Archive for January, 2015

March 17: Jenny Scheinman Will Visit CDS to Discuss “Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait”

March 17: Jenny Scheinman Will Visit CDS to Discuss "Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait"

Several upcoming events with acclaimed composer, singer, and violinist Jenny Scheinman include a brown-bag lunch at the Center for Documentary Studies. Scheinman will be visiting Duke for the world premiere of Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait. Duke Performances commissioned Scheinman to create an original live score set to 70-year-old archival footage of life in the Piedmont taken by the […]


Mark Your Calendars: Full Frame Passes Go on Sale February 11

Mark Your Calendars: Full Frame Passes Go on Sale February 11

Mark your calendars! Four types of passes for the 2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (held this year April 9–12, in Durham, North Carolina) will go on sale at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 11, through the Duke University Box Office. To purchase, go to the online Full Frame store on the Box Office website; you may also buy passes in person […]


Apply Now: Duke Student Fellowships at the 2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Apply Now: Duke Student Fellowships at the 2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

February 20, 2015, deadline: 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, April 9–12, 2015. Last year, approximately 150 participants from 14 schools took part in the Fellows Program, which is aimed at […]


Tiger Awards, Cinemart, and Pixel Art: Gary Hawkins in Rotterdam, Dispatch #5

DISPATCH #5: The short film program concludes with the Tiger Award presentations. Of the 200 invited films, 20 are pre-selected to compete for the 3 awards. Before the ceremony, our moderator shares a sobering reality—this year the IFFR Shorts Program received 4,000 submissions, and it has been this way for a decade. Since 2005 therefore, […]


Avantgardistic Recreation: Gary Hawkins in Rotterdam, Dispatch #4

DISPATCH #4: The following night, after a nice, long death-sleep, I strolled down Witte de Withstraat, one of the main drags in Downtown Rotterdam, to WORM, a bar/performance venue on Boomgaardsstraat. I passed by a dramatically lit, Rotterdam Readymade near the Leuvehaven, one of the oldest harbors in the city, and a block later I […]


January 30: “Leaving Traces” Documents Bull City Summer Documentarians

January 30: "Leaving Traces" Documents Bull City Summer Documentarians

A uniquely Durham, North Carolina, feature documentary by director Ivan Weiss, Leaving Traces, is set to screen at the historic Carolina Theatre in Durham; click here to view trailer. The film documents the documentarians of the widely acclaimed Bull City Summer project about the Durham Bulls minor league baseball team, including photographer/Duke University professor Alex Harris, an instructor at […]


Triangle-Area Undergrads: Apply During February 2015 for Student Documentary Awards

Triangle-Area Undergrads: Apply During February 2015 for Student Documentary Awards

Established in 1990 by the Center for Documentary Studies, the John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards go to undergraduates attending North Carolina’s Triangle-area universities to help them conduct intensive summer-long documentary fieldwork projects, for which they receive up to $2,000. The awards are named for revered scholar John Hope Franklin, the late professor emeritus of history at Duke […]


Film Premieres in Dreamlike States: Gary Hawkins in Rotterdam, Dispatch #3

Film Premieres in Dreamlike States: Gary Hawkins in Rotterdam, Dispatch #3

DISPATCH #3 Erasmusbrug, or Erasmus Bridge is a combined cable-stayed and bascule bridge that stretches 800 elegant meters across the Nieuwe Maas to connect the north and south sections of Rotterdam. Specific to my visit, it connected the Tulip Inn to the Lanteren Venster where Zero Irony premiered. Nicknamed “The Swan,” the Erasmusbrug became the well-traveled […]


Screening and Panel Highlight the Award-Winning “DamNation”

Screening and Panel Highlight the Award-Winning "DamNation"

On January 29 on the Duke University campus, the Duke River Center and Duke Water Network host “Let’s Talk About Water,” a public event with film screenings and a panel discussion. The featured film is the award-winning DamNation, which screened at the 2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, among others. Thursday, January 29 5 p.m.: Reception […]


