Documentary Video Institute


In this eight-day intensive, students are fully immersed in the process of documentary filmmaking. Working in small production teams (one instructor for every four students) led by experienced documentary filmmakers, you will be introduced to an array of tools and techniques as you collaborate with a partner to direct, shoot, edit, and screen a documentary short. By the time you arrive at the institute, we will have arranged for you to do fieldwork in the Durham community on a documentary subject; you will then work with your partner to decide on the technical and creative approach you want to take with your project. We will also explore different documentary genres and discuss collaboration, ethics, and community outreach. Examples of previous students’ projects can be found here. (48 hours)

Additional information:
Most days include a mandatory evening presentation. Additional information will be emailed to registered students prior to the institute. The enrollment fee includes dinner the first night and all lunches during the week. Students are responsible for housing and transportation. Cameras will be provided.

Hours for the institute are:
Saturday, June 18: 1 p.m.–9 p.m.
Sunday–Friday, June 19–24: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday, June 25: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

The institute concludes Saturday, with a public presentation of student work ending at 3 p.m.


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