Posts Tagged ‘Randolph Benson’

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

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

Anytown, USA is a continuing education course at the Center for Documentary Studies developed and taught by longtime instructor Randy Benson. For its eighth season it shone a spotlight on Roseboro, North Carolina, a small town ninety miles southeast of Durham. With the help of Roseboro mayor Alice Butler, ten students traveled to Roseboro to meet […]


December 11: Certificate in Documentary Arts Graduates Present Their Final Projects

December 11: Certificate in Documentary Arts Graduates Present Their 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 documentary filmmaker and CDS instructor Randolph Benson. During the course, students […]


CDS Student Work Gains National Recognition

CDS Student Work Gains National Recognition

Congratulations are in order to several students and instructors of CDS continuing education programs have gained national recognition this week for their documentary projects. Lisa Morehouse, a CDS summer institute star alumni and independent radio journalist, has been awarded an Arts and Culture Excellence in Journalism Award from the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists […]


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 […]


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 […]


December 12: Certificate in Documentary Arts Graduates Present Final Projects

December 12: Certificate in Documentary Arts Graduates Present Final Projects

At a graduation event at the Full Frame Theater, eleven 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 Randolph Benson. During the course, students finish a substantial […]


Watch: “Anytown USA” Student Video Projects on Liberty, North Carolina

Watch: "Anytown USA" Student Video Projects on Liberty, North Carolina

Anytown, USA is a class offered once a year through the Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education program, in which students produce and edit short videos related to a small town in North Carolina. Developed by longtime CDS instructor Randy Benson, previous Anytown courses focused on the towns of Pittsboro, Bladenboro, Smithfield, Star, and Scotland […]


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, […]


“The Searchers” Looks at JFK Assassination Investigators; Fresh Docs Screening on February 28

"The Searchers" Looks at JFK Assassination Investigators; Fresh Docs Screening on February 28

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund present a work-in-progress screening of The Searchers as part of the Fresh Docs film series. The locally-produced feature film by Randolph Benson is about a small number of U.S. citizens who, without recognition and in spite of frequent ridicule, have dedicated their lives to researching the assassination of President John F. Kennedy […]


Register Now for Upcoming Continuing Ed Classes in the Documentary Arts

Register Now for Upcoming Continuing Ed Classes in the Documentary Arts

The Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education program offers a full range of multi-week courses, weekend workshops, online courses, and summer institutes. The upcoming spring classes are filling up fast! For more information on the classes and instructors, and to register, click the class links below: Documentary and the Three-Act Structure (also offered online) (Joshua Dasal) Saturday, February […]


View/Listen: Final Projects from Fall 2013 Continuing Education Certificate Recipients

Jim Adams | Gaining Balance | Audio Jim Adams’ audio project was born out of his struggle to make sense of a deep personal loss. The piece was created from interviews with his brother,  father, and his own audio journals. Adams grew up in a small town in Indiana, and studied at the University of Indianapolis and Purdue University. […]


Final Project Presentations by Fall 2013 Certificate in Documentary Arts Students, December 12

Final Project Presentations by Fall 2013 Certificate in Documentary Arts Students, December 12

People of all ages and backgrounds enroll in the Continuing Education program at the Center for Documentary Studies. Some choose to pursue a Certificate in Documentary Arts, which culminates in a substantial documentary project—photography, film and video, audio, multimedia, and writing works. Six students in the Fall 2013 Final Seminar in Documentary Studies, taught by filmmaker and longtime CDS instructor […]


Special Screening of “Rush to Judgment,” Classic Account of JFK Assassination and Investigation, October 28

Special Screening of "Rush to Judgment," Classic Account of JFK Assassination and Investigation, October 28

The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to present a free screening of Emile de Antonio and Mark Lane’s Rush to Judgment, a classic account of the JFK assassination and investigation based on Lane’s 1966 New York Times bestselling book of the same name. Monday, October 28, 7 p.m. Full Frame Theater, Power Plant Building, American Tobacco […]


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

Watch: "Anytown, USA" Student Videos on Scotland Neck, North Carolina

Anytown, USA is a class at the Center for Documentary Studies offered annually through our Continuing Education program, in which students produce and edit videos related to a small town in North Carolina. This year’s class, taught by filmmaker Randolph Benson, focused on the town of Scotland Neck, and each of the students created a short […]


Screenings of Student Documentary Video Projects From Scotland Neck, North Carolina, May 24

Screenings of Student Documentary Video Projects From Scotland Neck, North Carolina, May 24

Anytown, USA is a class at the Center for Documentary Studies offered annually through our Continuing Education program, in which students produce and edit videos related to a small town in North Carolina. This year’s class, taught by filmmaker Randolph Benson, focused on the town of Scotland Neck, and each of the eleven students created a […]


Register Now for Summer Course: One-Week Doc Filmmaking Boot Camp

This summer CDS will offer its tenth annual Documentary Video Institute, our one-week video boot camp that has turned out over two hundred full-fledged documentarians. From June 15 through June 22, with expert guidance from multiple instructors, students will learn all aspects of video production: pre-production and scouting locations, camera operation, lighting and sound, editing […]


Register Now: Multimedia Storytelling Workshop and Short-Doc Class Anytown, USA

Register Now: Multimedia Storytelling Workshop and Short-Doc Class Anytown, USA

There are a few spots left in two upcoming CDS Continuing Education classes: Multimedia Storytelling Workshop Thursday, March 7: 6–9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 8–9: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday, March 10: 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Instructors Catherine Orr and Elena Rue, founders of the visual storytelling company StoryMineMedia, use a combination of critiques, hands-on learning, […]


Final Projects by Fall 2012 Certificate in Documentary Arts Graduates

Final Projects by Fall 2012 Certificate in Documentary Arts Graduates

Throughout the year, the Center for Documentary Studies offers Continuing Education courses in the documentary arts. Some students choose to enroll in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program, which offers a more structured sequence of courses culminating in the Final Seminar in Documentary Studies, where students finish and present a substantial documentary work—projects that often move […]