Archive for February, 2014

Upcoming Classes Explore Audio Documentary and Writing Memoir

Upcoming Classes Explore  Audio Documentary and Writing Memoir

Spaces remain in three Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education classes. For more information, and to register, click the class links below. Other than One Voice, which will be held online, classes are at CDS; for directions, click here. One Voice: Constructing a Narrative (Phoebe Judge) Wednesdays, March 5–April 9, 7–9 p.m. NOTE: This is an online class. […]


Event on March 5 with Al Letson, Host of Public Radio’s “State of the Re:Union”

Event on March 5 with Al Letson, Host of Public Radio's "State of the Re:Union"

Al Letson, host of the popular NPR/PRX radio show State of the Re:Union, will discuss the show and share audio and video clips in a public talk, “A More Perfect Union,” sponsored by the Center for Documentary Studies. The Public Radio Talent Quest Winner will also incorporate  performance elements from his other lives as an actor and poetry slam […]


POSTPONED: Screening and Conversation with Renowned Filmmaker Raoul Peck

POSTPONED: Screening and Conversation with Renowned Filmmaker Raoul Peck

Note: Due to weather concerns, these two events scheduled for March 3 and 4 have been postponed; stay tuned for rescheduling updates. Duke University’s Forum for Scholars and Publics is hosting two events—a screening and a lunchtime conversation—with award-winning Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck; both are free and open to the public. Screening of Fatal Assistance Monday, March 3, […]


Fresh Docs Screening of “Concerto for Two Brothers” on March 28 at CDS

Fresh Docs Screening of "Concerto for Two Brothers" on March 28 at CDS

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund present a free work-in-progress screening of a feature documentary by North Carolina filmmaker Cristina Cassidy at the March installment of the Fresh Docs series. Concerto for Two Brothers explores the difficult childhoods of two brothers and the parental urge to push gifted children to perfection. Both Christopher Rex, a cellist, and Charles […]


Upcoming Continuing Education Classes: Toy Camera and Hindenburg Workshops

Upcoming Continuing Education Classes: Toy Camera and Hindenburg Workshops

Spaces remain in two unique CDS Continuing Education workshops. For more information, and to register, click the class links below; classes are held at the Center for Documentary Studies: Toy Camera Workshop (Bryce Lankard) Saturdays, March 1 & 8, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mondays, March 3 & 10, from 7–9 p.m. Toy cameras are simple and […]


“The Searchers” Looks at JFK Assassination Investigators; Fresh Docs Screening on February 28

"The Searchers" Looks at JFK Assassination Investigators; Fresh Docs Screening on February 28

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund present a work-in-progress screening of The Searchers as part of the Fresh Docs film series. The locally-produced feature film by Randolph Benson is about a small number of U.S. citizens who, without recognition and in spite of frequent ridicule, have dedicated their lives to researching the assassination of President John F. Kennedy […]


Deadline Extended for 2014 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Photography: March 1

Deadline Extended for 2014 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Photography: March 1

The CDS Documentary Essay Prize honors the best in documentary writing and photography in alternating years, with a focus on current or recently completed work from a long-term project. The 2014 CDS Documentary Essay Prize will be for documentary photography. The winner of the competition will receive $3,000 and have his or her work featured in […]


Free Screening of Duke Alum Sabrina Lee’s Acclaimed “Not Yet Begun to Fight,” February 20

Free Screening of Duke Alum Sabrina Lee's Acclaimed "Not Yet Begun to Fight," February 20

“It stuns.” (Village Voice) “A lyrical meditation on nature and war.” (LA Times). Duke alum Sabrina Lee (’91) will screen her award-winning documentary exploring the human cost of combat, Not Yet Begun to Fight, during Duke Women’s Weekend, and participate in a post-screening Q&A moderated by Center for Documentary Studies director Wesley Hogan. (Scroll down for trailer.) Thursday, February […]


E. Patrick Johnson’s “Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South” at the Durham Arts Council

E. Patrick Johnson's "Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South" at the Durham Arts Council

A don’t-miss event: Author and actor E. Patrick Johnson will be performing his acclaimed “one-man exploration,” Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South, at the Durham Arts Council‘s PSI Theatre this month (February 13–22). Click here for for Sweet Tea performance dates, ticket purchases, and information on related events, including post-show conversations with Duke professor Mark Anthony Neal, editor of […]


