Special Topics / General Interest



Documentary and the Three-Act Structure Workshop (Onsite and Online)
 

Documentarians are storytellers. Engaging audiences means developing strong narratives, clear subjects, and taking the viewer on a journey. This requires understanding the desires of a modern documentary audience and the structural tools that can help meet those needs. In this class, learn how three-act, Hollywood-style narrative structure may be applied to documentaries for maximum impact, and dissect film clips for the structure’s elements. Discover its application to your work, uncovering how to produce more resonant, more entertaining, and ultimately more memorable documentaries. Learn how structure helps you deliver more commercially viable documentaries, as well as how it can inform production concerns like budgets, timelines, and physical resources. Added value may be gained in pairing this course with Writing the Documentary Script. (6 hours / All levels)


Josh Dasal is an Emmy-winning film and television director-producer-writer, video marketer, and co-producer of the podcast, ArtCurious. He has created/consulted for outlets like Discovery Channel, PBS, Sony Screen Gems, and director Wes Craven, as well as producing content for businesses like IBM, ADP, and the North Carolina Museum of Art. He began teaching at the Center for Documentary Studies in 2010, and served as an instructor at UNC-Chapel Hill and Missouri State University. Josh holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California School of Cinema-TV in screenwriting, and his work has screened at venues including the Mann Theatres on Hollywood Boulevard and the Director’s Guild. He is the founder of Kaboonki, a video and podcast production firm.



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Center for Documentary Studies
Room 201
Dasal 9/7 - 9/7 Sa 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM $160.00 View

Family: Reinterpreting the Personal Archive (Online)
 


So often, photo albums and other repositories of memory are tucked away in basements or drawers and remain untouched, but the web of family is and can be a rich source of inspiration and analysis for artists and documentarians. This workshop is a stepping stone for new and seasoned documentarians to embark on family investigations, while becoming exposed to makers within the realm of documentary arts. Through group discussion and individual investigation, students will utilize writing, photography, and their personal objects to creatively interpret family archives. Past students have created projects based on folklore, oral storytelling, material objects, parallel family stories, archival photographs, and migration. Students will have the opportunity to discuss ethical practice when working with family, expansive notions of family, and the role of ancestry DNA in family work. (12 hours / All levels)


Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not meet at CDS but will instead take place in regularly scheduled virtual sessions.


Kamal Badhey is an educator, photographer, and documentarian based in New York City. She is a member of the South Asian Women's Creative Collective and the Urban Photographers Association. She graduated with a masters in photography and urban cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London and in museum education from Bank Street College. Her work has been exhibited widely in New York City, London, Lisbon, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee. Portals and Passageways, a project of the South Asian diaspora traces her jeweler ancestors to a bazaar in Secunderabad, India. Kamal was a CDS Lewis Hine Fellow in 2016–17 and is currently a fellow for the Claremont Documentary Project. She is an educator at the Bronx Documentary Center and Parsons School of Design.


There will be no class on November 28 (Thanksgiving.)



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Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Badhey 10/24 - 12/5 Th 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM $290.00 View

Independent Study
 
This permission-only course is designed for students to work with a mentor on one specific project, in any medium, in four two-hour sessions (or a mutually agreed-upon equivalent) over the course of four months. Dates and times arranged by the student and mentor. (Intermediate-Advanced/8 hours)

Please contact [email protected] to request permission for an independent study.

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Center for Documentary Studies
CDS Auditorium
Walton TBD TBD TBD $500.00 View

Intensive Introduction to Documentary Studies: Ethics and Practice
 


This intensive, weeklong class is designed for distance students who are pursuing the Certificate in Documentary Arts and fulfills their introductory course requirement, but it is also ideal for any student wishing to get a grasp of the basic history and principles of documentary work. This course will feature a variety of guest speakers, including photographers, filmmakers, writers, and audio producers. We emphasize not only methodologies but also philosophies and ethics of fieldwork in different settings. Students will explore examples of fieldwork and at the final meeting will present project proposals of their own. These proposals may be the beginning of long-term documentary initiatives or simply a means to help decide on the direction of a future project. (38 hours)

