Archive for October, 2013

“Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene”: Exhibit and Book Features Gerard H. Gaskin’s Prizewinning Images

"Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene": Exhibit and Book Features Gerard H. Gaskin's Prizewinning Images

“Legendary allows us to bear witness to a group of people who are courageous enough to create their safe space. . . . In search of beauty, Gaskin’s photographs open our eyes to an extraordinary community of artists who are performing beauty.”—Deborah Willis, judge for the 2012 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography In 2012, […]


Students in “The U.S./Mexico Border” Class Participate in Collaborative Mural Project

Students in "The U.S./Mexico Border" Class Participate in Collaborative Mural Project

Latino/a youth are partnering with Duke University undergraduates and instructors from several classes, including the “The U.S./Mexico Border” class at the Center for Documentary Studies, on a collaborative mural project (scroll down for slideshow) as part of Two-Way Bridges, an initiative that aims to expand the connections between Duke and the Durham Latino/a communities. The […]


Full Frame Pop Docs: Tickets On Sale for Morgan Spurlock’s “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope”

Full Frame Pop Docs: Tickets On Sale for Morgan Spurlock's “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope”

Pop-up screening, get your tickets early! One week before NC Comicon kicks off at the Durham Convention Center (November 9–10), our Full Frame colleagues are celebrating with a one-night-only screening of Morgan Spurlock’s Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope. Tickets can be purchased through the Duke University Box Office ($5); click here to purchase. At the November […]


Tom Rankin to Give Library of Congress Botkin Lecture on “One Place,” Wednesday, October 30

Tom Rankin to Give Library of Congress Botkin Lecture on "One Place," Wednesday, October 30

“‘I confine myself to the place I was born and raised,’ [Paul] Kwilecki once said, ‘not as an arbitrary discipline or to prove that subjects worthy of photographs exist everywhere and in abundance, though it is true that they do, but because Decatur County is home, and I know it from my special warp, having […]


Opening: “Soul and Service” Celebrates the Rich History of the NC Mutual Life Insurance Company

Opening: "Soul and Service" Celebrates the Rich History of the NC Mutual Life Insurance Company

An eight-panel exhibition installed on the Center for Documentary Studies‘ porches celebrates the rich history of the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company. Described by its founders as “The Company with a Soul and a Service,” Mutual opened its doors for business in 1898, making it the nation’s oldest and largest insurance company with roots in […]


“In Practice: Work by Duke Arts Faculty,” on View at the Power Plant Gallery

"In Practice: Work by Duke Arts Faculty," on View at the Power Plant Gallery

An exhibit on view at the Power Plant Gallery on the American Tobacco Campus—In Practice: Work by Duke Arts Faculty—includes works in a wide range of media—photography, film and video, printmaking, new media—by seventeen Duke faculty members and instructors from three arts units at the university: the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS), the Department of Art, Art History and […]


Special Screening of “Rush to Judgment,” Classic Account of JFK Assassination and Investigation, October 28

Special Screening of "Rush to Judgment," Classic Account of JFK Assassination and Investigation, October 28

The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to present a free screening of Emile de Antonio and Mark Lane’s Rush to Judgment, a classic account of the JFK assassination and investigation based on Lane’s 1966 New York Times bestselling book of the same name. Monday, October 28, 7 p.m. Full Frame Theater, Power Plant Building, American Tobacco […]


CDS Instructors Sims and Rue Help Create “Inspired by Nature,” a Video Project Featured in the iPad Issue of “National Geographic Kids”

CDS Instructors Sims and Rue Help Create "Inspired by Nature," a Video Project Featured in the iPad Issue of "National Geographic Kids"

Christopher Sims and Elena Rue, both instructors at the Center for Documentary Studies, were commissioned by the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation to collect audio and video material for a collaborative storytelling project that aimed to capture stories about our connection with nature, and how we are inspired and transformed by this connection. The first short […]


New Season of Fresh Docs Kicks Off with “Ironing Board Sam’s Tenth,” October 25

New Season of Fresh Docs Kicks Off with "Ironing Board Sam's Tenth," October 25

This fall the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and the Southern Documentary Fund will co-present another season of the monthly Fresh Docs series, a showcase for documentary works-in-progress and recently completed films. Each screening is followed by a moderated discussion with the filmmaker, with audience feedback encouraged for works-in-progress and a focus on […]


Home Movie Day Raleigh 2013; Saturday, October 19

Home Movie Day Raleigh 2013; Saturday, October 19

Get those shoe boxes out from under the bed and haul your 8mm, Super8mm, 16mm film, VHS, and Video8/Hi8 videotapes over to Raleigh for Home Movie Day. On October 19, communities across the globe will be staging screenings of home movies; Home Movie Day began in 2002 as a worldwide celebration of amateur home movies, […]