Apply Now for Upcoming Weekend Workshops: Sonic ID and DSLR Video

Apply Now for Upcoming Weekend Workshops: Sonic ID and DSLR Video

The Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education program offers a full range of multi-week courses, weekend workshops, online courses, and summer institutes. These two classes are starting soon and filling up fast. For more information on the classes and instructors, and to register, click the class links below; classes are held at the Center for Documentary Studies: Sonic […]


Ethics Film Series Explores the New South with “Junebug” on February 18

Ethics Film Series Explores the New South with "Junebug" on February 18

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 films that grapple with the realities of southern life and the tensions between social progress and persistent inequalities. Screenings and post-film discussions are free and open to the […]


Watch: “North Carolina’s School-to-Prison Pipeline” Student-Produced Video

This short documentary 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 justice systems. The documentary was produced in association with the new organization […]


Exhibit of Myra Greene’s Racial Identity Portraits,”My White Friends,” Now on View at CDS

Exhibit of Myra Greene's Racial Identity Portraits,"My White Friends," Now on View at CDS

Myra Greene has often used the human body—primarily black and brown ones, often her own—to explore issues of difference, beauty, and memory. In conversations with white friends, she realized that they had very different notions of racial identity than her own; in one pivotal exchange, a friend remarked that he really didn’t think about whiteness. […]


Event Celebrates Duke/CDS Alum Eric Gottesman’s First Photo Book, “Sudden Flowers”

Event Celebrates Duke/CDS Alum Eric Gottesman's First Photo Book, "Sudden Flowers"

On February 26, the Center for Documentary Studies is delighted to host the U.S. launch of Duke University/CDS alum (’98) Eric Gottesman’s first book, Sudden Flowers. Since 1999, when he was a fellow with Duke’s Hart Leadership Program, Gottesman has collaborated with Sudden Flowers, a collective of children living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia—mostly AIDS orphans—to reimagine the harsh realities they experienced […]


Triangle-Area Undergrads: Submissions Open for John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards

Triangle-Area Undergrads: Submissions Open for John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards

Established in 1989 by the Center for Documentary Studies, the John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards are named for the noted scholar John Hope Franklin, the late professor emeritus of history at Duke University, in recognition of his lifetime accomplishments and his dedication to students and teaching. CDS makes these awards to undergraduates attending North Carolina’s Triangle-area […]


Duke Undergrads: Apply Now for the 2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Fellows Program

Duke Undergrads: Apply Now for the 2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Fellows Program

Duke University undergraduates have the unique opportunity to join other students from schools across the country in the Fellows Program of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina, from Thursday, April 3, through Sunday, April 6, 2014. Applications are due at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2014. The Full Frame Fellows Program is aimed […]


Register Now for Continuing Ed Classes: The Elements of Effective Photographs and Introduction to Audio Documentary Workshop

Register Now for Continuing Ed Classes: The Elements of Effective Photographs and Introduction to Audio Documentary Workshop

The Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education program offers a full range of multi-week courses, weekend workshops, online courses, and summer institutes. These two classes are starting soon and filling up fast. For more information on the classes and instructors, and to register, click the class links below; classes are held at the Center for Documentary Studies: […]


Mark Your Calendar: Full Frame Passes Go On Sale February 5

Mark Your Calendar: Full Frame Passes Go On Sale February 5

Mark your calendars! Four types of passes for the 2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (held this year April 3–6, in Durham, North Carolina) will go on sale on Wednesday, February 5. To purchase, go to the Full Frame store on the Duke University Box Office website or call the Box Office at 919-684-4444, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-6 […]


“Which Way is the Front Line From Here?” Closes Full Frame’s Winter Series

"Which Way is the Front Line From Here?" Closes Full Frame's Winter Series

On February 6, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will screen the final film in their annual Winter Series—Sebastian Junger’s Which Way Is the Front Line From Here?: The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington, which traces the celebrated photojournalist’s work across the world’s battlefields. Shortly after the release of Hetherington and Junger’s documentary Restrepo, which won the Special Jury Prize […]


2014–15 Lewis Hine Program Offers Two Documentary Fellowships in New York City Area; February 28 Deadline

2014–15 Lewis Hine Program Offers Two Documentary Fellowships in New York City Area; February 28 Deadline

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014–15 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program at the Center for Documentary Studies. Founded on the spirit, values, and actions of photographer Lewis Hine, the program connects the talents of young documentarians with the resources and needs of organizations in the United States that seek creative solutions to the problems faced by women, young […]