Michelle Lanier is the newly appointed director of the N.C. Division of State Historic Sites and Properties. She was formerly the acting director of North Carolina’s African American Heritage Commission and Curator of Multicultural Initiatives with North Carolina’s State Historic Sites. She has been an instructor at CDS since 2000. She uses her background as an oral historian and folklorist to connect communities around personal narratives and cultural expression. She has traveled to Panama and Ghana to document African Diaspora funerary traditions, and her ethnographic work in a South Carolina Gullah community led to her role as a liaison to the Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. Growing up in a family that includes veterans of five American wars has inspired her current work, training students to collect veterans’ narratives.

Joy Salyers is a folklorist and a professional adviser on ethical and effective practice for individuals, organizations, and projects. She helps clients place an honest and compassionate assessment of themselves into the context of the systems within which they work. Salyers is also a writer, performer, and lecturer. She serves on advisory groups for several current documentary projects, and has taught in CDS’s Continuing Education program for more than a decade. See www.joysalyers.com.

Additional information:
The enrollment fee includes dinner the first night. Students are responsible for all other meals, housing, and transportation.

Section A
Taught by Michelle Lanier
Sunday, June 9: 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
Monday–Thursday, June 9–13: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday, June 14: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Section B
Taught by Joy Salyers
Sunday, August 4: 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
Monday–Thursday, August 5–8: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday, August 9: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

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ST515SU19B
Center for Documentary Studies
Room 201
Lanier 8/4 - 8/9 Mo Tu We Th Fr Su 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM $525.00 View

Introduction to Documentary Studies: Ethics and Practice
 


This course is designed for students in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program or those who plan to enroll. The documentary arts—including photography, video, audio, and writing—encompass many genres and numerous means of interacting with the world and its people. Instruction will focus on methodologies as well as philosophies and ethics of fieldwork in different settings. Students will explore examples of documentary work and will present project ideas of their own in the final session. (20 hours / All levels)


Joy Salyers is a folklorist and a professional adviser on ethical and effective practice for individuals, organizations, and projects. She helps clients place an honest and compassionate assessment of themselves into the context of the systems within which they work. Salyers is also a writer, performer, and lecturer. She serves on advisory groups for several current documentary projects, and has taught in CDS’s continuing education program for more than a decade. joysalyers.com



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ST101PFA19
Center for Documentary Studies
CDS Library
Salyers 10/22 - 12/10 Tu 06:15 PM - 08:45 PM $290.00 View

Introduction to Documentary Studies: Traditions (Online)
 



This course is designed for students in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program or those who plan to enroll; it’s also suited to non-certificate students with a general interest in interdisciplinary traditions of documentary work, with an emphasis on twentieth-century practice. Students will be introduced to a range of documentary idioms and voices, including the work of photographers, filmmakers, oral historians, folklorists, musicologists, radio documentarians, and writers. (16 hours/All levels)


Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not meet at CDS but will instead take place in regularly scheduled virtual sessions.


Joy Salyers is a folklorist and a professional adviser on ethical and effective practice for individuals, organizations, and projects. She helps clients place an honest and compassionate assessment of themselves into the context of the systems within which they work. Salyers is also a writer, performer, and lecturer. She serves on advisory groups for several current documentary projects, and has taught in CDS’s continuing education program for more than a decade. joysalyers.com



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ST101ToFA19
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Salyers 9/12 - 10/17 Th 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $295.00 View

The Doc Proposal
 

In this one-day workshop, we will discuss potential documentary-film funding resources while focusing on a general guideline for writing a funding proposal, one that you will be able to use for most grants and funding applications. Students will draft a logline and a story synopsis for a current or future documentary project idea and have the opportunity to give and receive feedback from the instructor and your peers. We will also discuss the artistic vision and potential aesthetics for each project and how to incorporate these elements in a documentary proposal. (5 hours / All levels)


Naz is a filmmaker and an educator with over fourteen years of experience in film and media production. She has produced short films and documentaries for public television, nonprofit institutes, and corporate media. She had her first teaching experience when she was a graduate student in media arts at the University of Arizona. Since then, Naz has organized and taught digital storytelling and video production workshops for minority youth and community members. More recently, she taught film production, storytelling, and theory courses at the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham where she was the lead faculty in the Digital Film and Video Production Program. She is currently editing her documentary, a story of loss and grief, and working on an animation script. Naz lives in Durham, collaborates with local and international filmmakers, serves in various capacities for local nonprofit organizations, and bakes lots of cookies around the holidays.



