Archive for March, 2014

Free Screening: Jury Selections for Outstanding Duke Student Films of 2013

Free Screening: Jury Selections for Outstanding Duke Student Films of 2013

Duke University’s Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI) presents its annual Student Film Awards Screening, showcasing jury-selected Duke student films of 2o13. The lineup (scroll down) includes works by four students from the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts—Aaron Kutnick, John Rash, Brooke Shuman, and Alina Taalman—and former John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Award […]


Online Workshops and Courses in the Documentary Arts

Online Workshops and Courses in the Documentary Arts

The Center for Documentary Studies is offering a growing roster of online classes through our Continuing Education program. Many classes—which meet at scheduled times via video conferencing—also involve a blog or discussion forum where students can contribute, ask questions, and solicit feedback between sessions. (We’ve also instituted a distance track for the Certificate in Documentary […]


MFA|EDA Thesis Exhibition Is a Month-Long Series of Events Around Durham

MFA|EDA Thesis Exhibition Is a Month-Long Series of Events Around Durham

The thesis exhibition of this year’s graduating class from Duke’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts, MFA | EDA 2014, includes a range of media, from installation and performance to film and photography. After a wonderful kickoff event on March 21, MFA | EDA 2014 is continuing throughout March and April with openings and events at […]


Reading and Book Signing with Krista Bremer, author of “My Accidental Jihad”

Reading and Book Signing with Krista Bremer, author of "My Accidental Jihad"

The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to host writer Krista Bremer at an event co-sponsored by Arts & Health at Duke and the Regulator Bookshop. Following a reception, Bremer will read from her forthcoming memoir, My Accidental Jihad (Algonquin Books), which is based on her Pushcart Prize–winning essay of the same name. There will be a post-reading Q&A discussion moderated by CDS […]


Pete Seeger, the Folk Revival, and the Old Made New: A “Musical Conversation” on March 24

Pete Seeger, the Folk Revival, and the Old Made New: A "Musical Conversation" on March 24

The Center for Documentary Studies is co-sponsoring a lunchtime conversation and concert with John Cohen, the Down Hill Strugglers, and Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton to celebrate the legacy of Pete Seeger and the ongoing vitality of American folk music. The event is free and open to the public; lunch will be served. Monday, March 24, 12:00–1:30 […]


Full Frame 2014 App Now Available for iOS and Android

Full Frame 2014 App Now Available for iOS and Android

Good news for Full Frame Documentary Film Festival–goers: The Full Frame 2014 app for iOS and Android is now available–if you already have the 2013 version installed, it should update automatically. The app is free and available for download in the App Store or Google Play. The Full Frame app allows you to view all the films screening at this […]


Register Now! The Art of Documentary Photography and Writing the Documentary Script

Register Now! The Art of Documentary Photography and Writing the Documentary Script

  Spaces remain in several upcoming Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education classes. For more information, and to register, click the class links below; classes are held at CDS. Writing the Documentary Script (Joshua Dasal) Saturday, March 22, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. To create a documentary that’s coherent in post-production, you need a coherent pre-production process. One of […]


From the Archive: Remembering Frank Espada

From the Archive: Remembering Frank Espada

This post is part of a 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 houses photography and moving image materials related to human rights, social change, occupational culture, migration, race and ethnicity, gender, the […]


Full Frame 2014 Thematic Program and Tribute Lineups Announced

Full Frame 2014 Thematic Program and Tribute Lineups Announced

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced its full list of Full Frame Tribute and Thematic Program films for the 2014 festival, April 3–6 in Durham, North Carolina. Full Frame is proud to screen a collection of Tribute honoree Steve James‘s films over the course of the festival. Some of James’s subjects featured in […]


Ethics Film Series Continues with “deepsouth” on March 18

Ethics Film Series Continues with “deepsouth” on March 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 […]


Crowd-Sourced Photography Project Looks at Appalachia 50 Years After the War on Poverty

Crowd-Sourced Photography Project Looks at Appalachia 50 Years After the War on Poverty

In the sixties, President Lyndon Johnson made Appalachia a primary target in his War on Poverty. Photographs that ran in magazines such as Life painted a desolate picture of a poverty-torn region, dirty children playing in dilapidated shacks. A half-century later, photographer, blogger, and CDS Certificate in Documentary Arts student Roger May is spearheading a […]


Student-Produced Traveling Exhibit: “Trying To Get By” Tells Stories of NC Workers

Trying to Get By: [Not] Making Ends Meet in North Carolina is a multimedia documentary exhibit produced by Duke University undergraduate students enrolled in “Video For Social Change,” a special topics course taught by Bruce Orenstein at the Center for Documentary Studies. A showcase featuring these student-produced short documentaries telling the stories of NC workers confronting […]


Spring 2014 Issue of “Document” Now Available Online

Spring 2014 Issue of “Document” Now 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 Spring 2014 issue include work from Myra Greene’s photography exhibit My White Friends, the MFA|EDA Class of 2014 thesis exhibition, updates on our new undergraduate classes, and […]


Carrie Mae Weems Lecture at the Nasher Museum, March 6

Carrie Mae Weems Lecture at the Nasher Museum, March 6

Renowned artist Carrie Mae Weems will give this year’s Rothschild Lecture at Duke’s Nasher Museum of Art. A star in the contemporary art world known for powerful and provocative photographs and videos, Weems has worked in both documentary and autobiographical photography over her thirty-year career, creating works that invite contemplation of race, gender, and class. She has said […]


Full Frame 2014 Announces Complete Lineup, Including Opening Night Film

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced its Invited Program and NEW DOCS lineup of new feature and short films, including Doug Block’s 112 Weddings, which will have its world premiere as the Opening Night Film on Thursday, April 3. Click here for a full list of films with brief descriptions. Specific screening times and venues […]


March 9: Third Annual Alice Fest Celebrates Films “By Women, for Everyone”

In recognition of Women’s History Month, the third annual Alice Fest film festival showcases curated and submitted works by women with a special emphasis on women’s history and achievements. Alice Fest screens short documentaries, experimental films, documentary works-in-progress, animation, and multimedia projects. The 2014 lineup for shorts and works-in-progress has been announced. FREE and open to the […]


2014 Full Frame Tribute and Thematic Programs Announced

2014 Full Frame Tribute and Thematic Programs Announced

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced its annual Thematic Program, which will look at the role of the subject in documentary through a series of films curated by esteemed filmmaker Lucy Walker, and Full Frame Tribute, which will celebrate the work of award-winning filmmaker Steve James with a retrospective series of his work. Both Walker […]