Archive for June, 2015

July 24: “Audio Under the Stars” Audio Festival Continues With “Dog Days”

July 24: “Audio Under the Stars” Audio Festival Continues With “Dog Days”

Summertime is more than lazy days and picnics. The Dog Days were once considered an evil time when “wine grew sour and dogs turned mad.”  We take a look at the good and the bad: summer flings and overheated outbursts; stories of indolence and frenzy. Plus, dogs. We like dogs. — Audio Under the Stars creators Jenny […]


FREE July 17: Full Frame Third Friday Screening of “In Transit”

FREE July 17: Full Frame Third Friday Screening of “In Transit"

Put it on your calendar: the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will present a free Third Friday screening of In Transit in Durham as part of the Full Frame Road Show presented by PNC. Friday, July 17, 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.) Full Frame Theater, Power Plant building American Tobacco Campus 320 Blackwell St., Durham, North Carolina Directions        […]


2015 John Hope Franklin Award Winners Immerse Themselves in Summer-Long Documentary Projects

2015 John Hope Franklin Award Winners Immerse Themselves in Summer-Long Documentary Projects

And they’re off….six undergraduates and recent graduates from local universities will be pursuing summerlong documentary projects as recipients of the 2015 John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards. While many of the Center for Documentary Studies‘ awards are national or international in focus, the John Hope Franklin awards go to Triangle-area undergraduates who wish to pursue projects involving oral […]


Watch: “East Durham Stories,” From the 2015 Documentary Video Institute

Watch: “East Durham Stories,” From the 2015 Documentary Video Institute

2015 marked the twelfth year of the Center for Documentary Studies‘ Documentary Video Institute, offered each summer through our Continuing Education program. In early June, students in the Documentary Video Institute returned to the East Durham, North Carolina, neighborhood for the second year of a planned three-year collaboration with this dynamic and diverse part of the city. Sixteen students […]


Enjoy Online: Spring/Summer 2015 Issue of “Document”

Enjoy Online: Spring/Summer 2015 Issue of “Document”

The quarterly publication Document features some of the best documentary work supported and produced by the Center for Documentary Studies. The current issue is now available online; scroll down to view. Highlights in the Spring 2015 issue include work from the BINNEGOED: Coloured and South African Photography exhibit curated by CDS exhibitions intern Candice Jansen, 2015 CDS-Honickman First Book Prize and Full Frame Documentary […]


Watch: “Anytown USA” Student Videos on Robbins, North Carolina

Watch: “Anytown USA” Student Videos on Robbins, North Carolina

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 […]


Remembering Mary Ellen Mark

Remembering Mary Ellen Mark

We at the Center for Documentary Studies feel extremely fortunate to have worked with the inimitable Mary Ellen Mark over the years—her Undrabörn/Extraordinary Child photographs were on exhibit here in 2009–10 (the first presentation of that body of work in the United States), and in 2008 she served as the judge of our First Book Prize in […]


June 26: “Audio Under the Stars” Audio Festival Continues With “Haunted”

June 26: “Audio Under the Stars” Audio Festival Continues With "Haunted"

What is it you can’t let go? Who—or what—won’t let go of you? We’ll have stories of obsessions, fixations, otherworldly encounters, and perhaps unwholesome interests. Our closet of skeletons is open; come have a peek.— Audio Under the Stars creators Jenny Morgan and Elizabeth Friend on “Haunted,” the theme of the upcoming event Audio Under the Stars—a series of summer-long outdoor listening […]


Listen: Student Work from the Spring 2015 Short Audio Documentary Class Now Available Online

Listen: Student Work from the Spring 2015 Short Audio Documentary Class Now Available Online

Forty-five audio pieces from undergraduate students in this spring’s Short Audio Documentary course, taught by CDS audio program director John Biewen, are now available online. Each student produced three short audio documentaries during the semester, choosing from a handful of predetermined themes and approaches. For the spring 2015 class, the themes of the pieces are: Race@Duke: In the spring […]


Update: “Looking At Appalachia” Photo Project

Update: "Looking At Appalachia" Photo Project

Last year, we wrote about Roger May’s crowdsourced-photo-project-in-progress as he was seeking submissions. The photographer, blogger, and CDS Certificate in Documentary Arts student was looking to craft a more nuanced view of modern Appalachia fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson made the area a primary target in his War on Poverty, resulting in an era of photographs depicting a one-note, […]


June 23 & 24: “Border Odyssey” Book Events With Duke/CDS Scholar Charlie Thompson

June 23 & 24: "Border Odyssey" Book Events With Duke/CDS Scholar Charlie Thompson

A new book by Center for Documentary Studies faculty member Charles D. (Charlie) Thompson is attracting widespread notice for Thompson’s photographs and prose, which combine in Border Odyssey: Travels Along the U.S.–Mexico Divide to create a “potent cri de coeur for a more compassionate, sane, and humane border policy” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), a publication that Publisher’s Weekly called “one of the most interesting […]


Brenna Cukier, Laura Doggett, and Nicholas Pilarski: 2015–16 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows

Brenna Cukier, Laura Doggett, and Nicholas Pilarski: 2015–16 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows

The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to announce the 2015–16 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows, all of whom will be working with organizations in the New York City area; scroll down for more information on Brenna Cukier, Laura Doggett, and Nicholas Pilarski. Founded on the spirit, values, and actions of social documentary photographer Lewis Hine, CDS’s Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows […]


Full Frame Third Friday: “King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” Screens FREE on June 19 and 26

Full Frame Third Friday: “King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” Screens FREE on June 19 and 26

Put these two dates on your calendar: the Full Frame Film Festival will host two free screenings of King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters in the Triangle area this month. The free Third Friday screening on June 19 in Durham is part of the Full Frame Road Show presented by PNC, and the June 26 screening at City Plaza in […]


Photographs from Jessica Ingram’s “Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial”

Photographs from Jessica Ingram's "Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial"

Extended captions for select photographs by Jessica Ingram, from her exhibition on view at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University through October 17, 2015: Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial. Law office, Pulaski, Tennessee, 2006 The Ku Klux Klan was founded in this building on Christmas Eve 1865. The original historical marker, […]


Enjoy: 2015 Certificate in Documentary Studies Graduates Capstone Projects

Enjoy: 2015 Certificate in Documentary Studies Graduates Capstone Projects

The Certificate in Documentary Studies program attracts Duke undergraduates to the Center for Documentary Studies from across the arts and sciences. Under the guidance of Alex Harris, nine seniors in the 2015 spring semester Documentary Capstone Seminar completed a final project as the culmination of their documentary studies classes. Additionally, an exhibit of the graduated seniors’ […]


CDS Undergraduate Education Director Christopher Sims to Give Talk at Reykjavik Museum of Photography

CDS Undergraduate Education Director Christopher Sims to Give Talk at Reykjavik Museum of Photography

Christopher Sims, undergraduate education director at the Center for Documentary Studies and Lecturing Fellow in the Documentary Arts, will give an artist’s talk in Iceland on Monday, June 15 at 5 p.m. The lecture, “Photographing Guantanamo Bay and the Pretend Villages of Iraq and Afghanistan,” will be hosted by the Reykjavik Museum of Photography and is being organized by […]


New Website Highlights Hine Documentary Fellowship Projects

New Website Highlights Hine Documentary Fellowship Projects

The Center for Documentary Studies’ Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program aspires to the spirit, values, and actions of its namesake Lewis Hine, a hugely influential pioneer of social documentary photography. In connecting committed young documentarians with organizations serving children, adolescents, and their communities, the program aims to demonstrate the impact of documentary work. Explore evidence […]