Archive for January, 2014

“Tobacco Comes to Town” Exhibit on Duke Campus Features FSA Photographs from Durham

"Tobacco Comes to Town" Exhibit on Duke Campus Features FSA Photographs from Durham

“Tobacco Comes to Town”: Farm Security Administration Photographs, Durham, 1936–40 features images made during the Depression in and around Durham County, North Carolina, by four of the Farm Security Administration’s most prolific and influential photographers–Jack Delano, Dorothea Lange, Arthur Rothstein, and Marion Post Wolcott. The FSA employed documentary photography to communicate the realities of the moment as well as […]


“Deborah Stratman: Speculative Terrains” Exhibit on View at the Power Plant Gallery Through February 28

"Deborah Stratman: Speculative Terrains" Exhibit on View at the Power Plant Gallery Through February 28

A new exhibit at the Power Plant Gallery, Deborah Stratman: Speculative Terrains, examines both rural and urban landscapes through lenses of history, science, and mythology. The show features a range of work—photography, video, and installation—by the award-winning artist and filmmaker that explores how places, ideas, and the undercurrents of society are intertwined. Stratman will be a Visiting […]


Full Frame Winter Series Continues with “The Crash Reel” on January 30

Full Frame Winter Series Continues with "The Crash Reel" on January 30

Following last week’s screening of Cutie and the Boxer, next up in the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival’s annual Winter Series is two-time Academy Award–nominee Lucy Walker’s The Crash Reel, which tells the story of pro snowboarder Kevin Pearce’s remarkable recovery after suffering a traumatic brain injury while training to compete at the 2010 Winter Olympics.  Thursday, […]


Duke/CDS Alum Ryan White Wins the Sundance Film Festival’s Documentary Directing Award

Duke/CDS Alum Ryan White Wins the Sundance Film Festival's Documentary Directing Award

Big congratulations are in order for Duke University alum Ryan White (’04) and Ben Cotner, who won the Directing Award / U.S. Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival for The Case Against 8. White and Cotner’s film follows the legal battle to defeat California’s Proposition 8, which revoked same-sex marriage rights in the state. Following the plaintiffs’ […]


New Winter 2014 Issue of “Document” Available Online

New Winter 2014 Issue of “Document” Available Online

The quarterly publication Document features some of the best documentary work supported and produced by the Center for Documentary Studies. The latest issue is now available online; scroll down to view. Highlights in the Winter 2014 issue include work by Documentary Essay and Lange-Taylor prizewinners Rachel Andrews and Jen Kinney, remarks by Full Frame director Deirdre Haj, updates from John […]


Register Now for Upcoming Continuing Ed Classes in the Documentary Arts

Register Now for Upcoming Continuing Ed Classes in the Documentary Arts

The Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education program offers a full range of multi-week courses, weekend workshops, online courses, and summer institutes. The upcoming spring classes are filling up fast! For more information on the classes and instructors, and to register, click the class links below: Documentary and the Three-Act Structure (also offered online) (Joshua Dasal) Saturday, February […]


We Are The Future: Gary Hawkins in Rotterdam, Dispatch #2

We Are The Future: Gary Hawkins in Rotterdam, Dispatch #2

Walking the streets of Amsterdam, I was struck by a certain sameness to the layout. Row houses on gridded blocks with waterways dividing the streets, and on the waterways, houseboats. Once cargo ships, they were converted to residencies during a decades-old, housing shortage. Nowadays they’re rooms for rent. Everything is old and lovely. And everything […]


From the Archive: The Negatives of Hugh Mangum

From the Archive: The Negatives of Hugh Mangum

This post is the first in a new series that takes a closer look at specific holdings of the Archive of Documentary Arts, which is part of Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The archive works closely with the Center for Documentary Studies and has been collecting work generated by CDS for almost […]


Screening of Student-Produced Video “North Carolina’s School-to-Prison Pipeline,” January 23

Screening of Student-Produced Video "North Carolina's School-to-Prison Pipeline," January 23

A  new short video produced by undergraduates in the Fall 2013 Video for Social Change course taught at the Center for Documentary Studies is a vivid portrayal of the devastating effects of laws, policies, and practices that push youth out of school and into the juvenile and criminal systems. An event on January 23 will feature a […]


