Three upcoming free events will give area undergraduates the chance to learn more about Center for Documentary Studies undergraduate education courses and other related Duke programs.
Travel to Durham Art Guild Photo Lecture
Tuesday, October 28, 6-8 p.m.
Meet at Washington Duke Statue on East Campus at 6 p.m. (Map)
Meet up with other interested students and CDS photography instructor MJ Sharp to attend Jeff Whetstone’s curator’s talk about the Pixel and Grain regional photography show at the Durham Art Guild. We’ll meet at the Washington Duke statue on East Campus at 6 p.m. to catch the Bull City Connector, the free Durham arts bus, and return sometime after 8 p.m.
Short Screening of Karen Price’s HouseQuake
CDS Undergraduate Education, Duke in Los Angeles, and DUMA Info Session
Tuesday, October 28, 8:30 p.m.
Gilbert-Addoms Resident Hall, Duke University East Campus, 1368 Campus Dr., Durham, North Carolina (Map)
In this student-organized event, Karen Price will show clips from her feature documentary film, HouseQuake, about how the Democratic Party won control of the U.S. House of Representatives in a relentless effort led by Rahm Emmanuel. Meet filmmaker Karen Price (CDS/AMI instructor, Duke in Los Angeles Director) and students from CDS, Duke in L.A., and the Duke Union for Media and Arts student group (DUMA), who will be on hand to answer about their respective programs.
Getting Personal with the Patriarchy Artist’s Talk with MJ Sharp
CDS Undergraduate Education, Duke in Los Angeles, and DUMA Info Session
Wednesday, October 29, 7 p.m.
Center for Documentary Studies Auditorium, 1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina (Map)
In this half-hour artist talk, MJ Sharp reviews her artistic output of nearly 30 years to discover the subtle thread of reckoning with the patriarchy that runs through it all. MJ will explore how photography, with its inherent ambiguity, softens what would normally be a screed into a more nuanced and layered critique. Meet MJ Sharp, CDS Undergraduate Education Director Christopher Sims, and students from CDS and the Duke Union for Media and Arts student group (DUMA), who will be on hand to provide information about their respective programs. Cobbler will also be served.
“The City of Whittier is a world entire. The great myth of Alaska—harsh but rewarding, distant, lawless, primal, pristine—is alive here in funhouse distortion. The town occupies a crescent moon of shoreline, ringed in mountains and bordered by the sea.” —Jen Kinney, from City Under One Roof
On October 30, the Center for Documentary Studies will host an opening reception and artist’s talk for City Under One Roof, Jen Kinney’s solo exhibition on Whittier, Alaska, in which she uses photographs and writing to explore shared spaces in the tiny, remote outpost on Prince William Sound. Her Whittier project garnered Kinney, a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, CDS’s prestigious Lange-Taylor Prize in 2013; the $10,000 annual award supports documentary artists involved in ongoing fieldwork projects that rely on both words and images. Click here for more information and a slideshow of images from the exhibit, on view through January 24, 2015.
Kinney describes Whittier, sixty miles north of Anchorage, as “an unlikely crossroads of community and solitude, isolation and claustrophobia.” The only land access is via the longest rail and highway tunnel in North America. Ninety percent of the town’s population of just over two hundred people live in one fourteen-story building. Kinney’s ongoing project looks at “how the structures that people inhabit shape and order their lives; how, in turn, people construct, alter, and destroy spaces; and how these constant renovations to our physical world mirror changes in the stories that we tell ourselves, and how we structure our lives to these stories.”
To read some of Jen Kinney’s writing for City Under One Roof, see the Winter 2014 issue of Document.
Lange-Taylor Prizewinning projects are included in the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Library.
On November 3, Duke University’s Forum for Scholars and Publics will host two events—a lunchtime conversation and a screening—with award-winning Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck. Both events are free and open to the public.
Lunch with Raoul Peck
Monday, November 3, 12–1:15 p.m.
Forum for Scholars & Publics, 011 Old Chemistry, Duke West Campus
415 Chapel Dr., Durham, North Carolina (Directions)
A lunchtime discussion that will focus on decolonizing film and the difference between representations of Africa and the Caribbean by “outsiders” and “insiders.” A light lunch will be served.
Screening of Fatal Assistance
Monday, November 3; reception at 5:30 p.m., screening at 6:15 p.m.