January 23: Opening Reception for “Solitude: Images/Sounds” by CDS Alum Marc Alan Sperber

January 23: Opening Reception for "Solitude: Images/Sounds" by CDS Alum Marc Alan Sperber

Durham, North Carolina–based emerging fine art photographer Marc Alan Sperber‘s first solo exhibit is at The Carrack Modern Art through January 31, 2015. An opening reception with live music on January 23 is free and open to the public. Solitude: Images/Sounds features photographs that Sperber took during work-related trips to China, Tanzania, New York City, and Amsterdam between 2010 and […]


January 27: Photobook Club Discussion of Helen Levitt’s “A Way of Seeing”

January 27: Photobook Club Discussion of Helen Levitt's "A Way of Seeing"

The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to host a new book discussion group organized by Duke Archive of Documentary Arts (ADA) curator Lisa McCarty (MFA|EDA ’13; 2013–14 CDS exhibitions intern). At the ADA Photobook Club’s second meeting, the group will focus on Helen Levitt’s iconic A Way of Seeing, which captured life in the […]


Full Frame’s Winter Series Continues with “The Overnighters”

Full Frame's Winter Series Continues with "The Overnighters"

On January 22, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival‘s annual Winter Series of free screenings at the historic Carolina Theatre continues with Full Frame veteran Jess Moss’s The Overnighters, in which he explores a tense community standoff in a North Dakota oil boom town. (Watch trailer.) Thursday, January 22, doors at 7 p.m., screening at 7:30 p.m. […]


January 31: Application DL for Fall Admission to Duke’s MFA in Experimental & Documentary Arts Program

January 31: Application DL for Fall Admission to Duke's MFA in Experimental & Documentary Arts Program

Duke University welcomes applications for Fall 2015 to its MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts (MFA|EDA), a groundbreaking interdisciplinary arts program that seeks applicants from across the arts spectrum, whether based in traditional fine arts such as painting, sculpture, documentary arts, writing, photography, and film, or so-called experimental practice such as computational and new media, sound work, performance, […]


Register Now for “Women With a Movie Camera,” a New CDS Continuing Ed Class

Register Now for "Women With a Movie Camera," a New CDS Continuing Ed Class

Of all the film genres, documentary is the one in which women have achieved the greatest success as directors, editors, producers, writers, and gatekeepers. Is there such thing as a “female gaze”? Does gender matter? Join instructor Danielle Beverly in a new survey class from the Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education program, Women With a Movie Camera, […]


Free Screening: Full Frame’s Winter Series Kicks Off

Free Screening: Full Frame's Winter Series Kicks Off

On January 15, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival‘s annual Winter Series of free screenings at the historic Carolina Theatre begins with Keep On Keepin’ On (click link to view trailer), a feature doc by first-time filmmaker Al Hicks. The film depicts the story of jazz legend Clark Terry, teacher and mentor to the most totemic figures […]


February 19: Rescheduled Event for Nancy Cohen’s “Hackensack Dreaming” Exhibit at the Power Plant Gallery

February 19: Rescheduled Event for Nancy Cohen's “Hackensack Dreaming” Exhibit at the Power Plant Gallery

From January 22 through March 5, 2016, the Power Plant Gallery will host Nancy Cohen’s Hackensack Dreaming as it transforms and encompasses the 1,500-square-foot gallery into its own constructed reality. Caitlin Margaret Kelly, director of the Power Plant Gallery explains, “Nancy Cohen’s installation is rife with referential essence. Translucent glass objects hint at a cedar forest, […]


James Longley’s “Kabul, Afghanistan” Exhibit at the Power Plant Gallery

James Longley's "Kabul, Afghanistan" Exhibit at the Power Plant Gallery

“Jada-e-Maiwand, a vibrant neighborhood near the center of old Kabul, was a scene of fierce fighting and destruction during Afghanistan’s civil war. Twenty years later, the area remains only partially rebuilt: mud-brick homes flank open sewers, market stalls spill over from broad avenues, and winding alleyways reveal blacksmiths, corner grocers, bolani mongers, and bakers impaling […]