Archive for August, 2014

“Rostros Del Tiempo | Faces of Time” Exhibit Opens, Panel and Film Screenings to Follow

"Rostros Del Tiempo | Faces of Time" Exhibit Opens, Panel and Film Screenings to Follow

An exhibit of photographs by documentarian Charles D. Thompson, Rostros del Tiempo | Faces of Time, opens at Duke University’s John Hope Franklin Center on September 30. On October 8, there will be a related panel discussion that includes a screening of Thompson’s short documentary on the project; the film will also screen that evening as part of the NC Latin […]


Duke and UNC Welcome Filmmaker Marco Williams as the 2014–15 Lehman Brady Visiting Professor

Duke and UNC Welcome Filmmaker Marco Williams as the 2014–15 Lehman Brady Visiting Professor

The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University is honored to host acclaimed filmmaker and film educator Marco Williams on the Duke and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill campuses as the 2014–15 Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professor in Documentary Studies and American Studies. CDS coordinates the cross-campus collaboration, which brings distinguished practitioners and scholars of the documentary arts to […]


Latvian Photographer Iveta Vaivode’s Prizewinning Essay

Latvian Photographer Iveta Vaivode's Prizewinning Essay

“The ambivalence of photographs, their possibilities and limitations, suggest that we should not trust images as records of our lives and histories.”—CDS Documentary Essay Prizewinner Iveta Vaivode In her photo essay “Somewhere on a Disappearing Path,” Iveta Vaivode seeks to create a new family album, one full of images of imagined memories. The compelling, unique […]


“Emmett and Trayvon” Podcast Features Documentary Theater Artist Mike Wiley

"Emmett and Trayvon" Podcast Features Documentary Theater Artist Mike Wiley

Center for Documentary Studies audio director John Biewen produced a recent podcast, “Emmett and Trayvon,” featuring actor and playwright Mike Wiley. One of Wiley’s one-man plays, Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till, is about the black Chicago teenager who was murdered in Mississippi in 1955. Biewen tagged along as Wiley performed that play in Florida, not far […]


Washington, D.C.’s Hardcore Punk Scene Comes Alive in “Hard Art, DC 1979”

Washington, D.C.'s Hardcore Punk Scene Comes Alive in "Hard Art, DC 1979"

The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to host the traveling exhibition Hard Art, DC 1979, featuring Lucian Perkins’ photographs of a soon-to-erupt hardcore punk scene in the nation’s capital on the eve of the Reagan presidency, an enormously influential artistic and cultural movement inspired by then unknown bands like Bad Brains, the Teen Idles, and […]


Watch: Instructors Describe Undergraduate Classes in Documentary Studies

Watch: Instructors Describe Undergraduate Classes in Documentary Studies

Enjoy these videos describing three Fall 2014 undergraduate courses at the Center for Documentary Studies, two of them brand-new. Taught by MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts director Tom Rankin, MFA | EDA graduate and documentary artist Eric Barstow, and acclaimed filmmaker Marco Williams, the 2014-15 Lehman Brady Visiting Professor, the classes highlight a diverse range of documentary […]


Listen: “East Durham/Cleveland Holloway Stories” from the 2014 Hearing Is Believing Audio Institute

Listen: "East Durham/Cleveland Holloway Stories" from the 2014 Hearing Is Believing Audio Institute

At the Center for Documentary Studies‘ twelfth annual introductory audio institute, Hearing is Believing, offered each summer through our Continuing Education program, eighteen students came from around the world to learn the art of audio storytelling. Under the tutelage of CDS audio program director John Biewen and visiting instructor Shea Shackelford, with guest lecturers Lulu Miller of NPR and John Barth […]


Watch: “East Durham/Cleveland-Holloway Stories,” from the 2014 Documentary Video Institute

Watch: "East Durham/Cleveland-Holloway Stories," from the 2014 Documentary Video Institute

2014 marked the eleventh year of the CDS Documentary Video Institute, offered each summer through the Continuing Education program at the Center for Documentary Studies. In response to strong demand it drew twenty-eight students—up from the usual twenty-four—for an intense week of “boot camp”–style doc training. In one week, they went from setting up interviews to showing their work […]


CDS Seeking Federal Work-Study Students for Part-Time Fall Semester Positions

CDS Seeking Federal Work-Study Students for Part-Time Fall Semester Positions

The Center for Documentary Studies is currently seeking federally eligible work-study students for part-time administrative assistant positions for the Fall 2014 semester. Our administrative assistants are the first point-of-contact at CDS, and require strong interpersonal skills and knowledge about the classes, programs, and exhibits on offer at the facility. Persons in this position must be willing and […]


Community Listening Parties Wrap Up With “Feast or Famine” Stories

Community Listening Parties Wrap Up With "Feast or Famine" Stories

On August 15, the hit summer series Audio Under the Stars, a Durham Third Friday event hosted by SPECTRE Arts and the Center for Documentary Studies, wraps up with “Feast or Famine”—stories of abundance and need curated by CDS audiophiles that “delve into obsessions and desires and explore what lies between necessity and excess.” “Feast […]


Watch, as CDS Kicks off Its 25th Anniversary Year

Watch, as CDS Kicks off Its 25th Anniversary Year

It’s on: the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) will be celebrating our 25th anniversary during the year beginning this fall. Founded in 1989, CDS opened its doors as a support corporation of Duke University in January 1990, the first institution in the United States dedicated solely to the rich legacy and continuing practice of the documentary tradition […]