Archive for February, 2013

Second Annual Alice Fest Celebrates Women Filmmakers; Seating Limited, Register Now

Second Annual Alice Fest Celebrates Women Filmmakers; Seating Limited, Register Now

In recognition of Women’s History Month, the Center for Documentary Studies, in partnership with the Southern Documentary Fund, presents the second annual Alice Fest, a film festival that showcases curated and submitted work by women with a special emphasis on women’s history and achievements. Alice Fest screens short docs, experimental films, documentary works-in-progress, and multimedia projects. Doors […]


2013 Full Frame Honorees and Thematic and Tribute Lineups

2013 Full Frame Honorees and Thematic and Tribute Lineups

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will recognize three “remarkable Americans who have impacted the art, issues, and business of documentary filmmaking” at its 16th annual festival, April 4–7, in Durham, North Carolina. The Full Frame Tribute will honor Academy Award winning filmmaker Jessica Yu (Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O’Brien, Last Call at […]


March 1 Deadline for the John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards

March 1 Deadline for the John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards

This year marks the twenty-third anniversary of the John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards, given to undergraduates attending Triangle-area universities to help them conduct summer-long documentary fieldwork projects. The annual awards are given by the Center for Documentary Studies and are named for the noted scholar John Hope Franklin, the late professor emeritus of history at Duke University, in […]


“The Deep Blue Sea”: Artists in Residence Exhibition Showcases MFA Student Work

"The Deep Blue Sea": Artists in Residence Exhibition Showcases MFA Student Work

Three students in Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program—Kristin Bedford, Caitlin M. Kelly, and Jennifer Stratton—recently participated as artists-in-residence at the 2013 Winter Forum, “Blue Devils and the Deep Blue Sea: Can We Rescue the Oceans?,” at the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort, North Carolina. The students will present their final projects […]


Photographs by CDS Instructor Christopher Sims Featured in “Guantanamo Public Memory Project” Exhibit Traveling to Ten Venues Nationwide

Photographs by CDS Instructor Christopher Sims Featured in "Guantanamo Public Memory Project" Exhibit Traveling to Ten Venues Nationwide

A new exhibition reveals the history of a place both infamous and unknown to most Americans: the United States naval station at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Opening last December at New York University, and now traveling to ten sites across the country through 2014, the first exhibit by the Guantánamo Public Memory Project explores GTMO’s history, […]


Filmmaker Chris Jordan Will Give Conference Keynote and Present Sneak Peek of Feature Doc-in-Progress

Filmmaker Chris Jordan Will Give Conference Keynote and Present Sneak Peek of Feature Doc-in-Progress

Renowned photographic artist, cultural/environmental activist, and filmmaker Chris Jordan will be the keynote speaker at an upcoming conference on the Duke University campus. “Across the Threshold: Creativity, Being, & Healing” (February 28–March 3) is an interdisciplinary conference of artists, scientists, spiritual activists, healers, and academicians focused this year on personal, social, and environmental transformation. Jordan, who […]


“Souls of Zen: Buddhism, Ancestors, and the 2011 Tsunami in Japan”: Free Screening February 27

"Souls of Zen: Buddhism, Ancestors, and the 2011 Tsunami in Japan": Free Screening February 27

The Duke Screen/Society‘s Cine-East Film Series presents a free screening of a documentary that explores perspectives on Buddhism in the midst of Japan’s recovery from the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disasters. Souls of Zen: Buddhism, Ancestors, and the 2011 Tsunami in Japan will be introduced by Professor Levi McLaughlin of North Carolina […]


Bull City Food Exchange Part Deux: Friday, February 22, at CDS

Bull City Food Exchange Part Deux: Friday, February 22, at CDS

Building on the success of their first Bull City Food Exchange in May 2012, the Durham, North Carolina–based nonprofit Zomppa is hosting the Bull City Food Exchange Part Deux at the Center for Documentary Studies on February 22, 2013. Zomppa aims to transform kids’ relationship with food through healthy eating, sustainability, and cultural awareness. Bull City Exchange Part Deux: Food […]


Get Input on Your Doc Project at the CDS Meet Up Group Mastermind Session, February 25

Get Input on Your Doc Project at the CDS Meet Up Group Mastermind Session, February 25

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. The next meeting will be the first ever Mastermind Session: Each media maker (writer, photographer, audiophile, filmmaker, etc.) is invited to present his or […]


