Archive for May, 2014

CDS Certificate Grad David Mayer to Screen His Documentary, “Questions for My Grandfather”

CDS Certificate Grad David Mayer to Screen His Documentary, "Questions for My Grandfather"

Save the date! On Sunday, June 1, Duke University grad David Mayer (Visual and Media Studies, ’14) will screen his documentary retracing his grandfather’s journey in Nazi Germany. Gary Hawkins, David’s first film instructor at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS), will give an introduction. A Q&A will follow the screening. Sunday, June 1, 8:30 p.m. […]


“Contested”: New CDS Radio Broadcast Looks at the Role of Sports in American Society

"Contested": New CDS Radio Broadcast Looks at the Role of Sports in American Society

The media typically takes a straightforward look at sports: who won, who lost, and why. And almost all of that coverage is about the 1 percent of athletes competing at the highest levels of college and professional sport. With Contested, a new one-hour broadcast airing on public radio stations across the country, Center for Documentary Studies […]


Literacy Through Photography Student Exhibit at the Durham Public Library, Through June 13

Literacy Through Photography Student Exhibit at the Durham Public Library, Through June 13

An opening event on May 17 will celebrate photographs and writings by sixth- and seventh-grade students from the School for Creative Studies in Durham, North Carolina, that are now on view at the Durham County Library through June 13, 2014. More than seventy students worked with Duke University undergraduates in Literacy Through Photography, a class at the Center […]


Theatre Raleigh Presents Mike Wiley’s “Blood Done Sign My Name”

Theatre Raleigh Presents Mike Wiley's "Blood Done Sign My Name"

Actor/playwright Mike Wiley’s acclaimed one-man documentary theater production Blood Done Sign My Name was adapted from Center for Documentary Studies instructor Tim Tyson’s award-winning book about a racial conflagration in his hometown of Oxford, North Carolina; Theatre Raleigh will present the play during a series of performances beginning May 28, 2014. Wiley was the Lehman Brady Professor at CDS during […]


CDS Undergraduates Present Multimedia Work on “Remixing Folklore” and “Field Recordings” Class Websites

CDS Undergraduates Present Multimedia Work on "Remixing Folklore" and "Field Recordings" Class Websites

CDS presents two new websites—Remixing Folklore and Field Recordings —where you can browse two semesters’ worth of undergraduate student work in the form of videos, audio slideshows, Zeegas, photography, and more. The work was produced as a part of two Multimedia Documentary courses taught by CDS Lecturing Fellow Christopher Sims, in which students learned techniques of multimedia documentary production […]


Website Showcases Student Work from Small Town, USA Class

Website Showcases Student Work from Small Town, USA Class

For the past eight years, Duke University undergraduates have been coming to Hillsborough, North Carolina, each spring as part of Small Town, USA, a class at the Center for Documentary Studies taught by Susie Post-Rust. Each student chooses a photography project to pursue within the town and spends the semester documenting that story. All of the photo projects […]


Fresh Docs Double Screening of “The Last Barn Dance” and “Abandoned”

Fresh Docs Double Screening of "The Last Barn Dance" and "Abandoned"

On May 30, the Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund will present free screenings of two docs-in-progress as part of the Fresh Docs series, which features works-in-progress and recently completed films. Screenings are followed by a moderated conversation with the filmmaker in which the audience participates. Friday, May 30, 7 p.m. Full Frame Theater, Power Plant […]


Student Films from Anytown, USA Class Screen in Liberty, North Carolina, and the Full Frame Theater

Student Films from Anytown, USA Class Screen in Liberty, North Carolina, and the Full Frame Theater

May 16 in Liberty; May 23 at the Full Frame Theater: Anytown, USA is an advanced seminar at the Center for Documentary Studies offered annually through our Continuing Education program in which each student produces and edits an eight- to twelve-minute video related to a small town in North Carolina. This year’s class, taught by filmmaker Randolph Benson, […]


Closing Event for “On Fire,” with First Book Prize in Photography Alum Larry Schwarm

On May 22, inaugural  CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography winner Larry Schwarm will give a public talk at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill to mark the closing of On Fire, an exhibit co-curated by the Wilson Library’s Public Art Committee and Ann Stewart Fine Art of Chapel Hill. In 2002, Robert Adams, the inaugural First Book Prize judge, chose Schwarm for the […]


Remembering Al Clayton

Remembering Al Clayton

Remembering Al Clayton, profoundly talented and vital artist—photographer, filmmaker, comedian, crank, witness, human. Photographer of famine and food, musicians and snake handlers, pigs and chickens. 1934–2014. In the late sixties he traveled around the South on assignment from the Southern Regional Council, charged with photographing what hunger in America looked like. The resulting pictures helped […]


May 20 Deadline for School of Doc: Full Frame’s Summer Filmmaking Camp

May 20 Deadline for School of Doc: Full Frame's Summer Filmmaking Camp

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is seeking aspiring young filmmakers from public high schools in Durham, North Carolina, for School of Doc, the festival’s free documentary filmmaking camp. Participants in the intensive five-week summer camp learn all aspects of documentary filmmaking including camera operation, editing, lighting, and sound, working in production teams to produce a documentary on a subject of their choosing.  Click […]


SlowExposures Photography Festival Call for Entries: Deadline June 15

SlowExposures Photography Festival Call for Entries: Deadline June 15

During the last two weeks of September, the SlowExposures Photography Festival welcomes visitors from across the United States to experience the rural South through the medium of fine art photography. For 2014, jurors Alexa Dilworth, publishing and awards director at the Center for Documentary Studies, and Aline Smithson, photographer and founder of the highly regarded website […]


Full Frame Third Friday Screening of “Sex(Ed): The Movie” on May 16

Full Frame Third Friday Screening of "Sex(Ed): The Movie" on May 16

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is joining downtown Durham’s monthly festivities with the Third Friday film series, part of the Full Frame Road Show presented by PNC. A favorite from this year’s Full Frame festival, Sex(Ed) The Movie, kicks off the free series, which will continue through the end of the year. Friday, May 16, 7:30 p.m. […]


CDS Is Hiring: Exhibitions Intern, Nine-Month Paid Position

Note: This position has now been filled. The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University is accepting applications for a nine-month Exhibitions Internship position that will begin in September 2014 and end in May 2015. The intern will gain broad experience in the documentary field, with particular focus on exhibiting the documentary arts. The intern will […]


Student Mentors Produce “Children and the Experience of Illness,” Through May 12

Student Mentors Produce "Children and the Experience of Illness," Through May 12

An exhibit of photographs made by young patients and their Duke student mentors—Children and the Experience of Illness—is on view at the Hand Gallery on the first floor of the Duke North Hospital. Children and the Experience of Illness Through May 12, 2014 Duke North Hospital, First Floor, Hand Gallery 2301 Erwin Road, Durham, North […]


Fall 2014 Undergraduate Courses Announced

Fall 2014 Undergraduate Courses Announced

The undergraduate program in Documentary Studies allows undergraduate students to connect their educational experiences to broader community life through documentary fieldwork projects. Program courses challenge students to combine intellectual ideas with grassroots engagement as they use tools of documentary inquiry to learn and render in various mediums. Documentary Studies students combine their coursework with a […]