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DCPRP101FA19
Center for Documentary Studies
CDS Library
Knudsen 12/7 - 12/7 Sa 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM $170.00 View

The South in Black and White
 



Through the lens of documentary traditions in the American South, this course will engage in a call and response between black and white cultures in a region where democracy has been envisioned and embattled with global consequences. The course will cover history and culture as documented in spirituals, gospel, blues, and rock and roll; civil rights photography; southern literature; and historical and autobiographical writing. Readings will include work by historians such as W.E.B. Du Bois, C. Vann Woodward, John Hope Franklin, as well as the literary achievements of Richard Wright, Zora Neal Hurston, and Ernest Gaines along with white counterparts William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, and Lillian Smith, among others. Classes will include lectures, music, poetry, film clips, discussion, and visitors. See a promotional video for the class here. (38 hours)

Timothy B. Tyson
, author of Blood Done Sign My Name and other award-winning books, is a senior research scholar at CDS and Visiting Professor of American Christianity and Southern Culture in the Divinity School at Duke. Blood Done Sign My Name, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the Christopher Award and the North Caroliniana Book Award, was the 2005 selection of the Carolina Summer Reading Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, assigned to all new undergraduate students. Tyson’s previous book, Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power (UNC Press, 1999) won the James Rawley Prize and was co-winner of the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize, both from the Organization of American Historians. He also co-edited, with David S. Cecelski, Democracy Betrayed: The Wilmington Race Riot of 1898 and Its Legacy (UNC Press, 1998), which won the 1999 Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America. Tyson was a John Hope Franklin Senior Fellow at the National Humanities Center in 2004–05. He is a North Carolina native and a graduate of Duke (M.A. ’91, Ph.D. ’94). 

Mary Williams is a performer and scholar of African American musical traditions and has performed all over the United States as well as in Paris. Williams has co-instructed "The South in Black and White" and taught other community-based courses for more than seven years. Working in feature films and documentary theater, she is a frequent collaborator with fellow CDS instructors Tim Tyson and Mike Wiley. She is currently working on a Mahalia Jackson stage play.

Michael Betts is a student in the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program at Duke University (’20) and a graduate assistant working on the DocX lab’s experimental site, CDS Shortwave.


Additional Information:
This 15-week hybrid course follows the Duke academic calendar and will combine continuing education students with Duke undergraduates. Continuing education students are required to complete all assigned coursework.

Continuing education students are required to take the final exam, the date is December 11, from 7:00 to 10:00pm. 

There will no class on Tuesday October 8. 

 



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Full Frame Theater
Tyson 8/27 - 12/3 Tu 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM $160.00 View

Understanding Lightroom: Streamlined Editing and Workflow
 


This course will cover editing photos in Adobe Lightroom as well as file organization, file storage, and workflow. We will learn how to cull, process, and store image files in a way that will make your life easier, especially if you are working with large libraries of files. This class will also cover how to keep your digital files securely stored, so that you can minimize the risk of losing your photos. By the end of this course, you will have had time to explore and become more comfortable with Lightroom. (18 hours / All levels)


Ana Teresa Galizes is a portrait photographer as well as a visual art and design instructor. She is originally from Lisbon, Portugal, but has called North Carolina home for the last twenty years. She graduated from Peace College and North Carolina State University with degrees in communication and has spent the last ten years concentrating on freelance photography and design.



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UL101FA19
Center for Documentary Studies
Room 201
Teresa Galizes 10/28 - 12/2 Mo 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM $300.00 View