Archive for May, 2015

Enjoy: Final Projects by Spring 2015 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

Enjoy: Final Projects by Spring 2015 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, six Continuing Education students at the Center for Documentary Studies presented their final projects to the public and received their Certificate in Documentary Arts. Nancy Kalow taught the Final Project Seminar in which they honed their projects for the night’s presentation. The projects are below. Several students have requested their videos not […]


“Rank Stranger”: A New Documentary Blog of Writing and Photography

"Rank Stranger": A New Documentary Blog of Writing and Photography

We think you’ll enjoy Rank Stranger, “a blog about memory and place, art, and documentary expression,” says its creator, Tom Rankin. You’d be hard pressed to find a better person than Rankin to launch such a site—documentary photographer, writer, and folklorist of note, director of Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts, former director of the Center for […]


May 29: “Audio Under The Stars” Summer-Long Audio Festival Kicks Off With Stories on Homecoming

May 29: "Audio Under The Stars" Summer-Long Audio Festival Kicks Off With Stories on Homecoming

Saying good-bye is hard. Sometimes coming back is even harder. From prodigal sons to prom dresses, we explore what it means to come (or leave) home. — Audio Under the Stars creators Jenny Morgan and Elizabeth Friend on “Homecoming,” the theme of the first event Audio Under the Stars—a series of summer-long outdoor listening parties created by alums […]


CDS Recommends: “States of Grace” Screening on May 22

CDS Recommends: "States of Grace" Screening on May 22

Join the Buddhist community at Duke University and the San Francisco Zen Center for a special one-night-only screening of the new feature-length documentary States of Grace. Winner of audience awards at multiple festivals, critic Michael Fox calls States of Grace “a poignant, universal saga that achieves a relevance and a power that reaches well beyond its subjects.”  Friday, […]


CDS Paid Internships for 2015–2016: Exhibitions and Digital Arts and Publishing

CDS Paid Internships for 2015–2016: Exhibitions and Digital Arts and Publishing

The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University is accepting applications for two paid nine-month internship positions that will begin in September 2015 and end in May 2016, based at CDS in Durham, North Carolina. The interns will gain broad experience in the documentary field, with particular focus on exhibitions and digital arts and publishing.  […]


May 21: Event with Jim Grimsley, Author of “How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Lessons of a Racist Childhood”

May 21: Event with Jim Grimsley, Author of "How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Lessons of a Racist Childhood"

The boy in this narrative is becoming a man in a time of enormous change, and his point of view is like a razor cutting through a callous. Painful and healing. Forthright and enormously engaging. This is a book to collect and share and treasure. —Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina The Center […]


May 29: Fresh Docs Screening of “Truth Underground” at the Full Frame Theater

May 29: Fresh Docs Screening of "Truth Underground" at the Full Frame Theater

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of directors Gerret Warner and Mimi Gredy’s Truth Underground, which follows “three young North Carolina spoken word poets transforming pain into art as they search for what Maya Angelou called ‘a brave and startling truth.’” The film is presented as part of the Fresh Docs […]


Register Now for CDS Summer Course: One-Week Documentary Video Institute

Register Now for CDS Summer Course: One-Week Documentary Video Institute

This summer the Center for Documentary Studies will offer its twelfth annual Documentary Video Institute, our one-week video boot camp that has turned out over two hundred full-fledged documentarians. From June 6 through June 13, with expert guidance from multiple instructors, students will learn all aspects of video production: pre-production and scouting locations, camera operation, lighting and sound, […]


“Anytown USA”: Screening of Student Documentary Video Projects on Robbins, North Carolina on May 22 and May 26

“Anytown USA”: Screening of Student Documentary Video Projects on Robbins, North Carolina on May 22 and May 26

One small town. Seven stories. Seven filmmakers. Despite popular misconceptions, the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians live in towns of 5,000 people or less. We are a state of small towns. In fact, NC has the second-most number of small towns in the country. But all is not well. The mass exodus of manufacturing abroad […]


