An exhibit of photographs made by young patients and their Duke student mentors—Children and the Experience of Illness—will be on view at the Hand Gallery on the first floor of the Duke North Hospital through May 12, with an opening reception on April 24:
Thursday, April 24, 4:30–6 p.m.
Duke North Hospital, First Floor, Hand Gallery
2301 Erwin Road, Durham, North Carolina
Duke undergraduates in Children and the Experience of Illness, a class at the Center for Documentary Studies taught by Dr. John Moses, work closely with a child to teach them how to use a camera as a means of exploring illness, experienced by either the child or another family member. Students also conduct their own documentary photography work.
Six Continuing Education students at the Center for Documentary Studies will graduate this spring from the Certificate in Documentary Arts program, having completed a structured sequence of courses culminating with a Final Seminar taught by folklorist and filmmaker Nancy Kalow. They will present their final projects and receive their certificates at a graduation event at the Full Frame Theater, followed by a reception.
During the Final Seminar, students finish a substantial documentary work—projects that often move out into the world in the form of exhibits, installations, screenings, websites, audio shows, and more. Here, the six Certificate in Documentary Arts graduates and their projects:
Michelle Hanes | Inscape | Multimedia video
An intimate glimpse into the studios of four artists located inside the historic Inscape Arts building, a Seattle landmark that once housed dark memories. The artists’ relationship to the physical space and the community they’ve established within it reveals how Inscape influences their work.
Photographer Michelle Hanes moved from Seattle to study filmmaking, writing, and audio at CDS and to earn her Masters of Liberal Studies at Duke. Now back home, she is continuing her documentary work with a multimedia project about a community of early-onset-memory-loss patients and a master’s thesis about photographers who give cameras to children so they can document their own lives.
Jane Marsh | Invitation to Trespass | Multimedia
A story of unconditional love and the unlikely friendship between Mr. Smylie, an older man in poor health, and Jane, a younger, energetic lady who volunteers for the American Cancer Society. The piece is woven together through Smylie’s archival photographs from post–World War II Europe while serving in the Air Force, and Jane’s photos of Smylie taken decades later.
Jane Marsh was born and raised in High Point, North Carolina, fertile ground to explore her first creative loves, still photography and film. Within the many commercial photographic studios that service the home furnishings industries in High Point, she conceived, produced, sold, and marketed editorial and advertising photography. Marsh worked as a set and interior designer before enrolling in classes at CDS in 2010 to pursue her dream of telling an authentic story about a man she did not want society to overlook or disregard.
Hanes Motsinger | The Roots of a Porcelain Rose | Audio
The story of Luziela de Jesus Gaspar-Martins, a woman Hanes Motsinger met at the University of Sussex in Falmer, England, in 2009. By age 31, “Luzi” had lived, worked, and studied in countless countries around the world, spending only nine years in her country of birth, Angola. In this audio documentary, Luzi reflects on her experiences to make sense of the people, places, sounds, smells, and tastes she calls “home.”
Hanes Motsinger grew up among the tobacco fields of Surry County in the North Carolina foothills. At age 22, inspired by dreams of becoming an international development professional and expatriate, she began a journey around the world with camera and pen in hand. The experience nourished her longing to tell stories that advance cross-cultural understanding and fostered her desire to advocate for social change in the United States. In March 2012, Motsinger landed at CDS, finding inspiration in the ways teachers, friends, family members, and strangers tell stories.
Mary Samouelian | The Guardians of History | Audio and Photography
The story of seven archivists working in the Technical Services department of Duke University’s Rubenstein Library. Through photography and audio, Guardians explores why we archivists do what we do and how our work makes it possible for researchers, historians, writers, and the general public to discover and experience intimate connections between their lives and historical materials.
Mary Samouelian is the Abraham Joshua Heschel Processing Archivist at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University. She is an avid photographer and intrepid documentarian. In 2011, she enrolled at CDS to expand her knowledge of documentary art forms and to explore different media for telling stories.
Brooke Darrah Shuman | Findings | Video
The study of chimpanzees in laboratories began in the 1930s, when Robert Yerkes purchased two baby chimps that had been captured in the wild. This short video looks at the history of our closest evolutionary relatives in labs, in entertainment, and in the field, using archival footage, with special attention paid to one of the most famous primatologists, Jane Goodall. [Image: "Miss Goodall and the Wild Chimpanzees," 1965, National Geographic]
Brooke Darrah Shuman moved to Durham after she took a weeklong video course at CDS and found the heat, the trains, and the barbecue too good to pass up. With some friends she met at the Center, Shuman helped start Vittles Films, a documentary collective that makes art about food systems and culture in the American South. Her video work with Vittles has appeared on the Oxford American, IndyWeek, and Southern Foodways Alliance websites, and her radio work has aired on WNYC’s Studio360 and Maine Public Radio.