“Cutie and the Boxer” Kicks Off the Full Frame Winter Series, January 23

"Cutie and the Boxer" Kicks Off the Full Frame Winter Series, January 23

The three acclaimed documentaries in this year’s Full Frame Winter Series all screened at the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The annual series takes place in Fletcher Hall at the historic Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham, North Carolina. Doors open at 7 p.m. and screenings begin at 7:30 p.m., no tickets required. First come, first served, no tickets […]


2014 Ethics Film Series Explores the South with Four Acclaimed Films

2014 Ethics Film Series Explores the South with Four Acclaimed Films

The annual Ethics Film Series at Duke University provides popular and accessible vehicles for talking about ethics around a particular theme. The 2014 installment explores the idea of a “New South,” featuring four acclaimed films from the past decade that grapple with the realities of southern life and the tensions between social and cultural progress and persistent inequalities—Moving Midway, Junebug, deepsouth, and Beasts […]


Fresh Docs Screening of “Curious Worlds: The Art and Imagination of David Beck,” January 24

Fresh Docs Screening of "Curious Worlds: The Art and Imagination of David Beck," January 24

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are excited to present a work-in-progress screening of a feature documentary by local filmmaker Olympia Stone at the January installment of the Fresh Docs series. Curious Worlds: The Art and Imagination of David Beck follows the career of a unique artist, exploring his life in the […]


January 31, 2014: Application Deadline for Fall Admission to the MFA in Experimental & Documentary Arts Program

January 31, 2014: Application Deadline for Fall Admission to the MFA in Experimental & Documentary Arts Program

Duke University welcomes applications for Fall 2014 to its MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts (MFA|EDA), a groundbreaking interdisciplinary arts program that seeks applicants from across the arts spectrum, whether based in traditional fine arts such as painting, sculpture, documentary arts, writing, photography, and film, or so-called experimental practice such as computational and new media, sound work, performance, […]


Listen: Short Pieces from the Intro to Audio Documentary Class

Listen: Short Pieces from the Intro to Audio Documentary Class

Each undergrad and grad student in the fall 2013 Intro to Audio Documentary class, taught by Center for Documentary Studies audio director John Biewen, produced three audio pieces on a variety of themes. Some of the pieces tell stories that explore the role of sports in American society. Others were responses to past Third Coast ShortDocs challenges. Still others were on on a theme of […]


Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt (and an Interactive Documentary)

Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt (and an Interactive Documentary)

A new interactive documentary project from National Public Radio’s Planet Money show sheds light on the hidden narratives behind a ubiquitous part of everyday life—the humble T-shirt. With the book The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy by Georgetown professor Pietra Rivoli as their guide, the Planet Money team embarked on a journey from the cotton […]


William Greider on “The Politics of Money: In Search of Democracy,” January 17

William Greider on "The Politics of Money: In Search of Democracy," January 17

Legendary writer/activist William Greider will speak at Duke University’s Kenan Institute for Ethics on “The Politics of Money: In Search of Democracy.” During a forty-year career writing for The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and now The Nation as its national affairs correspondent, Greider has focused on politics and economics, advocating for greater government transparency and accountability. Friday, January 17, […]


View/Listen: Final Projects from Fall 2013 Continuing Education Certificate Recipients

Jim Adams | Gaining Balance | Audio Jim Adams’ audio project was born out of his struggle to make sense of a deep personal loss. The piece was created from interviews with his brother,  father, and his own audio journals. Adams grew up in a small town in Indiana, and studied at the University of Indianapolis and Purdue University. […]


Final Week for Evgenia Arbugaeva’s Acclaimed “Tiksi” Series: Photographs from Siberia’s Arctic Coast

Final Week for Evgenia Arbugaeva's Acclaimed "Tiksi" Series: Photographs from Siberia's Arctic Coast

An exhibit of photographs by Evgenia Arbugaeva—images from her hometown of Tiksi, a remote port town on Siberia’s Arctic coast—will close on Saturday, January 11, following a popular four-month run at the Center for Documentary Studies. Click here for more information and to view a slideshow of images. The photographer received a Magnum Foundation Emergency […]