Nasher Museum of Art
2001 Campus Dr., Durham, North Carolina (Directions)
Peck’s documentary charts a two-year journey into the post-disaster reconstruction process in Haiti, revealing the complexities and failures of humanitarian aid following the 2010 earthquake. A reception will precede the screening; following the film, Peck and author Jonathan Katz will participate in a Q&A session. Watch a trailer for Fatal Assistance.
For more information about Raoul Peck and the events, click here.
Established in 1989 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 University, in recognition of his lifetime accomplishments and his dedication to students and teaching.
Applicants must be registered undergraduate students at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. CDS welcomes both individual and collaborative proposals.
Applications for the 2015 John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards will be accepted during the month of February 2015 (postmarked no later than Monday, March 2, 2015). Click here for more information and application guidelines.
Images in the slideshow below feature the work of 2014 John Hope Franklin Award winners Diego Camposeco and Shu-Cao. Diego Camposeco’s project investigated the connection between Latinos and the North Carolina landscape through large-format photography, and Shu-Cao Mo’s project created a sustainable art curriculum for children in underprivileged communities in China.
Two 2014 John Hope Franklin award-winning projects are not featured in the slideshow above; they are Katherine Zhang’s long-form nonfiction piece on the gentrification of New York City’s Chinatown and Rinchen Dolma’s video about the prevalence of tuberculosis in the Tibetan exile community in Dharamsala, India.
We are thrilled to congratulate Duke University and Center for Documentary Studies alumni Ryan White (’04) and Ben Cotner, who have been awarded a 2014 United States Artists Fellowship from the nonprofit arts organization United States Artists. The directing and producing duo were nominated for the prestigious $50,000 award following the success of their documentary film about California’s Proposition 8 revoking same-sex marriage, The Case Against 8, for which they were also awarded the Directing Award: U.S. Documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
As one of the largest grant-making organizations in the country providing direct support to artists, United States Artists honors innovative, accomplished artists at all stages of their careers, who are nominated by their peers and field experts for the quality, imagination, and enduring potential of their work. Fellows receive an award of $50,000 to support his or her practice and professional development, opening up exciting creative possibilities through the transformative power of unrestricted financial support.
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 other documentary features have also received critical acclaim: Pelada, codirected by fellow certificate grads Gwendolyn Oxenham and Rebekah Fergusson, and Good Ol’ Freda, which premiered at SXSW and screened at numerous film festivals, including the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, before a theatrical release in fall 2013.
On October 24, the Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund will present a free screening of Jacquie Jones and Garland McLaurin’s 180 Days: Hartsville—the story of education reform efforts in a South Carolina town—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.
180 Days: Hartsville, which will premiere in spring 2015, spends a school year exploring what it takes for a small South Carolina town to meet the needs of its students during a massive reform effort. From the state’s largest corporation to one of its smallest Boy Scout troops, this community’s combined efforts have turned around test scores and graduation rates in less than five years. But is Hartsville a model or an outlier in the search for solutions to close the achievement gap? And what lessons can your community learn from Hartsville’s journey?
Jacquie Jones produces, writes, and directs documentary films. Her 2013 series for PBS, 180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School, won a Peabody Award, a Gracie Award, and was a finalist for the Media for a Just Society Award for best film and an IDA Award for best limited series. Her other work includes Africans in America: America’s Journey Through Slavery (also a Peabody winner), From Behind Closed Doors: Sex in the 20th Century and the series Matters of Race. Jones is the former executive director of the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), a media arts organization that funds, distributes, and produces public interest media for all platforms.
Garland McLaurin works in television and film in the United States and abroad. He served as co-cinematographer on Wes Moore’s Coming Back documentary series highlighting veterans and on the award-winning documentary The New Black by filmmaker Yoruba Richen, which explores the fight for marriage equality in the African American community. Other professional credits include: field producing on CNN’s Black in America 4, producer/shooter for WAMU 88.5 American University, BET’s special Homecoming: The Killing of DJ Henry, and digital media work for Black Public Media, Time.com, the New York Times and National Geographic.
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.
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 Duke Activist-in-Residence 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.
Spaces remain in several upcoming Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education classes, all with start dates in October. Classes are either held at the CDS or online through a virtual session. For more information, class details, and to register, click the class links below.
Story Collecting: Methods and Practices in Modern History (Nora Wheatherby)
Friday, October 17, 6-9 p.m / Saturday, October 18, 10 a.m-5 p.m. / Sunday, October 19, 10:00 a.m.-2 p.m.
This weekend workshop will introduce students to the practice of oral history and the art of listening. The workshop will include discussion, listening exercises, guest speakers, and practice interviews.
