 31, 2013

Duke University welcomes applications for fall 2013 to its MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts (MFAEDA), a groundbreaking interdisciplinary arts program. A unique initiative, the program couples experimental visual practice with the documentary arts in a rigorous two-year program. Guided by first-year advisors and a faculty thesis committee, students explore a curriculum that blends studio […]


50 Years of Black Students at Duke: Year-Long Commemoration in 2013 Celebrates Historic Milestone

50 Years of Black Students at Duke: Year-Long Commemoration in 2013 Celebrates Historic Milestone

In 1963, the first five black undergraduates enrolled at Duke University—Mary Mitchell Harris, Gene Kendall, Wilhelmina “Mimi” Reuben-Cooke, Cassandra Smith Rush, and Nathaniel “Buddy” White. At that time, the university had no black faculty, administrators, or trustees. The first students encountered culture shock as they forever changed the fabric of the university. An already “sold-out” opening […]


Fourth Annual Strange Beauty Film Festival, January 24–26; Tickets Go Fast, Buy Now!

Fourth Annual Strange Beauty Film Festival, January 24–26; Tickets Go Fast, Buy Now!

The fourth annual Strange Beauty Film Festival will take place in Durham, North Carolina’s Manbites Dog Theater, January 24–26, 2013. The Festival, organized by Center for Documentary instructor Jim Haverkamp along with Joyce Ventimiglia, showcases strange and beautiful films from around the world and the Triangle, including works by CDS staffer Marc Maximov, intern Ian McClerin, […]


2012 John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Award Winners and Their Projects; 2013 Award Guidelines

2012 John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Award Winners and Their Projects; 2013 Award Guidelines

Established in 1989 by the Center for Documentary Studies, the John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards are named for the noted scholar John Hope Franklin, the late professor emeritus of history at Duke University, in recognition of his lifetime accomplishments and his dedication to students and teaching. CDS makes these awards to undergraduates attending North […]


Enjoy! Student Work From Harvey Stein’s Documentary Street Photography Workshop

Enjoy! Student Work From Harvey Stein's Documentary Street Photography Workshop

Acclaimed documentary photographer Harvey Stein visited the Center for Documentary Studies in the fall of 2012 to give a talk related to an exhibit of his photographs then on view, Coney Island 40 Years, and to teach a documentary street photography workshop in our Continuing Education program. The nineteen fortunate participants—the class was wait-listed in […]


CDS Instructor Gary Hawkins On His Screenplay for “Joe,” the New Film From Director David Gordon Green

CDS Instructor Gary Hawkins On His Screenplay for "Joe," the New Film From Director David Gordon Green

In November 2012 production began on Joe, a film based on the novel by the late Larry Brown. The screenplay was written by filmmaker Gary Hawkins, an instructor at the Center for Documentary Studies whose writing and directing credits include the acclaimed documentaries The Rough South of Harry Crews and The Rough South of Larry Brown. Joe […]


January 15, 11 A.M.: Passes for Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Go On Sale

Mark your calendars: Passes for the sixteenth annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (held this year April 4–7, in Durham, North Carolina) will go on sale at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 15. A variety of passes will be for sale online, by phone, by mail, or in person; click here for details. Passes are limited and sell […]


“Harlem Street Portraits”: Book Signing and Talk by Acclaimed Photographer Harvey Stein

"Harlem Street Portraits": Book Signing and Talk by Acclaimed Photographer Harvey Stein

The Center for Documentary Studies will host New York-based photographer, teacher, lecturer, author and curator Harvey Stein for a book signing and talk on September 27. Harlem Street Portraits, Stein’s most recent publication, celebrates the neighborhood through portraits of its residents taken over the course of twenty-two years, from 1990 to 2012. Stein will also […]


Interview with Photographer Harlan Erskine

Interview with Photographer Harlan Erskine

CDS undergraduate student Charles Jo conducted this interview as part of the “Multimedia Documentary” class in the fall of 2012   Although your projects vary considerably in style, theme, and subject matter, it seems that a somber, almost ominous, tone pervades them all. Would you agree? If so, what attracts you to photographing these types […]