Archive for July, 2013

Pop Docs: One-Night Only for “Brief Encounters,” Acclaimed Film on Photographer Gregory Crewdson, August 7th

Pop Docs: One-Night Only for "Brief Encounters," Acclaimed Film on Photographer Gregory Crewdson, August 7th

Pop-up screening! Our colleagues at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival continue their program of year-round events with a special screening of director Ben Shapiro’s Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters. (Click link to view trailer.) An acclaimed photographer with the eye of a filmmaker, Gregory Crewdson’s meticulously composed, large-scale images are beautifully haunting narratives of small-town American […]


Full Frame Call for Entries: Film Festival Will Accept Submissions Beginning August 15

Full Frame Call for Entries: Film Festival Will Accept Submissions Beginning August 15

Beginning August 15, 2013, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be accepting submissions for the 17th annual festival, which will be held April 3–6, 2014, in Durham, North Carolina. Short and feature documentaries completed after January 1, 2012 are eligible for consideration for Full Frame 2014. Complete the online application and postmark your DVD preview screeners […]


Listen: Short Food-Themed Docs from Our 2013 Summer Audio Institute

Listen: Short Food-Themed Docs from Our 2013 Summer Audio Institute

Our eleventh annual introductory summer audio institute, Hearing is Believing, wrapped up on July 20 with a celebratory listening event here at the Center for Documentary Studies. Fifteen short documentaries were produced by a record twenty-six participants, who came to Durham from across the country. During the intensive seven-day course, offered through our Continuing Education […]


What’s a Zeega? Find Out at the Next CDS Meet-Up Group on Monday, July 29

What's a Zeega? Find Out at the Next CDS Meet-Up Group on Monday, July 29

Please join us at the next CDS Meet-Up Group for a presentation by Kara Oehler, chief creative officer at Zeega. Kara, who is here as a visiting instructor for one of our summer institutes in the documentary arts, will discuss the company’s platform for creating an exciting new form of interactive media, and how it can be used […]


The Lives of Sailors Presented in “Hold Capacity // Trade Route Stories, Reimagined,” Opening July 30

The Lives of Sailors Presented in "Hold Capacity // Trade Route Stories, Reimagined," Opening July 30

A unique documentary happening—Hold Capacity // Trade Route Stories, Reimagined—will start unfolding soon in Durham, North Carolina. Documentary artist Allison Swaim, our colleague at the Center for Documentary Studies, spent a year at sea sailing around the globe by cargo ship, gathering stories from the sailors who keep the world running. Seven ships and many bodies […]


CDS Seeking Federal Work-Study Students for Part-Time Fall Semester Positions

The Center for Documentary Studies is currently seeking federally eligible work-study students for part-time administrative assistant positions for the fall semester. 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 […]


First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2006, Danny Wilcox Frazier’s “Driftless: Photographs from Iowa”

First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2006, Danny Wilcox Frazier's "Driftless: Photographs from Iowa"

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 […]


Watch: Final Projects by Documentary Video Institute Students Cover the Local Food Scene

Watch: Final Projects by Documentary Video Institute Students Cover the Local Food Scene

In the 2013 version of our Documentary Video Institute, offered every summer through our Continuing Education program, each student produced a video on the local food scene—that year’s theme. At this perenially-popular one-week video boot camp, students learn all aspects of documentary filmmaking: pre-production and scouting locations, camera operation, lighting and sound, editing and post-production, and finally, […]


Student Action with Farmworkers Receives Service-Learning Award for Contributions to CDS Undergraduate Classes

Student Action with Farmworkers Receives Service-Learning Award for Contributions to CDS Undergraduate Classes

Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) was honored this spring by Duke University’s Service-Learning Program with a Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-Learning Award, in recognition of SAF’s long commitment to supporting undergraduate courses at the Center for Documentary Studies. SAF was nominated for the Alden Award by Charlie Thompson, director of undergraduate education at CDS, and Christopher […]


World Premiere of “Food On Four Wheels,” Created by Young Filmmakers in the School of Doc

World Premiere of "Food On Four Wheels," Created by Young Filmmakers in the School of Doc

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, in conjunction with the Center for Documentary Studies, will present the world premiere of Food on Four Wheels, a documentary film produced, directed, edited, and shot by students in Full Frame’s annual School of Doc. The free five-week intensive summer camp is open to local high school students, who learn all aspects […]


Third Fridays at the Full Frame Theater: Free Screening July 19 of “Blackfish”

Third Fridays at the Full Frame Theater: Free Screening July 19 of "Blackfish"

“A mesmerizing psychological thriller,” is how Variety describes director Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s Blackfish, the next film in the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival’s Third Friday series. Cowperthwaite’s documentary unravels the contemporary lore of orcas, or “killer whales,” as majestic, friendly giants on the one hand, and vicious killers on the other. Blackfish, which premiered at this […]


Update: “A Chef’s Life” Documentary Food Series Set to Launch

Update: "A Chef's Life" Documentary Food Series Set to Launch

Last time we reported on local filmmaker Cynthia Hill’s latest project, a documentary food show, she was screening a few episodes at our Fresh Docs works-in-progress series, presented with the Southern Documentary Fund. Now, Cynthia and crew have shot and edited thirteen episodes of A Chef’s Life, which will premiere on PBS stations beginning in […]