Archive for April, 2013

Edward Ranney Presents a Life in Photography, Tuesday, May 7

Edward Ranney Presents a Life in Photography, Tuesday, May 7

Internationally renowned photographer Edward Ranney will be on the Duke campus to give a presentation on his forty-plus-years work documenting natural and man-altered landscapes; the talk is free and open to the public. His work of the 1970s in the southern Andes of Peru resulted in the book Monuments of the Incas (1982), which was reprinted in an […]


Upcoming Continuing Ed Classes Explore Copyright, Animation, and Creative Nonfiction

Upcoming Continuing Ed Classes Explore Copyright, Animation, and Creative Nonfiction

Check out these three great offerings from our Continuing Education program—one- and two-day workshops and an online class: Copyright Issues for Documentarians Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Copyright is an increasingly important—and sometimes treacherous—subject for documentarians, who are both owners and users of copyrighted works. Learn about issues of copyright, fair use, and how the law […]


A Must-See: “Light Sensitive: Photographic Works from North Carolina Collections” Closes May 12

A Must-See: "Light Sensitive: Photographic Works from North Carolina Collections" Closes May 12

Catch this wonderful exhibit at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University while you can: Light Sensitive: Photographic Works from North Carolina Collections includes over a hundred works, from tiny early daguerreotypes to large-scale contemporary color prints and videos, and is drawn from twelve public and private North Carolina collections. Photographs by Center for Documentary Studies director […]


2013 Julia Harper Day Award Winner: Hannah Scott

2013 Julia Harper Day Award Winner: Hannah Scott

The Julia Harper Day Award was created by the Center for Documentary Studies in 1992 in memory of the young woman who was CDS’s first staff member, a writer and photographer of real accomplishment. This $500 award goes to a graduating Duke University senior who has demonstrated excellence in documentary studies and contributed significantly to […]


Audio Documentary Listening Party: Students to Present a Selection of Works, April 29

Audio Documentary Listening Party: Students to Present a Selection of Works, April 29

The general public is enthusiastically invited to this presentation in the new Power Plant building by undergraduate and graduate students in the Short Audio Documentary class taught by Center for Documentary Studies audio director John Biewen. The students will present a selection of works produced during the spring semester. The short audio documentaries will be […]


Special Rescreening of Duke Film Instructor David Gatten’s Acclaimed “The Extravagant Shadows”

Special Rescreening of Duke Film Instructor David Gatten's Acclaimed "The Extravagant Shadows"

The Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York is presenting a special reprise screening of filmmaker David Gatten’s The Extravagant Shadows. Fourteen years in the making, the Duke film instructor’s first digital feature—shot with a Nikon DSLR—premiered at the 50th New York Film Festival last fall to great acclaim, screening in the festival’s Views from […]


“One Place” Exhibit Includes Installation of Photographer Paul Kwilecki’s Office

"One Place" Exhibit Includes Installation of Photographer Paul Kwilecki’s Office

Exhibitions director Courtney Reid-Eaton describes the installation that’s part of an exhibit on view at the Center for Documentary Studies through July 27, 2013—One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia. The exhibit features selected photographs from a book of the same name edited by CDS director Tom Rankin and […]


Certificate in Documentary Studies Project Presentations and Exhibit: “Beyond the Front Porch 2013”

Certificate in Documentary Studies Project Presentations and Exhibit: "Beyond the Front Porch 2013"

Eight graduating seniors who are completing the Certificate in Documentary Studies at Duke University will present their final projects to the public in an open house celebration at the Center for Documentary Studies: David Chou, Michaela Dwyer, Melanie Houston, Alice Kim, Haley Read, Hannah Scott, Sarah Van Name, and Katie Vo. An exhibit of the students’ work, […]


CDS Seeking Federal Work-Study Students for Part-Time Summer (or Longer-Term) Positions

CDS Seeking Federal Work-Study Students for Part-Time Summer (or Longer-Term) Positions

The Center for Documentary Studies is currently seeking federally eligible work-study students for part-time summer administrative assistant positions. Our administrative assistants are the first point-of-contact at CDS, and require strong interpersonal skills and knowledge about the classes, programs, and exhibits on offer at the facility. Persons in this position must be willing and able to […]


Celebration of “One Place”: Exhibit Reception, Talk, and Book Signing with Editor Tom Rankin, April 25

Celebration of "One Place": Exhibit Reception, Talk, and Book Signing with Editor Tom Rankin, April 25

Oxford American editor Roger Hodge calls the book “a masterpiece of documentary art.” Renowned photographer Alec Soth says it’s “an American classic.” An event celebrating the publication of One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia, will include a talk and signing by Center for Documentary Studies director Tom Rankin, […]


CDS Relaunches Lange-Taylor Prize; Deadline Extended to May 7, 2013

CDS Relaunches Lange-Taylor Prize; Deadline Extended to May 7, 2013

The Center for Documentary Studies is proud to re-launch the Lange-Taylor Prize, which supports documentary artists—working alone or in teams—who are involved in extended, ongoing fieldwork projects that rely on and exploit, in intriguing and effective ways, the interplay of words and images in the creation and presentation of their work. The updated guidelines expand […]


“Gullah Geechee Gala” Celebrates New Partnership with Historic African American Community

"Gullah Geechee Gala" Celebrates New Partnership with Historic African American Community

Duke University is hosting a kickoff gala for a new summer program that will send young scholars from the Carolinas—including fourteen Duke students—to live and work with Gullah Geechee community groups in Conway, South Carolina, on projects ranging from cultural history to education, public policy, and health. The program is a collaboration between Duke University’s Benjamin […]


