Archive for April, 2014

Exhibits by CDS Lecturing Fellow Christopher Sims Open in Three Venues Across the South

Exhibits by CDS Lecturing Fellow Christopher Sims Open in Three Venues Across the South

Center for Documentary Studies Lecturing Fellow Christopher Sims has been invited to show work in three photography exhibitions this spring: Christopher Sims: Theater of War Alexandria Museum of Art 933 Second Street, Alexandria, Louisiana April 3–May 24, 2014 With roundtable discussion April 3 with curator Charles Chamberlain on “Blue, Gray, and Black: A Legacy of […]


Now Online: “Vanishing Point, Vol. II: Songs of Living and Dying”

Now Online: "Vanishing Point, Vol. II: Songs of Living and Dying"

Walden Pond, a Muslim poet, a birth in Mali, a talkative stranger, songs of Sudan, queens, karaoke, and butchers . . . it’s all there in the second issue of Vanishing Point. The digital documentary magazine is produced by Duke University students in a Documentary Publishing course taught by Center for Documentary Studies writer-in-residence Duncan Murrell. […]


Interview with Steve James, 2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Tribute Honoree

Interview with Steve James, 2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Tribute Honoree

“Twenty years ago, a thirty-minute short intended for television evolved into a nearly three-hour-long film, and Steve James made documentary history,” wrote Full Frame Documentary Film Festival programming director Sadie Tillery in the 2014 festival program. Hoop Dreams went on to win every major critics’ prize; the director and producer’s other award-winning films include Stevie, Reel Paradise, […]


Certificate in Documentary Arts Graduates Present Final Projects, April 25

Certificate in Documentary Arts Graduates Present Final Projects, April 25

Six Continuing Education students at the Center for Documentary Studies will graduate this spring from the Certificate in Documentary Arts program, having completed a structured sequence of courses culminating with a Final Seminar taught by folklorist and filmmaker Nancy Kalow. They will present their final projects and receive their certificates at a graduation event at the Full Frame Theater, […]


2014 Certificate in Documentary Studies Graduates Present Capstone Projects

On April 27, eight Duke University students graduating with a Certificate in Documentary Studies—a program that attracts undergraduates to the Center for Documentary Studies from across the arts and sciences—will present their final projects to the public and receive their certificates, followed by a celebratory BBQ. Congratulations to William Baumgartner, Danzhou Duojie, Adrienne Harreveld, Jordan Imbrey, Katia Griffin-Jakymec, David Mayer, Natalie Robles, and Yvette Vasquez. […]


Free Screening of “In My Mind” at Art of Cool Music Festival, April 26

Free Screening of "In My Mind" at Art of Cool Music Festival, April 26

In My Mind, called “a masterpiece of music documentary craft” by Slant magazine, was directed by Center for Documentary Studies instructor Gary Hawkins; it was filmed as part of his Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking Course in the spring of 2009, with students participating in the shooting. The feature documentary will screen as part of the 2014 Art of Cool Festival in […]


Words + Images: Deadline for Lange-Taylor Prize Extended to May 14

The Lange-Taylor Prize, re-launched in 2013 by the Center for Documentary Studies, supports documentary artists—working alone or in teams—who are involved in extended, ongoing fieldwork projects that rely on and exploit, in intriguing and effective ways, the interplay of words and images in the creation and presentation of their work. The deadline for submissions has been extended to May 14, […]


Events with Photographers Vincent Cianni and Mariette Pathy Allen

Events with Photographers Vincent Cianni and Mariette Pathy Allen

Duke University’s Archive of Documentary Arts has partnered with the Center for Documentary Studies, Daylight Books, the Sallie Bingham Center, and SPECTRE Arts to bring documentary photographers Vincent Cianni and Mariette Pathy Allen to Durham for a series of talks, presentations, and conversations, April 23–25 (see below), culminating with a book signing and exhibition of […]


Too-Good-Not-to-Share Pop-Up Show by Photography Workshop Students, April 18

Too-Good-Not-to-Share Pop-Up Show by Photography Workshop Students, April 18

Duke University undergrads in instructor MJ Sharp’s Photography Workshop at the Center for Documentary Studies are putting on a pop-up show in the Duke Arts Annex featuring a selection of work from their final porfolios. A web gallery of sample work is available here. “These students have really delved deep this semester, and I’m really proud of […]


“Here Comes Everybody”: Teju Cole to Give Kenan Distinguished Lecture in Ethics

"Here Comes Everybody": Teju Cole to Give Kenan Distinguished Lecture in Ethics

Duke University’s annual Kenan Distinguished Lecture in Ethics brings a distinguished speaker to campus to address moral issues of broad social and cultural significance. The 2014 Kenan Distinguished Lecturer will be Teju Cole, author of the PEN/Hemingway Award winning novel Open City. Cole is a writer, art historian, photographer, and Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College. Thursday, April 24, 7:30 […]


