Archive for May, 2013

Physician Residents Will Share Documentary Projects at June 5 Event

Physician Residents Will Share Documentary Projects at June 5 Event

The Documenting Medicine program provides Duke physician residents with the tools and skills to produce documentary projects that explore patient experiences. “I think ultimately, we all went into medicine for the stories,” says internal medicine resident Mallika Dhawan. “Understanding these stories is what makes us better at our jobs. How can we treat our patients and […]


“Wage/Working”: Update from the Live Interactive Residency Project

"Wage/Working": Update from the Live Interactive Residency Project

A new Live Interactive Residency in upstate New York was launched to support two producers collaborating “to explore/exploit media that spans the broadcast/transmission, digital, and ‘street’ platforms.” Former Center for Documentary Studies staffer Tennessee Watson, along with Laura Hadden, were the first recipients of the ten-week residency, a project of  the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) and the nonprofit […]


CDS Meet-Up Group Will Discuss What to Look for In a DSLR, Monday, June 3

CDS Meet-Up Group Will Discuss What to Look for In a DSLR, Monday, June 3

A discussion about DSLR equipment, free and open to the public, will be led by camera expert Richard Lucic. A presentation on “What to Look for When Buying a DSLR with Still and Video Capabilities” will include information on a range of DSLRs and how to identify the specifications and capabilities most suited to your work. […]


First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Previous Winners: From 2002, Larry Schwarm’s “On Fire”

First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Previous Winners: From 2002, Larry Schwarm's "On Fire"

The CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography is a biennial prize that offers publication of a book of photography, a $3,000 award, and inclusion in a website devoted to presenting the work of winners of the prize. Each year a significant and innovative artist, curator, or writer in photography is chosen to judge the prize and […]


Professor Diablo Returns to Durham on May 28 to Investigate “Lost and Found”

Professor Diablo Returns to Durham on May 28 to Investigate "Lost and Found"

Co-presented by the Center for Documentary Studies and the Hinge Literary Center, Professor Diablo’s True Revue is a collaborative performance series showcasing artists—writers, musicians, visual artists, and others—who make use of documentary ideas, methods, and impulses in the creation of their work. Following five full house performances since its launch in the spring of 2012, […]


CDS Undergraduate Tabria Williford Presents Research to Duke President’s Council on Black Affairs

CDS Undergraduate Tabria Williford Presents Research to Duke President's Council on Black Affairs

Center for Documentary Studies student Tabria Williford was one of five Duke undergraduates recently selected to present her research work to Duke President’s Council on Black Affairs during their spring 2013 semester meeting. Williford’s documentary project, “Durham Food Bank and Urban Ministries: Documentary Photographs, 2011–2012” was drawn from fieldwork she completed during her first two […]


Screenings of Student Documentary Video Projects From Scotland Neck, North Carolina, May 24

Screenings of Student Documentary Video Projects From Scotland Neck, North Carolina, May 24

Anytown, USA is a class at the Center for Documentary Studies offered annually through our Continuing Education program, in which students produce and edit videos related to a small town in North Carolina. This year’s class, taught by filmmaker Randolph Benson, focused on the town of Scotland Neck, and each of the eleven students created a […]


Summertime Means Shorts! Fresh Docs Screenings on June 6, American Tobacco Campus

Summertime Means Shorts! Fresh Docs Screenings on June 6, American Tobacco Campus

Next up in the Fresh Docs film series, two short documentary films hot out of the editing suite: Judy Van Wyk’s Musings of an Iraqi Patriot and Rodrigo Dorfman’s Tommy! The Dreams I Keep Inside Me. Fresh Docs is a works-in-progress film series presented by the Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund. […]


Make a Short Doc with Help from “Visual Storytelling: The Digital Video Documentary,” a CDS E-Book

Make a Short Doc with Help from "Visual Storytelling: The Digital Video Documentary," a CDS E-Book