Leanne Simon | Looking Around: A Memoir | Writing, presented with multimedia
A self-described “dreadful avalanche of a child,” Leanne leaves her troubled home life at the age of fourteen, setting off on what she thinks will be a grand adventure. She is in search of what she considers her missing piece—family. On her many travels through city streets and jailhouse yards, she instead finds a string of dysfunctional relationships, life on the run, and drug addiction. At twenty-six, she is hooked on heroin, married to a batterer, and pregnant. When DSS takes the baby away, she discovers the true meaning of family and reclaims her power. In her journey to recover her son, she also discovers what she had been looking for all along: quiet.
A lifelong writer and photographer, Leanne Simon was brought to documentary arts through her work in social justice. Since 2009, she has produced numerous videos and photo essays that have been used to help raise awareness of local and international issues and to spur communities to action.
On April 27, eight Duke University students graduating with a Certificate in Documentary Studies—a program that attracts undergraduates to the Center for Documentary Studies from across the arts and sciences—will present their final projects to the public and receive their certificates, followed by a celebratory BBQ. Congratulations to William Baumgartner, Danzhou Duojie, Adrienne Harreveld, Jordan Imbrey, Katia Griffin-Jakymec, David Mayer, Natalie Robles, and Yvette Vasquez.
Sunday, April 27
Project presentations: 3:30–6 p.m.
BBQ: 6 p.m. on
Center for Documentary Studies
1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina
Under the guidance of Alex Harris and Libi Striegl (and Nancy Kalow in the case of William Baumgartner), the students completed a final project in a Capstone Seminar as the culmination of their documentary studies classes. Read bios of the students and descriptions of their projects here.
In My Mind, called “a masterpiece of music documentary craft” by Slant magazine, was directed by Center for Documentary Studies instructor Gary Hawkins; it was filmed as part of his Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking Course in the spring of 2009, with students participating in the shooting. The feature documentary will screen as part of the 2014 Art of Cool Festival in Durham, North Carolina.
Saturday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.
Full Frame Theater, Power Plant building, American Tobacco Campus
320 Blackwell St., Durham, North Carolina
In My Mind traces the creation and performance of jazz pianist Jason Moran’s interpretation of a legendary Thelonious Monk performance in 1959. Moran’s tribute, a vivid multimedia performance by Moran and the Big Bandwagon, incorporated audio recordings and images made by noted photographer W. Eugene Smith. The project grew out of Moran’s residency at Duke University and the Jazz Loft Project at the Center for Documentary Studies, a ten-year initiative researching the stories from the loft building where Smith captured the late-night jazz scene. In My Mind premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in 2010.
The Art of Cool Festival is a progressive jazz festival aimed at expanding the audience for jazz and soul music. See the full festival lineup here.
The Lange-Taylor Prize, re-launched in 2013 by the Center for Documentary Studies, supports documentary artists—working alone or in teams—who are involved in extended, ongoing fieldwork projects that rely on and exploit, in intriguing and effective ways, the interplay of words and images in the creation and presentation of their work.
The guidelines were updated in 2011 to expand on the idea of “writing” by allowing words to be represented by audio or in graphic novel format. Edited oral histories, creative narratives, and poetry (that is both personal and social) are also encouraged. The new guidelines require that artists have already started their fieldwork. However, please note, the guidelines no longer stipulate that a writer and a photographer, i.e., two people or more, collaborate on a project. Single artists and collaborative teams working with text/audio/photographs/video/graphic novel format may apply. There are no restrictions regarding age, nationality, or subject matter.
The winner receives $10,000, a solo exhibition at the Center for Documentary Studies, and inclusion in the Archive of Documentary Arts at the David M. Rubenstein Library, Duke University. The winner will be publicly announced in September 2014; the winner’s solo exhibition will be on view at CDS in fall 2015.
The American Society of Media Photographers is sustaining sponsor of the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize.
Duke University’s Archive of Documentary Arts has partnered with the Center for Documentary Studies, Daylight Books, the Sallie Bingham Center, and SPECTRE Arts to bring documentary photographers Vincent Cianni and Mariette Pathy Allen to Durham for a series of talks, presentations, and conversations, April 23–25 (see below), culminating with a book signing and exhibition of work to celebrate the release of Allen and Cianni’s monographs, TransCuba and Gays in the Military, respectively. Allen focuses on the transgender community of Cuba, especially its growing visibility and acceptance in a transitioning country; Cianni portrays gay and lesbian veterans and service members of the U.S. military who served in silence. (Cianni’s We Skate Hardcore: Photographs from Brooklyn’s Southside, was published by the Center for Documentary Studies and New York University Press in 2004.)