May 13: Certificate in Documentary Arts Graduates Present Final Projects

May 13: Certificate in Documentary Arts Graduates Present Final Projects

At a graduation event at the Full Frame Theater, six Continuing Education students at the Center for Documentary Studies will present their final projects to the public and receive their Certificate in Documentary Arts, having completed a structured sequence of courses culminating with a Final Seminar taught by filmmaker and CDS instructor Nancy Kalow. During the course, students finish a […]


June 13 & 16: Free Screenings of Students’ Short Docs, “East Durham Stories”

June 13 & 16: Free Screenings of Students' Short Docs, "East Durham Stories"

Each summer, participants from around the country attend the Center for Documentary Studies‘ Documentary Video Institute, offered through CDS’s Continuing Education program, to learn to scout, shoot, and edit short documentaries on pre-selected topics. For the past two years, topics have centered on the neighborhoods of East Durham, North Carolina, resulting in a multifaceted portrait of the […]


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. The camp […]


MFA|EDA Class of 2016 Work on Display in “evolutions | digressions,” May 7-15

MFA|EDA Class of 2016 Work on Display in "evolutions | digressions," May 7-15

Come catch a sneak peek into the work of ten first-year students in Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts Class of 2016 in the pop-up exhibition evolutions | digressions at the Power Plant Gallery. The nine-day exhibition features a wide range of works that reflect the diversity of the program. Special and extended hours for the gallery during this time […]


Curator’s Talk, May 11: “Binnegoed: Coloured & South African Photography”

Curator's Talk, May 11: "Binnegoed: Coloured & South African Photography"

Binnegoed: Coloured & South African Photography—a curated exhibition exploring racial ambiguities under South African Apartheid—will be on view at the Center for Documentary Studies through July 29. A reception and curator’s talk will be held on Monday, May 11. Through the work of sixteen photographers who lived and worked during this period of legalized racial segregation, Binnegoed reflects on the South Africa’s history […]


Through June 2: “Children and the Experience of Illness,” Images by Young Patients and Duke Student Mentors

Through June 2:  “Children and the Experience of Illness," Images by Young Patients and Duke Student Mentors

An exhibit of photographs made by young patients and their Duke student mentors—Children and the Experience of Illness—is on view at the Connector Gallery at the Duke Eye Center, located in the walkway between Duke Eye Center and the Albert Eye Research Institute. Children and the Experience of Illness Through June 2, 2015 Duke Eye Center 2351 Erwin […]


Submissions Deadline Extended to May 18 for 2015 Lange-Taylor Prize

Submissions Deadline Extended to May 18 for 2015 Lange-Taylor Prize

This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the prestigious Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize, awarded by the Center for Documentary Studies. The $10,000 prize is given to encourage documentary work in the tradition of acclaimed photographer Lange and writer and social scientist Taylor, and supports documentary artists—working alone or in teams—whose existing, extended fieldwork projects rely on the interplay of words and images. […]


CDS Recommends: “Audio Under The Stars” Story Recording Event at the Durham History Hub on May 9

CDS Recommends: "Audio Under The Stars" Story Recording Event at the Durham History Hub on May 9

Audio Under The Stars and the Museum of Durham History are collaborating for a day of recording Durham stories on Saturday, May 9. The organizers are inviting community members to drop by the Durham History Hub and share their stories of home: coming, going, and returning. Durham Comes Home: An Audio Under The Stars Story Recording Event Saturday, May […]


CDS Instructors Alex Harris and Christopher Sims Receive Undergraduate Teaching Awards from Duke University

CDS Instructors Alex Harris and Christopher Sims Receive Undergraduate Teaching Awards from Duke University

Congratulations to two undergraduate instructors at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Alex Harris and Christopher Sims, who recently received university-wide teaching awards at the end of the 2014–2015 academic year. Alex Harris received the Robert B. Cox Award in the Social Sciences for “a commitment to teaching over time and a willingness to invest substantial effort in meeting the school’s instructional […]