“Haikus and Other Mathematics”: Short Films by MFA in Experimental & Doc Arts Students, April 19

"Haikus and Other Mathematics": Short Films by MFA in Experimental & Doc Arts Students, April 19

Students in Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program will present a program of short films produced in conjunction with instructor/award-winning filmmaker Josh Gibson‘s Experimental Film course. Haikus and Other Mathematics includes work by twelve students in the Class of 2014: Runa A, Kristin Bedford, Rachel Boillot, Brenda L. Burmeister, Malina Chavez, Erin Espelie, Sarah […]


CDS Meet Up Group: Audio Guru Shea Shackelford Talks Equipment and Software, April 22

CDS Meet Up Group: Audio Guru Shea Shackelford Talks Equipment and Software, April 22

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 led by Shea Shackelford, a documentary producer and a founder of the award-winning production company Big […]


New Event Space Lights Up Downtown Durham’s American Tobacco Campus

New Event Space Lights Up Downtown Durham's American Tobacco Campus

We’re excited about the Power Plant (slideshow of images below), a newly renovated building on the historic American Tobacco Campus (ATC) in downtown Durham. The Center for Documentary Studies and the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program are partnering with ATC to offer programming and event space at the dynamic new facility, which features […]


Documentary Writers Series: “River Bend Chronicle” Author Ben Miller on the Junkification of His Iowa Boyhood, April 15

Documentary Writers Series: "River Bend Chronicle" Author Ben Miller on the Junkification of His Iowa Boyhood, April 15

The Center for Documentary Studies, in cooperation with The Hinge Literary Center, is pleased to bring writer Ben Miller to Durham for our Documentary Writers Series, a regular showcase of nonfiction authors who write artfully observed stories about the world. The series is part of our ongoing commitment to find audiences for new and notable work […]


Upcoming One-Day Workshops: Wet Plate Processing and Documentary and the Three-Act Structure

Upcoming One-Day Workshops: Wet Plate Processing and Documentary and the Three-Act Structure

We’re pleased to offer these upcoming one-day CDS Continuing Education classes, one of which an online course. Alternative Processing: Wet Plate Workshop  Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.  Center for Documentary Studies / 1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina Wet plate processing is a beautiful, antique photographic process practiced in the nineteenth century by […]


Free Screening of Acclaimed “Lion’s Den” Closes Out Feminism & Freedom Film Series

Free Screening of Acclaimed "Lion’s Den" Closes Out Feminism & Freedom Film Series

Next up in Duke University’s annual 2013 Feminism and Freedom Film Series is Argentinian director Pablo Trapero’s Lion’s Den, winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Havana Film Festival in 2008, nominee for the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and a New York Times Critic’s Pick (film trailer included in review). Free screening: Lion’s Den Wednesday, April 10, 7 p.m. White […]


Full Frame Winners Announced: Grand Jury, CDS Filmmaker, and Other Festival Awards

Full Frame Winners Announced: Grand Jury, CDS Filmmaker, and Other Festival Awards

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival announced the 2013 festival award recipients on April 7, 2013, the last day of the sixteenth annual event. Ten awards and two Honorable Mentions were given, including Full Frame’s top prize, the Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award (American Promise), and the Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award (Kalyanee […]


View Online: Special Spring 2013 Issue of “Document” Celebrates New Photo Books and Exhibits

View Online: Special Spring 2013 Issue of "Document" Celebrates New Photo Books and Exhibits

The spring 2013 issue of the Center for Documentary Studies‘ quarterly newsletter, Document, is now available to read and view online. This special issue celebrates the publication of two new photo books, with accompanying exhibits, from the Center for Documentary Studies: One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia will be published in April 2013 […]


Performance by Grammy Nominee Tift Merritt at World Voice Day Event, April 16

Performance by Grammy Nominee Tift Merritt at World Voice Day Event, April 16

The Duke Voice Care Center will celebrate World Voice Day 2013 with a special event, cohosted by the Center for Documentary Studies, featuring singer-songwriter Tift Merritt, recipient of Duke Voice Care Center’s Patrick D. Kenan Award for Vocal Health and Wellness. April 16 marks a worldwide annual event devoted to the phenomenon of voice and its importance […]


MFA Thesis Exhibition Events Continue at Venues in Durham

MFA Thesis Exhibition Events Continue at Venues in Durham

Less than two years ago, Duke University welcomed fifteen students into the newly launched MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program. Works by the graduating Class of 2013—ranging from installation and performance to film and photography—are featured in the MFA’s inaugural thesis exhibition, MFA|EDA 2013. The series of screenings, openings, and presentations that comprise the […]


Free Screening: Award-Winning “Habibi” Closes Ethics Film Series on April 8

Free Screening: Award-Winning "Habibi" Closes Ethics Film Series on April 8

A tragic romance from Lebanese American writer, director, and producer Susan Youssef (named one of Filmmaker magazine’s “25 New Faces” to watch) is the final offering in the annual Ethics Film Series at Duke University (see all trailers below). Habibi is Youssef’s widely acclaimed fiction feature that tells a story of forbidden love between two students in the West Bank […]


Register Now for Summer Course: One-Week Doc Filmmaking Boot Camp

This summer CDS will offer its tenth annual Documentary Video Institute, our one-week video boot camp that has turned out over two hundred full-fledged documentarians. From June 15 through June 22, with expert guidance from multiple instructors, students will learn all aspects of video production: pre-production and scouting locations, camera operation, lighting and sound, editing […]