Home Movie Day Durham 2014, April 19 at CDS

Join celebrated film archivist Skip Elsheimer, founder of A/V Geeks, as he hosts Home Movie Day Durham 2014 at the Center for Documentary Studies. Home Movie Day is an annual worldwide celebration of amateur films and filmmaking held at numerous local venues around the globe—people convene to meet local film archivists, find out about the long-term benefits of film versus video and […]


Fresh Docs Screening of “The Passing Game,” April 18

Fresh Docs Screening of "The Passing Game," April 18

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are delighted to present a work-in-progress screening of a feature documentary by filmmaker Phil Wall at the April installment of the Fresh Docs series; films in the series are free and open to the public. The Passing Game is Wall’s film on Fletcher Arritt, one of the greatest basketball […]


Darius Clark Monroe Wins 2014 CDS Filmmaker Award at Full Frame Festival

Darius Clark Monroe Wins 2014 CDS Filmmaker Award at Full Frame Festival

The CDS Filmmaker Award was among ten awards given to films screening in competition at the seventeenth annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in April 2014; the $7,500 prize honors and supports documentary filmmakers whose works are potential catalysts for education and change, who best connect the power of the documentary tradition with community life, and […]


Nature Photographer James Balog to Receive Duke LEAF Award

Nature Photographer James Balog to Receive Duke LEAF Award

Award-winning nature photographer James Balog, who was featured in the acclaimed documentary Chasing Ice and has exhibited work in more than a hundred museums and galleries worldwide, will be on campus to receive the 2014 Duke LEAF Award for Lifetime Environmental Achievement in the Fine Arts on Saturday, April 12. Saturday, April 12, 2 p.m. […]


Duke Students Launch Digital “Vanishing Point: The Documentary Magazine”

Duke Students Launch Digital "Vanishing Point: The Documentary Magazine"

A new digital magazine created by Duke University undergraduates at the Center for Documentary Studies aims to present “the best of the best” student documentary work, says Documentary Publishing instructor Duncan Murrell. From editing to design to promotion, Vanishing Point is a purely student-run publication that will feature work in a variety of documentary forms—audio, […]


Student-Produced Video Will Screen at the Lumbee River Independent Film Festival

Student-Produced Video Will Screen at the Lumbee River Independent Film Festival

On April 10, the documentary short “Lakota John: the Next Generation,” produced by Center for Documentary Studies undergraduates Stephanie Chen, Emily Mendenhall, and Nikki Whang in a spring 2013 course, will be screened at the 2014 Lumbee River Independent Film Festival. The students were introduced to John Lakota Locklear, a 17-year-old Native American blues artist, […]


Sisters in Cinema: Yvonne Welbon on Her Archive of African American Women’s Media Production

Sisters in Cinema: Yvonne Welbon on Her Archive of African American Women's Media Production

At an event on April 15, Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellow Yvonne Welbon will speak about the origins and present some of the contents of her Sisters in Cinema archive, likely one of the largest single collections of African American women’s media production in the United States. Tuesday, April 15, 12 p.m. Center for Documentary Studies auditorium 1317 […]


Submit to THE FENCE Photo Competition

Submit to THE FENCE Photo Competition

THE FENCE, is a photo competition and summer-long, outdoor exhibition that invites photographers from around the world to explore and define the meaning of community across cultural boundaries and geographical lines. Now in its third year, THE FENCE returns to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Greenway and Rose F. Kennedy Greenway in Boston and adds a […]


“Beasts of the Southern Wild” Wraps up 2014 Ethics Film Series

"Beasts of the Southern Wild" Wraps up 2014 Ethics Film Series

This year’s Ethics Film Series at Duke University explores the idea of a “New South,” featuring documentary and narrative 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 public; refreshments and parking passes are provided. Monday, April 14, 7 p.m. Griffith […]


“One Place” Exhibit Opens at the Crealdé School of Art

An exhibit of photographs from the book One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia will be on view at the Crealdé School of Art  in Winter Park, Florida, through June 29, 2014. At an opening event on April 4, editor Tom Rankin will give a talk and sign copies […]


Reception and Artist’s Talk with “My White Friends” Photographer Myra Greene

Reception and Artist's Talk with "My White Friends" Photographer Myra Greene

The Center for Documentary Studies will host Myra Greene at an event for the exhibit My White Friends, the photographer’s series of “racial identity portraits” in which her subjects were “manicured into a space and provided an opportunity to respond to the idea of being imaged for their race.” The exhibit is on view at CDS through May 17, […]


CDS Documentary Essay Prizewinner Rachel Andrews on Ireland’s Maze Prison, April 16

CDS Documentary Essay Prizewinner Rachel Andrews on Ireland's Maze Prison,  April 16

The CDS Documentary Essay Prize honors the best in documentary photography and writing in alternating years. On April 16, the Center for Documentary Studies will host the winner of the inaugural 2013 prize competition, Irish writer Rachel Andrews, for a public presentation with photographer Dara McGrath on documenting the demolition of Ireland’s Maze Prison complex, the subject of Andrews’ prizewinning essay,”A New Wilderness […]