Wednesday, April 23, 12 p.m.
A conversation with the artists
Center for Documentary Studies auditorium
1317 W. Pettigrew Street, Durham, North Carolina
Lunch will be provided
Thursday, April 24, 6 p.m.
Artists’ talk and presentation
SPECTRE Arts patio
1004 Morning Glory Ave., Durham, North Carolina
Friday, April 25, 6 p.m.
Book signing and exhibit opening
Daylight Project Space
121 West Margaret Ln., Hillsborough, North Carolina
Duke University undergrads in instructor MJ Sharp’s Photography Workshop at the Center for Documentary Studies are putting on a pop-up show in the Duke Arts Annex featuring a selection of work from their final porfolios. A web gallery of sample work is available here.
“These students have really delved deep this semester, and I’m really proud of them,” says Sharp. “The thought of all this great work never getting out of the classroom was just wrong.” Presto, pop-up…
Friday, April 18, 4–7 p.m. (official opening at 5 p.m.)
Duke Arts Annex
404 Gattis St., Durham, North Carolina
Featured artists: Anthony Alvernaz, Shayan Asadi, Jamie Bando, Kendall Barrett, Clare Callahan, Chris Dieckhaus, Gabriela Gomez, Sarah Houck, Caroline Jacobs, Hans Lie-Nielsen, Jordan McCarthy, Samantha Schafrank, Sungmin Sohn, Julie Yi, Hilary Zarnett
Duke University’s annual Kenan Distinguished Lecture in Ethics brings a distinguished speaker to campus to address moral issues of broad social and cultural significance. The 2014 Kenan Distinguished Lecturer will be Teju Cole, author of the PEN/Hemingway Award winning novel Open City. Cole is a writer, art historian, photographer, and Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College.
Thursday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.
Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Applied Sciences
101 Science Dr., Durham, North Carolina
The lecture, titled “Here Comes Everybody: The Crisis of Equality in the Age of Social Media,” will touch on the personal and global themes raised in Open City and will incorporate other topics, such as population pressure in the city of Lagos, the use of Twitter as an activist space during the Arab revolutions, and the recent testimony by drone victims before the U.S. Congress. A reception will follow.
Sponsored by Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics; cosponsored by Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, Center for African & African American Research, Center for Documentary Studies, English Department, Forum for Scholars & Publics, Franklin Humanities Institute, and Office of the President.
Join celebrated film archivist Skip Elsheimer, founder of A/V Geeks, as he hosts Home Movie Day Durham 2014 at the Center for Documentary Studies. Home Movie Day is an annual worldwide celebration of amateur films and filmmaking held at numerous local venues around the globe—people convene to meet local film archivists, find out about the long-term benefits of film versus video and digital media, and most important, watch old family films (and learn how best to preserve them).
Anyone can participate at Home Movie Day, whether or not you have 8mm, Super8mm, or 16mm home movies (sorry, no video or slides) to share. Participants can win prizes playing home movie bingo, and equipment provided by A/V Geeks Transfer Services will allow participants to get a free transfer of their film. The event is free and open to the public.
Home Movie Day is co-sponsored by the Center for Documentary Studies and AV Geeks Transfer Services.
The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are delighted to present a work-in-progress screening of a feature documentary by filmmaker Phil Wall at the April installment of the Fresh Docs series; films in the series are free and open to the public. The Passing Game is Wall’s film on Fletcher Arritt, one of the greatest basketball coaches you’ve never heard of. Watch trailer.
The Passing Game
Friday, April 18, 7 p.m.
Full Frame Theater, Power Plant Building, American Tobacco Campus
320 Blackwell St., Durham, North Carolina
In 42 seasons at Fork Union Military Academy in rural Virginia, Arritt sent over 450 players to the collegiate ranks—including more than 200 to Division I schools—and tallied an incredible 888 wins against 280 losses. Arritt declined offers to ”advance” to the collegiate level, instead choosing to labor in obscurity at the very school that changed his life back in 1959. The Passing Game follows Arritt’s final years as a coach, and explores the philosophies that have inspired so many. Directed by one of Arritt’s former players, this feature-length documentary includes commentary from some of the great basketball coaches you have heard of: Bob Knight, Roy Williams, Tubby Smith, and Billy Donovan.
Fresh Docs features documentaries fresh from the edit suite–works-in-progress and recently completed films. Each screening is followed by a moderated conversation with the filmmaker. In the case of the works-in-progress, the audience is asked to provide valuable feedback on the piece. For completed films, the conversation focuses on the making of the work.