The Center for Documentary Studies’ first e-book, Visual Storytelling, is for anyone who wants to make a watchable short documentary using a consumer camcorder, digital SLR camera, or cell phone. Nancy Kalow, who has taught at CDS for twelve years and chairs the selection committee of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, has written a step-by-step […]


Summer 2013 Issue of “Document” Available Online

Summer 2013 Issue of "Document" Available Online

The latest issue of Document, the CDS quarterly newsletter, is now available online; Document features some of the best documentary work supported and produced by the Center for Documentary Studies. Highlights in the summer issue include an interview with outgoing CDS director Tom Rankin, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival award winners, a tribute to the […]



Great Lineup for Look3 Photo Festival in Charlottesville, VA, June 13–15

Great Lineup for Look3 Photo Festival in Charlottesville, VA, June 13–15

A self-described “celebration of photography, created by photographers, for those who share a passion for the still image,” the annual LOOK3 Charlottesville Festival of the Photograph takes over downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, for “three days of peace, love, and photography.” This year’s event (Thursday, June 13–Saturday, June 15) includes artist conversations, exhibits, outdoor projections, book signings, parties, and […]


One-Night Only Screening of Acclaimed “Granny’s Got Game” in Raleigh, NC, May 20

One-Night Only Screening of Acclaimed "Granny's Got Game" in Raleigh, NC, May 20

First-time filmmaker Angela Alford has been garnering lots of praise (ESPN.com and Huffington Post, among many other admirers) for the documentary that she started as her final project in our Certificate in Documentary Arts program. Granny’s Got Game follows a senior women’s basketball team in North Carolina—seven fiercely competitive women in their seventies who battle physical limitations and skepticism to keep […]


“Stories from Stagville”: Exhibit Features Collaborative Work by Durham 5th Graders and Duke Undergrads

"Stories from Stagville": Exhibit Features Collaborative Work by Durham 5th Graders and Duke Undergrads

A new exhibit on the Duke University campus showcases work made by fifth-grade students in Lisa Lord’s classroom at Club Boulevard Humanities Magnet School in Durham, North Carolina, based on their yearlong study of Historic Stagville, which contains the remnants of one of the South’s largest pre-Civil War plantations. The fifth graders worked with Duke undergraduates […]


Durham Civil Rights Heritage Project on View at the Power Plant

Durham Civil Rights Heritage Project on View at the Power Plant

The Durham Civil Rights Heritage Project will be on view through June 27 in the newly renovated Power Plant building on the historic American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham, North Carolina. The eleven banners that make up the exhibit tell the story of some of Durham’s most significant civil rights activities using photographs, texts, and quotes from […]


Spring 2013 Certificate in Documentary Arts Students Present Final Projects on Friday, May 17

Eleven continuing education students in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program at the Center for Documentary Studies will present their final projects to the public and receive their certificates. A reception will follow at the Center for Documentary Studies. The students and their projects are described below. Certificate in Documentary Arts Project Presentations Friday, May 17, […]


CDS Paid Internships for 2013–2014: Web Design, Exhibits, Publishing & Digital Arts

The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University is accepting applications for three nine-month internship positions that will begin in September 2013 and end in May 2014. The interns will gain broad experience in the documentary field, with particular focus on exhibiting, digital arts and publishing, web design, and producing a range of materials related to the […]


“Hidden in Plain Sight”: Jack Anderson’s Nighttime Photos Explore Neglected Historical Sites in Durham

"Hidden in Plain Sight": Jack Anderson's Nighttime Photos Explore Neglected Historical Sites in Durham

Photographer MJ Sharp, a Center for Documentary Studies instructor, did an independent study with undergraduate student Jack Anderson that culminated in his exhibition of nighttime black-and-white photographs, Hidden in Plain Sight: Architectural Reminders of Durham’s Vital Past. Sharp explores the world at night in her work, as does Anderson. “We talk like two old crusty sailors […]