Final Projects by Fall 2012 Certificate in Documentary Arts Graduates

Final Projects by Fall 2012 Certificate in Documentary Arts Graduates

Throughout the year, the Center for Documentary Studies offers Continuing Education courses in the documentary arts. Some students choose to enroll in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program, which offers a more structured sequence of courses culminating in the Final Seminar in Documentary Studies, where students finish and present a substantial documentary work—projects that often move […]


Fresh Docs Screening Features TV Series “Chef and the Farmer,” February 22

Fresh Docs Screening Features TV Series "Chef and the Farmer," February 22

Fresh Docs is a works-in-progress film series presented by the Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund. The idea is to watch these not-quite-finished documentaries as a community, and then give constructive feedback to the filmmakers. Next up in the series is Chef and the Farmer (working title), an authentically southern TV series still in production. […]


Development Associate: Job Opening at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Development Associate: Job Opening at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, a program of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, is seeking a full-time development associate to work directly with the executive director of Full Frame on all aspects of fundraising, including individual gifts, grants, sponsorships, and government and in-kind fundraising. Full Frame occurs every April in Durham, North […]


LaToya Ruby Frazier’s “Campaign for Braddock Hospital” on View at CDS

LaToya Ruby Frazier's "Campaign for Braddock Hospital" on View at CDS

Rising star LaToya Ruby Frazier began to photograph herself and her family as a teenager. Now 31, her recent work extends that intimate circle to include her hometown, Braddock, Pennsylvania, which was decimated by the collapse of the American steel industry in the 1970s. The struggle for economic opportunity and access to health care by Braddock’s […]


“Welcome to Pine Point”: Interactive Love Letter to a Lost Town

"Welcome to Pine Point": Interactive Love Letter to a Lost Town

“…an understated work of stupefying grace…quietly breaking hearts around the world….” –The Globe and Mail (Toronto) For Valentine’s, this amazing homage to a lost love—Welcome to Pine Point is an award-winning interactive web documentary that tells the story of a Canadian mining town that was demolished after the mine closed in 1988. The work was produced […]


This Year, the CDS Documentary Essay Prize Honors Nonfiction: Deadline Extended to February 15

This Year, the CDS Documentary Essay Prize Honors Nonfiction: Deadline Extended to February 15

The new CDS Documentary Essay Prize honors the best in documentary photography and writing in alternating years. The first prize competition will be for writing; submissions will be accepted starting November 1, 2012 through February 15, 2013. The focus is on current or recently completed work (within the last two years) from a long-term project—fifteen images; fifteen to […]


Call for Entries: First Annual Will Grossman Memorial Photography Competition

Call for Entries: First Annual Will Grossman Memorial Photography Competition

Amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit entries to the First Annual Will Grossman Memorial Photography Competition, established by family and friends of the late Durham, North Carolina, community activist and artist.  The competition will be held each year in remembrance of Grossman and to promote photography in North Carolina’s Triangle region. The theme of […]


Register Now for Continuing Ed Classes: Documentary and the Three-Act Structure, Intro to Audio Docs, Online Photo Course

Register Now for Continuing Ed Classes: Documentary and the Three-Act Structure, Intro to Audio Docs, Online Photo Course

The Continuing Education program at the Center for Documentary Studies offers classes in photography, video, audio, narrative writing, multimedia, and other creative media for adults who are interested in learning or continuing to do their own documentary work. Register now for these upcoming courses and workshops.  Documentary and the Three-Act Structure Saturday, February 9, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Center for Documentary […]


Watch Interview: Photographer Ben Lowy and Dancer (and Photographer) Mikhail Baryshnikov

Watch Interview: Photographer Ben Lowy and Dancer (and Photographer) Mikhail Baryshnikov

In a recent episode of Reserve Channel‘s Capture with host Mark Seliger, 2010 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography winner Benjamin Lowy is interviewed along with dancer and photographer Mikhail Baryshnikov. Seliger, a renowned portrait photographer, Lowy, and Baryshnikov talk about Lowy’s work in Iraq | Perspectives along with his war and iPhone photography and Baryshnikov explains his transition […]


LaToya Ruby Frazier: Photographer Will Give Artist’s Talk at CDS on February 12

LaToya Ruby Frazier: Photographer Will Give Artist's Talk at CDS on February 12

Fast-rising star LaToya Ruby Frazier will give an artist’s talk at the Center for Documentary Studies on Tuesday, February 12, during her residency at Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program. The photographer and media artist’s work has been generating considerable buzz, particularly since the 2012 Whitney Biennial, where she debuted a series […]