Documentary and the Three-Act Structure ONLINE | ON-SITE (Joshua Dasal)
Online: Saturday, October 18, 1-5 p.m.
On-Site: Mondays, October 20-December 8, 7-9 p.m.
In this class, students will view and learn to dissect narrative films for the elements of traditional three-act structure and apply those lessons to their own work. Students will not only identify ways to adapt their subject matter to the appetite of a story-hungry contemporary documentary audience but also learn how to deliver commercially viable documentary films for today’s selective environment. *Please note that this course is offered in an online format as well as an on-site format. See links above for details.
The Short Subject Audio Documentary ONLINE (Sarah Reynolds)
Wednesdays, October 22-December 3, 7-9 p.m.
Four to six minute, “feature length” radio stories have become a de facto standard for independent producers. In this class, students will produce a complete story that runs under six minutes, with a varied mix of voice, ambient sound, and narration. *Please note that this course is offered in an online format and will not physically meet at CDS but will instead take place in a virtual session.
The Short Subject, Photography (Bryce Lankard)
Thursday, October 23, 7-9 p.m / Saturday, October 25, 10 a.m-5 p.m. / Thursday, October 30 7-9 p.m.
In this workshop, we’ll approach a time-limited subject as a communal project in order to gain a deeper sense of story. Each student will find his or her own angle, and in combination, we’ll collect a well-rounded, multifaceted portrait. *Please note that this semester’s class will document the North Carolina State Fair, which takes place October 16–26. Class will meet at CDS on Thursday, October 23 from 7–9 p.m.; at the fairgrounds on Saturday, October 25 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; and at CDS on Thursday, October 30 from 7–9 p.m.
Writing Documentary Nonfiction ONLINE (Andrea Applebee)
Thursdays, October 23-December 4, 7-9 p.m.
This six-week workshop is designed to explore strategies for composing a variety of documentary nonfiction, including journalistic pieces, photo essays, and creative nonfiction. The workshop will become a collaborative community in which participants will explore diverse writers, discuss various writing styles, discover their own literary voice, and workshop their own nonfiction essays with the goal of a completed work by the end of the course. *Please note that this course is offered in an online format and will not physically meet at CDS but will instead take place in a virtual session.
Friday, October 17:
5-8 p.m. | Picture Books Book Signing with Invited Local Authors and Publishers
Power Plant Gallery, American Tobacco Campus / 320 Blackwell Street, Durham, North Carolina
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
7:30 p.m. | Third Friday Screening of 1971*
Full Frame Theater, American Tobacco Campus / 320 Blackwell St., Durham, North Carolina
*Please Note: Event tickets have now sold out. There will be a last minute line at the venue to accommodate any last minute cancellations/no-shows.
Saturday, October 18:
6:30 p.m. | Ragpicker Presentation and Reception with Steve Roden
Full Frame Theater, American Tobacco Campus / 320 Blackwell Street, Durham, North Carolina
Sunday, October 19:
3-4:30 p.m. | CDS Director Wesley Hogan Speaks at Durham County Library, SNCC and John Lewis
Durham County Library, Main Branch / 300 North Roxboro St., Durham, North Carolina
Johanna Hamilton’s feature documentary 1971 will screen for free at Full Frame Theater on October 17 as part of Durham’s Third Friday and on October 24 as part of the Full Frame Road Show presented by PNC. Immediately following the October 24 screening, there will be a Q&A with film director Johanna Hamilton and film subject Betty Medsger.
The FBI was unaccountable and untouchable until 1971, when a group of ordinary citizens uncovered its illegal domestic spying programs. On March 8, 1971, The Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI, as they called themselves, broke into a small FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, took every file, and shared them with the American public. These actions exposed COINTELPRO, the FBI’s illegal surveillance program that involved the intimidation of law-abiding Americans and helped lead to the country’s first Congressional investigation of U.S. intelligence agencies. Never caught, forty-three years later, these everyday Americans—parents, teachers and citizens—publicly reveal themselves for the first time and share their story in the documentary 1971. View trailer.
Friday, October 17, 7:30 p.m.
Full Frame Theater, Power Plant Building, American Tobacco Campus
320 Blackwell St., Durham, North Carolina
Friday, October 24, 7:30 p.m.
William and Ida Friday Center, UNC Chapel Hill Campus
100 Friday Center Dr., Chapel Hill, North Carolina
For more information, including other upcoming Full Frame programming, click here. Note that while Full Frame Third Friday and Road Show screenings are free, all attendees must reserve a ticket via Eventbrite, available at 9 a.m. on the day of the event.
The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies.