Noctambules: Queer Nightlife in Port-au-Prince, an exhibition of photographs by Haitian photographer Josué Azor, is coming to Duke’s campus. Part of a two-day symposium at Duke on performance, gender, and sexuality in Haiti, the exhibit opens October 29 in Friedl Hall on Duke’s East Campus and will run through the end of the semester. Noctambules is an ongoing project that documents queer nightlife and underground social spaces in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as a testament to the existence and artful survival of gender and sexual nonconforming Haitians.
Noctambules: Queer Nightlife in Port-au-Prince Exhibit
October 29–December 11, 2015
Jameson Gallery, Friedl Hall
1316 Campus Dr., Durham, NC
Sponsored by Duke’s African and African American Studies Department, the FHI John Hope Franklin Afro-Diasporic Humanities Legacies series, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the Program in Women’s Studies, the Haiti Lab, Romance Studies, and the Center for Documentary Studies.
The hallmark of the personal essay or memoir is intimacy—the way a writer seems to whisper directly into the reader’s ear, conveying everything from gossip to wisdom. How does the memoirist build a relationship with her reader, establishing herself as a trustworthy companion worth sticking with until the last page?
Join instructor and author Krista Bremer in a new class from the Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education program, The Art of Memoir, in which students will explore the art of transforming lived experience into literature through a six-week workshop. Students will read and discuss great personal essays, then will revise their own work, with a focus on transforming oneself and others into characters, creating a sense of closeness with the reader, uncovering the political dimensions of personal experience, and turning memory fragments into a seamless body of work.
Krista Bremer is the author of the memoir A Tender Struggle: Story of a Marriage (formerly My Accidental Jihad: A Love Story.) Her award-winning essays have appeared in national and international magazines and news outlets including the New York Times Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, CNN, MSN, MORE, The Sun, and the Sunday Times (London). Bremer’s work has been featured on NPR, and she has appeared in the PBS series Arab American Stories. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a Pushcart Prize, a North Carolina Arts Fellowship, and a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, Ismail, and their two children and works as associate publisher of The Sun. You can follow her on Twitter here.
Put these two dates on your calendar: the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will host two FREE screenings of 2015 festival favorite The Wolfpack in the Triangle area this month. A Third Friday screening in Durham and a screening in Carrboro are both part of the Full Frame Road Show presented by PNC. Director Crystal Moselle’s film won the 2015 Sundance Grand Jury Prize / U.S. Documentary and has received widespread critical acclaim.
*While both screenings are free, all attendees must reserve a ticket via Eventbrite, available at 9 a.m. on the day of the event.
The Wolfpack is a complex, stranger-than-fiction tale of an unusual family, as well as a story of isolation, discovery, and the power of film. The six Angulo brothers and their disabled older sister have spent their whole lives in a cramped housing project on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, locked away from the outside world. Homeschooled by their hippie American mother and forbidden from leaving their apartment on all but the rarest of occasions by their Peruvian-born Hare Krishna father, the brothers—nicknamed the Wolfpack—rely on a collection of thousands of movies as an outlet to the outside world. They watch films obsessively, transcribing scripts and creating homemade props and costumes for elaborate movie reenactments that they then film themselves. Director Crystal Moselle meets the brothers just as they are at a crossroads: one of them, Mukunda, has snuck out of the house in a Michael Myers Halloween mask, paving the way for the other brothers to begin venturing out, too.
For more information, including other upcoming Full Frame programming, click here. .
The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies.
The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of director Tom Hansell’s After Coal, about the new futures being built in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky and South Wales. The film is presented as part of the Fresh Docs series featuring documentary works-in-progress; following the screenings, SDF director Rachel Raney moderates a conversation with the filmmaker(s) during which the audience provides valuable feedback.
Note: Fresh Docs screenings are free, but attendees must RESERVE A TICKET via Eventbrite.
What happens when fossil fuels run out? After Coal explores the Welsh and Appalachian experience with coal, profiling inspiring individuals who are creating a new future in these hard hit communities. Viewers will meet ex-miners who are using theater to rebuild community infrastructure, women who started out supporting striking miners and ended up forging their own paths, and young people striving to stay in their home communities. Music plays a major role in the film as a link between the two regions and a source of cultural continuity that sustains communities through devastating change.
Tom Hansell’s documentary work has been broadcast nationally on public television and has screened at international film festivals. He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council, the Independent Television Service (ITVS), and the National Endowment for the Arts. Hansell’s most recent documentary project, The Electricity Fairy screened at the Museum of Modern Art and was selected by the Southern Arts Association for the Southern Circuit tour of independent filmmakers. Hansell teaches for the Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University in Boone North Carolina. After Coal is his first international project.
Filmmaker/photographer Katina Parker—a CDS continuing education instructor—has returned to her longstanding work of telling the story of the black struggle for freedom in America. Beginning as a college student documenting the Million Man March in 1995, Parker has continued her work by documenting the Black Lives Matter movement in photography and film as it unfolds in Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, and elsewhere.
PBS Black Culture Connection recently profiled Parker’s One Million Strong and Black Lives Matter collections as a part of their series MOVEMENTS: Behind the Lens of the Black Civil Rights Movement, 1940-2015. Read more and watch Parker’s stories. CDS audio director John Biewen recorded the audio for the One Million Strong interviews, and CDS continuing ed student Kellie Hamilton recorded the audio for the pieces from Ferguson, Missouri.
