On October 7, the Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative will present a free screening of Who Cares?, an award-winning documentary film that tells the stories of eighteen people in ten different countries who are dedicated to changing the world—”social entrepreneurs” working to transform social, environmental, economic, and political aspects of their communities. Watch the trailer here. Who Cares? imparts the message that anyone can make a difference, regardless of leadership experience or marketable skills.
Screening of Who Cares? followed by Skype Q&A with director Mara Mourão
Tuesday, October 7, 6 p.m.
Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University West Campus
125 Science Dr., Durham, North Carolina (Map)
Snacks and refreshments will be served.
Cosponsored by Duke’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship and Center for Documentary Studies.
This October, the Durham County Library hosts Durham Reads Together, featuring March: Book One, Congressman John Lewis’ graphic memoir about his struggle for civil and human rights that also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement. The library’s biennial program invites the entire community to read the same book and attend programs around its theme, inspiring discussions on important issues including race, family, identity, faith, education, culture, music and visual art.
The month-long celebration kicks off on Saturday, October 4, with a march from the library to Durham’s new civil rights mural as well as a reading and discussion at North Carolina Central University by Congressman Lewis and his co-writer Andrew Aydin. For a complete listing of these and other Durham Reads Together programs and events in October, click here.
As part of the program, Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) director Wesley Hogan will give a talk about the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the young John Lewis’ involvement with the history-changing organization. Hogan is the author of Many Minds, One Heart: SNCC’s Dream for a New America and is a noted documentary historian of the civil rights movement. Also, a former CDS exhibit featuring photos from Freedom Summer in 1964, Oh Freedom Over Me, will also be on display at the library’s main branch throughout October.
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 American Film Festival, followed by a screening of Vida Propia, a documentary directed by MFA|EDA alumni Sarah Garrahan.
Rostros Del Tiempo | Faces of Time
September 30–December 19, 2014 / Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
John Hope Franklin Center Gallery / 2204 Erwin Rd., Durham, North Carolina
Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Rostros Del Tiempo | Faces of Time, followed by a Panel Discussion
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 12 p.m. / Lunch provided
John Hope Franklin Center, Room 240, 2204 Erwin Rd., Durham, North Carolina
Luis Herrera Robles, a professor at Universidad Autonoma of Juarez, Mexico, Don Modesto Zurita, a former Bracero, and Melinda Wiggins, executive director of Student Action with Farmworkers will join Thompson to discuss the history of the Braceros. Free and open to the public.
Rostros Del Tiempo | Faces of Time, followed by Q&A
Wednesday, October 8, 7 p.m.
Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill
301 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill, North Carolina
For many years, Thompson, a Duke professor of cultural anthropology and Center for Documentary Studies faculty member, has been documenting life in cities along the U.S./Mexico border and the challenges facing citizens of both countries. The photos in Faces of Time as well as the short documentary feature ex-Braceros—literally “strong arms,” Mexican workers—who Thompson met on two trips to Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and are a result of his larger “Border Odyssey” project.
The ex-Braceros, most of them in their seventies and eighties, gather every Sunday with their families in the central plaza of Ciudad Juárez to peacefully demand payment of retirement benefits deducted from their pay decades ago. In hopes of bringing more attention to their demands and simply to say that they were present, the men and women lined up (without being asked) to have Thompson take their portraits. “The photography exhibit and the film I’ve been able to put together about these venerable, though often forgotten, farmworkers, personalizes and deepens my odyssey with portraits of real people who have longterm and real relationships to the U.S. They have lived the divide between our nations, having literally put their bodies on the ‘line.'”
NOTE: The 7 p.m. screening of Rostros Del Tiempo | Faces of Time will be followed by a screening of Vida Propia (trailer), a documentary film directed by MFA|EDA alumni Sarah Garrahan. Read more about the film here.
Events are presented by the Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South, John Hope Franklin Center for International and Interdisciplinary Studies, Center for Documentary Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Duke Human Rights Center at FHI, and the Consortium in Latin American Studies at UNC-CH and Duke University.
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 Fall 2014 issue include an interview with Lehman-Brady Visiting Professor Marco Williams, a preview of the upcoming City Under One Roof exhibit featuring the work of 2013 Lange–Taylor Prizewinner Jen Kinney, photographs by CDS Documentary Essay Prizewinner Iveta Vaivode’s Somewhere on a Disappearing Path, an introduction to the MFA in Experimental Documentary Arts class of 2016, and more.
To browse past issues, click here.
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On September 26, in celebration of NC Pride 2014, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will present a free outdoor screening of festival favorite The Case Against 8 at Durham’s Central Park. Screening starts at dusk and is free and open to the public. Duke University and Center for Documentary Studies alumni Ryan White (’04) and Ben Cotner directed The Case Against 8, and the duo was awarded the Directing Award: U.S. Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014. White and Cotner’s film follows the legal battle to defeat California’s Proposition 8, which revoked same-sex marriage rights in the state. Following the plaintiffs’ five-year journey to the Supreme Court, the film illuminates the human side of a much-publicized news story. Watch a video of Ryan White and Ben Cotner discussing The Case Against 8 filmmaking process here.
Outdoor Screening of The Case Against 8
Friday, September 26, 8:30 p.m.
Durham Central Park
501 Foster Street, Durham, North Carolina
Ryan made his first short films at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, graduating with a CDS Certificate in Documentary Studies; he also studied filmmaking at the university’s Program in Arts of the Moving Image. His first feature documentary, the award-winning Pelada, was made with Duke and CDS support and co-directed by fellow certificate grads Gwendolyn Oxenham and Rebekah Fergusson. Ryan’s next feature doc, 2013’s Good Ol’ Freda, premiered at SXSW and screened at numerous film festivals, including the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, before a theatrical release in fall 2013.
The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies.
On September 30, the international animal-welfare group Animals Asia and Duke University’s Canine Cognition Center are hosting a free screening of Australian director Martin Guinness’s award-winning documentary on the bear-bile farming industry in China. Other Duke cosponsors include CDS, Program in Arts of the Moving Image, Duke PAWS, and the Kenan Institute for Ethics.
Tuesday, September 30, 7 p.m.
Duke University East Campus, Richard White Lecture Hall
1308 Campus Dr., Durham, North Carolina
Cages of Shame (47 min.) exposes an industry’s practices to obtain bear bile to sell to the Traditional Chinese Medicine market. Currently, some ten thousand bears are being kept in small cages—for up to thirty years in some cases—with a drain tube permanently inserted into their gallbladders. The film, narrated by Peter Coyote, features the dramatic rescue of ten bears and the closing down of one of the bear farms. Watch the trailer here.
A post-screening discussion will be led by Ray Zhu of the Animals Asia Bears Project and Karen Price, a CDS film instructor and director of the Duke in L.A. program.
On September 26, the Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund will present a free screening of director Ashley Tindall’s feature film on the experiences of three Peace Corps volunteers as part of the Fresh Docs series, which features documentary works-in-progress. Following screenings, SDF director Rachel Raney moderates a conversation with the filmmaker in which the audience participates, providing valuable feedback.
27 Months follows three American Peace Corps volunteers into remote communities in Liberia, Azerbaijan, and the Philippines as they set off to change the world. For twenty-seven months Andy, Marcy, and Kate seek common ground and friendships with the locals, but find themselves isolated in communities that seem to think in alien ways. Human connection and self-realization seems anything but certain. Will they make the change they had planned to make, or are they the ones who will have to change?
Ashley Archer Tindall’s career as a filmmaker started with documenting the marginalized voices of a small Ecuadorian village for the World Bank and has continued across a decade working in production on PBS, HBO, National Geographic, and independent documentaries. At Film Archer she creates educational content for major universities and for nonprofits like LeanIn.org, a women’s leadership organization founded by Sheryl Sandberg. A master’s graduate from the documentary film and video program at Stanford, Tindall’s short documentaries have screened on FreeSpeechTV and at various festivals including Rural Route/Rooftop Films and the Santa Fe Film Festival.
Picture Books, a juried exhibition of self-published and handmade photography books, opens on September 19 at the Power Plant Gallery. In addition to individual submissions, the exhibit—presented in partnership with the Click! Triangle Photography Festival—includes A Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st Century Photobooks from the Indie Photobook Library, curated by Larissa Leclair and Darius Himes. Picture Books explores the emergence, diversity, and artistry in photography books, encouraging viewers to consider nontraditional definitions of the photo book.
Exhibit-related events at the gallery include:
Reception with Larissa Leclair
Thursday, October 9, 5–8 p.m.
Book Signing with invited local authors
Friday, October 17, 5–8 p.m.
This summer, nine producers from across the country came to the Center for Documentary Studies for the Making It Sing Audio Institute, an intensive annual weeklong course offered through our Continuing Education program. Open to audio producers of all levels of experience, from beginners to accomplished industry professionals, the workshop helps them boil down their raw tape into carefully constructed short narrative pieces. CDS audio program director John Biewen and visiting instructor Shea Shackelford were joined by veteran editor/producer Loretta Williams to guide small-group workshopping sessions. The resulting pieces were played at a listening session on the institute’s last day. Listen to six of the audio stories below.
Country Life | Nina Feldman
Dot’s Own Thing | Hans Anderson
Happy Place | Marie Lovejoy
Hundred Waters | Luisa Beck
James River and the Kanawha Canal | Peter Solomon
Slow Down, Mr. Werner! | Karen Werner
Strong Medicine for Addicted Nurses | Laura Benshoff
This year, Duke University’s Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Visiting Filmmaker Series will feature the work of award-winning documentary filmmaker and 2013 National Humanities Medal recipient Stanley Nelson—screenings of four of his films culminating in a conversation between Nelson and Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel at the Nasher Museum of Art in October. The first screening in the series, The Murder of Emmett Till, will be introduced by documentary theater playwright Mike Wiley, a recent Lehman Brady Visiting Professor at Duke and UNC–Chapel Hill; one of Wiley’s most acclaimed works is Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till.
During his visit to Duke, Nelson will also participate in a discussion on the challenges of documenting civil rights with former SNCC field secretary Charlie Cobb, the first activist-in-residence of the SNCC Legacy Project, a partnership between Duke and the history-changing civil rights organization. The conversation will be moderated by Center for Documentary Studies director Wesley Hogan and SUNY-Geneseo Professor Emilye Crosby.
Thursday, October 16, 12:30–2 p.m.: Discussion with Stanley Nelson and Charlie Cobb, moderated by Wesley Hogan and Emilye Crosby
Center for Documentary Studies / 1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina / Map
Friday, October 17, 6–7 p.m.: Conversation with Stanley Nelson and Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, reception to follow / Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University/ 2001 Campus Dr., Durham, North Carolina
Nelson’s films—including the critically acclaimed Freedom Riders, A Place of Our Own, Wounded Knee, and The Murder of Emmett Till, among many others—have illuminated both well-known and unknown narratives of African American history in America. In 2012, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival honored filmmaker Stanley Nelson with its annual Full Frame Tribute for his significant contribution to the documentary form. Click here to read a Full Frame interview with Nelson in 2012, discussing his distinguished career and his dedication to foster the next generation of documentarians.