Environmental Artist Chris Jordan a Featured Guest at This Year’s Duke Arts Festival, October 30 & 31

Environmental Artist Chris Jordan a Featured Guest at This Year's Duke Arts Festival, October 30 & 31

What role can the arts play in helping us address the urgency of environmental sustainability? The theme of this year’s Duke Arts Festival makes a visit by Chris Jordan a natural fit; Jordan’s powerfully rendered artworks about consumption have garnered him international acclaim. He’ll join local artists Bryant Holsenbeck and Pinar Yoldas on a panel […]


Full Time Communications Job Opening at Full Frame

Full Time Communications Job Opening at Full Frame

Note: This position has now been filled. The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is hiring a communications manager. Working with the Marketing Director, the communications manager is responsible for the majority of day-to-day communications and outreach for Full Frame. This work includes managing social media outlets; writing and developing bimonthly Festival e-news communications; updating and writing copy for the […]


Third Fridays at the Full Frame Theater: Free Screening October 18 of “Pussy Riot—A Punk Prayer”

Third Fridays at the Full Frame Theater: Free Screening October 18 of “Pussy Riot—A Punk Prayer”

On February 21, 2012, an Orthodox church in Moscow was the site of a guerrilla punk performance by Pussy Riot, an all-female group of activist performance artists. Three of the members were arrested and eventually convicted and sentenced to prison for hooliganism. Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin’s Pussy Riot—A Punk Prayer, the next film in […]


Enjoy!: Student Work from Harvey Stein’s Documentary Street Photography Workshop

Enjoy!: Student Work from Harvey Stein's Documentary Street Photography Workshop

On September 27-29, the Center for Documentary Studies hosted renowned photographer Harvey Stein for a repeat performance of his popular three-day Documentary Street Photography workshop, first offered through our Continuing Education program in 2012. Again, Stein explained his approach, describing a set of very specific aesthetic and interpersonal methods for capturing glowing, revealing portraits of complete […]


Free Screenings and a Conversation with Documentary Filmmaker Marco Williams

Free Screenings and a Conversation with Documentary Filmmaker Marco Williams

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Marco Williams will be screening two of his films in the Triangle area on October 7 and 8. Williams, a professor in the Department of Film and TV at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, will be on hand to introduce the films and for question and answer sessions following the screenings. In addition, […]


First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2010, Benjamin Lowy’s “Iraq | Perspectives”

First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2010, Benjamin Lowy’s “Iraq | Perspectives”

In anticipation of next month’s publication of 2012 Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography winner Gerard H. Gaskin’s Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene, we’re taking a look back at previous winners of this prestigious biennial prize, which offers, among other things, publication of a book of photography. This month, we’re featuring the […]


Last Chance to See “One Place” Locally: Exhibit Closes October 5

Last Chance to See "One Place" Locally: Exhibit Closes October 5

One Place, our exhibit of black-and-white photographs by self-taught artist Paul Kwilecki, is closing on October 5, 2013, after an extended run. The exhibit will be traveling next to the Crealdé School of Art in Winter Park, Florida, and to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art at the University of New Orleans.  One Place: Paul Kwilecki […]


Rebekah Fergusson’s ‘”Pro Voice Project” Illuminates the Human Stories in a Black-and-White Debate

Rebekah Fergusson's '"Pro Voice Project" Illuminates the Human Stories in a Black-and-White Debate

“This film isn’t just about abortion; it’s about universal themes of stigma, grief, an imperfect decision, and our most basic desire to understand our experiences through storytelling,” says filmmaker Rebekah Fergusson in describing her work-in-progress feature documentary, The Pro Voice Project. The film will be told from the perspective of five women traveling across the country […]


MFA Student, Alumni, and Faculty Films in the New York Film Festival’s “Views from the Avant-Garde”

MFA Student, Alumni, and Faculty Films in the New York Film Festival's "Views from the Avant-Garde"

Work by Duke MFA in Experimental and Documentary Art alums Marika Borgeson (’13), Lisa McCarty (’13, and 2013-14 CDS Exhibitions Intern), and Talena Sanders (’13), and by current student Erin Espelie (’14), was selected for the 51st New York Film Festival and is screening as part of the Views from the Avant-Garde section, an annual celebration of the best and boldest experimental film […]


Spotlight on Upcoming Continuing Education Class: Two-Weekend “Audio Slideshows” Workshop

Spotlight on Upcoming Continuing Education Class: Two-Weekend "Audio Slideshows" Workshop

Register now for the two-weekend “Audio Slideshows” class offered through our Continuing Education program. Students will learn best practices for gathering original audio and taking compelling photographs in order to construct a 5- to 6-minute audio slideshow. With instructors Phoebe Judge and Indaia Whitcombe, the class will examine collaborations between photographers and audio producers, as […]