Follow Katina Parker on Twitter.
The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of director Bill Hayes’s The Real Mayberry, a film about the past, present and future of Andy Griffith’s hometown of Mt. Airy, North Carolina. The film is presented as part of the Fresh Docs series featuring documentary works-in-progress; following the screenings, SDF director Rachel Raney moderates a conversation with the filmmaker(s) during which the audience provides valuable feedback.
The Real Mayberry
Friday, November 13, 7 p.m.
Full Frame Theater, American Tobacco Campus
320 Blackwell St., Durham, North Carolina
Note: Fresh Docs screenings are free, but attendees must reserve a ticket via Eventbrite. Check back closer to the event date for a ticket link.
The Real Mayberry is a film about the past, present and future of Andy Griffith’s hometown of Mt. Airy, NC. We see that Mt. Airy is and is not the town that Andy grew up in. It is a factory town that lost roughly 10,000 jobs in a short period of time and is still recovering. Can the way this small town in the foothills of North Carolina takes on this mighty challenge help other small towns across America?
Bill Hayes is the Founder and President of Figure 8 Films. Since its beginning in 1992, Bill has produced, directed or executive produced over 770 programs for the Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, National Geographic, UP and DIY. Among those shows are numerous award-winners and some of the highest rated shows ever on cable television. Currently he is an Executive Producer for five series being broadcast on three different networks. His company, Figure 8 Films, is listed by Real Screen Magazine as one of the top 100 non fiction television production companies in the world.
Question Bridge: Black Males, a documentary-styled video art installation that explores critically challenging issues within the African American male community, is on view at the Power Plant Gallery in Durham, North Carolina, from September 8–November 21, 2015. The gallery is an initiative of the Center for Documentary Studies and MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University.
Exhibit-related programming includes a reception and artist’s talk and a Blueprint Roundtable.
Reception & Artist’s Talk with Bayeté Ross Smith
Wednesday, September 30, 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. artist’s talk
Center for Documentary Studies
1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina
Blueprint Roundtable (Panel and Community Discussion)
Thursday, October 1, 7 p.m.
Hayti Heritage Center
804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham, North Carolina
Question Bridge is an innovative transmedia project by artists Chris Johnson, Hank Willis Thomas, Bayeté Ross Smith, and Kamal Sinclair that facilitates a dialogue between a critical mass of black men from diverse and contending backgrounds, creating a platform for them to represent and redefine black male identity in America. The project provides a safe setting for honest expression on themes that divide, unite, and puzzle black males today in the United States. Read more about Question Bridge and Bayeté Ross Smith on the Power Plant Gallery’s website.
Have you heard? Four instructors and alums of the Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education program have crowded the awards field in Third Coast International Audio Festival’s recent Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.
Out of nine overall winners, CDS instructors Lauren Spohrer and Phoebe Judge (of the popular podcast Criminal) were recognized for their piece “695BGK“ and work by alums Briana Breen (“The Living Room“) and Sam Greenspan (“Structural Integrity“) was also selected. Third Coast will reveal “Who-Won-What” on October 24th at an Awards Ceremony hosted by Mike Pesca as part of their 2015 Third Coast Filmless Festival, with prizes awarded in the following categories: Director’s Choice Award, Best News Feature, Best New Artist Award, Radio Impact Award, and the Skylarking Award.
Listen to all nine of the winning entries in the 2015 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition here.
The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to host a book discussion group organized by Duke Archive of Documentary Arts (ADA) curator Lisa McCarty (MFA|EDA ’13; 2013–14 CDS exhibitions intern). At the ADA Photobook Club’s third meeting, the group will focus on The Sweet Flypaper of Life by Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes.
Tuesday, September 29, 6–7:30 p.m.
Center for Documentary Studies Library
1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina
Directions (free street parking)
Three editions of the photobook are on reserve at Duke’s David M. Rubenstein Library for public use prior to the meeting. Examine these editions for yourself in person, and/or read more about the book in The History of the Photobook Volume II or The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century. Read more about DeCarava on NPR and Decarava.org
Meetings are free and open to the public; BYOB beverage and/or snack. Contact: ADA curator Lisa McCarty, email@example.com.
The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to present the second episode of our new podcast, Scene on Radio. Produced and hosted by CDS audio director John Biewen, the biweekly podcast asks, How’s it going out there? And leaves the studio to find out, capturing the sounds of life happening and telling stories that explore human experience and American society. Scene on Radio will offer listeners a biweekly dose of new stories produced by Biewen, the best pieces made by our students, and occasional gems plucked from the CDS radio archives. Read more here.
Enjoy Scene on Radio Episode 2, “Friends and Basketball,” and subscribe to future episodes at sceneonradio.org.
The second episode of Scene on Radio features another story from Contested, a Biewen-produced audio series that he describes as “listening in on life in America through sports.” Episode 2—”Friends and Basketball”—asks the question, “can the camaraderie of a team sport make race and class status ‘disappear’ for the kids involved or their parents?” Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen hangs with a girls’ high school basketball team in suburban St. Louis, Missouri to test the idea.