Archive for November, 2013

Exhibits, Essays, Interviews: Work by CDS Faculty & Staff

Exhibits, Essays, Interviews: Work by CDS Faculty & Staff

Notable recent news by Center for Documentary Studies faculty and staff includes: Dress Rehearsal, a solo exhibit of photographs by undergrad instructor Christopher Sims, opened at the Sumter County Gallery of Art in South Carolina. The show, which will be up through January 3, features images from Theater of War: The Pretend Villages of Iraq and Afghanistan, Sims’s series […]


CDS Audio Director John Biewen on the Broadcast Anniversary of “Little War on the Prairie”

CDS Audio Director John Biewen on the Broadcast Anniversary of "Little War on the Prairie"

“This may be the best episode of this radio show, ever.” “Unbelievably good and astonishingly tragic. I stood in my kitchen for an hour listening, fascinated, furious, and gut-punched.” These are just a few of the hundreds of comments received by the radio program This American Life following the November 2012 broadcast of Little War on […]


Hillside High Marching Hornets Star in “One Band Indivisible”; Fresh Docs Screenings on November 30

Hillside High Marching Hornets Star in "One Band Indivisible"; Fresh Docs Screenings on November 30

Next up in the Fresh Docs film series is the Durham premiere of One Band Indivisible, about the famous marching band at Hillside, a historically African-American high school in Durham, North Carolina. Rhonda Klevansky’s film follows the musical paths of four Hillside students through hot summer band camps, early morning practices, auditions, half-time performances, and street parades—and the […]


Full Frame Accepting Applications for Programming and Production Interns

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is accepting applications for spring internships (college credit available) in two departments in anticipation of the upcoming festival, April 3–6, 2014, in Durham, North Carolina. Programming interns will become familiar with the submission and selection processes, obtaining an overall view of how festival content is determined and exhibited. Applicants […]


“The Icon Industry”: Exhibit Curated by MFA|EDA Student Caitlin M. Kelly Explores Images of Human Rights

"The Icon Industry": Exhibit Curated by MFA|EDA Student Caitlin M. Kelly Explores Images of Human Rights

Duke University MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts candidate and Kenan Graduate Arts Fellow Caitlin M. Kelly has curated an exhibit that explores, critiques, and celebrates the notion of the iconic image in human rights issues. The Icon Industry: The Visual Economy of Human Rights features work from six students at Duke and the University of […]


Watch: Video on Kristin Bedford’s Photo Exhibit, “Be Still: A Storefront Church in Durham”

Watch: Video on Kristin Bedford's Photo Exhibit, "Be Still: A Storefront Church in Durham"

“Sometimes in the stillness, is when God speaks to us.” —Pastor Lonnie Dubois, Apostolic Deliverance Rebirth Outreach Ministries Center for Documentary Studies digital arts and publishing intern Tory Jeffay created a video about Be Still: A Storefront Church in Durham, an exhibit by MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts candidate Kristin Bedford. Scroll down to watch. Be […]


Read: Interview with David Dufresne, Creator of Upcoming Interactive Documentary Game “Fort McMoney”

Read: Interview with David Dufresne, Creator of Upcoming Interactive Documentary Game "Fort McMoney"

A much-anticipated interactive documentary game about the Canadian oil industry will launch on November 25. Coproduced by the National Film Board of Canada and Toxa, a Montreal-based media company, Fort McMoney will give players the power to decide the (virtual) future of Fort McMurray, a real oil-boom town in Alberta, Canada at the heart of the world’s energy […]


FOTOFLIC Event in Downtown Durham: Local Photographers Respond to “Tiksi,” November 21

FOTOFLIC Event in Downtown Durham: Local Photographers Respond to "Tiksi," November 21

IndyWeek art critic Chris Vitiello has organized FOTOFLIC, an event at the Carrack gallery in downtown Durham inspired by the photography of Evgenia Arbugaeva, whose acclaimed Tiksi series (click link for slideshow) is on view at the Center for Documentary Studies through January 11, 2014. Given less than a week, local photographers were challenged to create a portfolio […]


Visiting Artist Cheryl Dunn to Screen Street Photography Doc “Everybody Street,” November 20

Visiting Artist Cheryl Dunn to Screen Street Photography Doc "Everybody Street," November 20

Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts is proud to welcome visiting artist Cheryl Dunn to campus November 19–21. Along with visiting classes and participating in critique sessions, the acclaimed photographer will give a public screening of her street photography documentary, Everybody Street, followed by a Q&A. Scroll down for trailer. Everybody Street Wednesday, November […]


Submissions Open for Alice Fest 2016

Submissions Open for Alice Fest 2016

Submissions are now being accepted for the fifth annual Alice Fest, a film festival held in recognition of Women’s History Month that showcases curated and submitted work by women, with a special emphasis on women’s history and achievements. Works include short documentary films, experimental films, animation, multimedia projects, and documentary works-in-progress. This year’s festival will be […]


Third Fridays at the Full Frame Theater: Free Screening of “Medora,” November 15

Third Fridays at the Full Frame Theater: Free Screening of "Medora," November 15

Wrapping up this year’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival‘s Third Friday series is the acclaimed feature documentary Medora, directed by Davy Rothbart and Andrew Cohn. The 2011 Medora Hornets high school basketball team was riding an epic losing streak when the filmmakers arrived, and the players’ struggle to compete bears eerie resonances with the Indiana town’s fight […]


“Documenting the Arab Spring”: Photojournalist David Degner to Speak at Duke November 12–13

"Documenting the Arab Spring": Photojournalist David Degner to Speak at Duke November 12–13

Acclaimed Middle Eastern–based photojournalist David Degner will visit Duke University to talk about his work at two public events and to speak to undergraduates and students in the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program. The freelance photographer has been based in Egypt for the past three years, living a block from Cairo’s Tahrir Square; […]


Spring 2014: Three New Undergraduate Classes in Documentary Studies

We are excited to announce three brand new undergraduate courses debuting this spring at the Center for Documentary Studies. Taught by CDS director Wesley Hogan, writer in residence Duncan Murrell, and visiting artist Mike Wiley, the classes highlight a diverse range of documentary inquiry. Read descriptions of the courses and watch preview videos below. Learn more […]


Reception and Artist’s Talk Celebrates Evgenia Arbugaeva’s “Tiksi” Exhibit, November 14

Reception and Artist's Talk Celebrates Evgenia Arbugaeva's "Tiksi" Exhibit, November 14

A reception and artist’s talk with photographer Evgenia Arbugaeva will celebrate her exhibit Tiksi, the acclaimed series of photographs from Arbugaeva’s hometown on Siberia’s Arctic Coast currently on view at the Center for Documentary Studies. View a slideshow of images below. Arbugaeva is in residence this fall at Duke University through a program administered by the Magnum Foundation Emergency […]


Student Photos from Literacy Through Photography in Arusha, Tanzania, at the Durham County Library

On Saturday, November 16, a reception for an exhibit of photographs taken by students in Arusha, Tanzania, will be held at the main branch of the Durham County Library. The works are part of Literacy through Photography, an innovative arts and education program at the Center for Documentary Studies that challenges children to photograph scenes […]


Watch Slideshow Interview: Gerard H. Gaskin on Winning the First Book Prize in Photography

Watch Slideshow Interview: Gerard H. Gaskin on Winning the First Book Prize in Photography

The CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography is a prestigious biennial prize awarded by the Center for Documentary Studies and the Honickman Foundation. This video slideshow features an interview with the most recent First Book Prize winner, Gerard H. Gaskin, and images from his twenty-year project on the house ball scene. In the interview, Gaskin describes the project, the experience of […]


Photographer/Writer Jen Kinney Wins 2013 Lange-Taylor Prize

Photographer/Writer Jen Kinney Wins 2013 Lange-Taylor Prize

The Center for Documentary Studies has awarded the twenty-first Lange–Taylor Prize to American photographer and writer Jen Kinney for “City Under One Roof,” her ongoing project in Whittier, Alaska. Whittier is a tiny town on Alaska’s Prince William Sound that is only accessible by land through the longest rail and highway tunnel in North America, where […]


Submissions Open for Alice Fest 2014

Submissions Open for Alice Fest 2014

Submissions are now being accepted for the third annual Alice Fest, a film festival held in recognition of Women’s History Month that showcases curated and submitted work by women, with a special emphasis on women’s history and achievements. Works include short documentary films, experimental films, animation, multimedia projects, and documentary works-in-progress. This year’s festival will […]