Archive for June, 2013

CDS Welcomes New Director: Award-Winning Historian Wesley C. Hogan

Originally published on the Duke Today website: Wesley C. Hogan, a historian widely honored for her documentary work on the civil rights movement, has been named the new director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. She begins her appointment on July 1, 2013. Hogan will be only the third director of CDS, which […]


Fresh Swag, Hot Off The Presses!

Fresh Swag, Hot Off The Presses!

They’re here: new Center for Documentary Studies tote bags and 8GB flash drives; $15 each at our front desk. So come visit, enjoy some wonderful photo exhibits, sit on our porch, and peruse the goods. Center for Documentary Studies 1317 W. Pettigrew St. Durham, North Carolina Directions


Outgoing Director Tom Rankin Reflects on 15 Years at CDS and the Road Ahead

Outgoing Director Tom Rankin Reflects on 15 Years at CDS and the Road Ahead

It’s hard to imagine the Center for Documentary Studies without Tom Rankin at the helm. He’s been here for the last fifteen of our twenty-four years, just the second director we’ve had (Iris Tillman Hill was our first). CDS—and the world—was a different place when Tom arrived in Durham in 1998. Under his leadership, it […]


Final Projects: Spring 2013 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

Eleven students in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program at the Center for Documentary Studies presented their final projects to the public and received their certificates at an event in May, followed by a reception at CDS. Offered through our Continuing Education program, the certificate program culminates in a Final Seminar in Documentary Studies, in which students finish and […]


CDS Undergraduate Instructor Christopher Sims Photographs Debate about Creationism in Kentucky for the “Financial Times Sunday Magazine”

CDS Undergraduate Instructor Christopher Sims Photographs Debate about Creationism in Kentucky for the "Financial Times Sunday Magazine"

CDS undergraduate instructor Christopher Sims was commissioned by the Financial Times Sunday Magazine this spring to create a series of photographs on the debate about creationism in Kentucky. The feature article by staff writer Barney Jopson, as well as an extended slideshow of Sims’s photographs, are now available online on the website of the Financial Times. […]


Documentary Video Institute Students to Screen Food-Themed Films on June 22

Documentary Video Institute Students to Screen Food-Themed Films on June 22

Students in the annual Documentary Video Institute, offered every summer through our Continuing Education program, will be screening their short films at the new Full Frame Theater in downtown Durham.; this year’s theme—food. Saturday, June 22, 10:30 a.m. Full Frame Theater, Power Plant building American Tobacco Campus 320 Blackwell St., Durham, North Carolina Directions The perenially-popular one-week […]


Student-Produced Music Videos Spotlight Local Blues Artists

Student-Produced Music Videos Spotlight Local Blues Artists

The Music Maker Relief Foundation is a unique nonprofit organization in Hillsborough, North Carolina, “dedicated to helping the true pioneers and forgotten heroes of the Blues gain recognition and meet their day-to-day needs,” and to keeping the conversation about these artists alive. Check out Music Maker’s blog for a video series on local artists intended to […]


2013 John Hope Franklin Award Winners Immerse Themselves in Summer-Long Documentary Projects

2013 John Hope Franklin Award Winners Immerse Themselves in Summer-Long Documentary Projects

And they’re off….three undergrads from local universities will be pursuing summer-long documentary projects as recipients of the 2013 John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards. While many of the Center for Documentary Studies‘ awards are national or international in focus, the John Hope Franklin awards go to Triangle-area undergraduates who wish to pursue projects involving oral history, photography, […]


2012 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2004, Steven B. Smith’s “The Weather and a Place to Live”

2012 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2004, Steven B. Smith's "The Weather and a Place to Live"

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 write an […]


Third Fridays at the Full Frame Theater: Free Screenings Kick Off June 21 With “I Am Breathing”

Third Fridays at the Full Frame Theater: Free Screenings Kick Off June 21 With "I Am Breathing"

The beautiful new Full Frame Theater in downtown Durham will be home to the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival’s Third Friday series of free screenings, which will be held every month through November. First up: two free screenings of Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon’s acclaimed documentary I Am Breathing, as part of the film’s Global Screening Day, when it will […]


Pop Docs: Full Frame Favorite “If You Build It” Will Screen One Night Only on June 17

Pop Docs: Full Frame Favorite "If You Build It" Will Screen One Night Only on June 17

Pop-up screening! One of the most talked about docs from Full Frame 2013—If You Build It—returns to the beautiful new Full Frame Theater for one night only! Designers Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller bring their radical educational program to Bertie County, North Carolina, transforming people and place over the course of a turbulent and inspiring year as […]


Join the CDS Meet-Up Group to Discuss “Documenting Your Documentary,” June 24

Join the CDS Meet-Up Group to Discuss "Documenting Your Documentary," June 24

At the next CDS Meet-Up Group, Leanora Minai will cover using a journalistic approach through field reporting to share progress on documentary projects and pique community interest. Leanora will provide examples from her Certificate in Documentary Arts project—her short documentary The Mothers—as well as an overview of various digital platforms (website, social media, etc.) and strategies […]


Watch: “Anytown, USA” Student Videos on Scotland Neck, North Carolina

Watch: "Anytown, USA" Student Videos on Scotland Neck, North Carolina

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 students created a short […]


Book and Exhibit: “One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia”

Book and Exhibit: "One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia"

“I am frequently asked by people who have not seen my work why I spend my life documenting one simple place like Decatur County, Georgia. People confuse simple with small; they’re not the same thing. There are no simple places or simple lives. . . . . Life [in Decatur County] is like life everywhere, and I […]


2012 John Hope Franklin Award Winner Returns to Germany to Complete Documentary Film

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, David Mayer, a recipient of a 2012 John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Award for his documentary film on the life of his grandfather during World War II, will be traveling back to Germany this summer to continue working on the project. David’s film is a personal and intimate retelling of […]


Register Now: Second Session Added for “Intensive Introduction to Documentary Studies”

Register Now: Second Session Added for "Intensive Introduction to Documentary Studies"

Due to demand, our Continuing Education program  is offering a second session of the Intensive Introduction to Documentary Studies course this summer. This intensive, weeklong class—led by oral historian and folklorist Michelle Lanier—fulfills the introductory course requirement for a Certificate in Documentary Arts, but is also ideal for those who simply want to learn the basic history and […]