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DocuArts Retreat


This four-day winter institute is designed to give students traction on their projects, at whatever stage of completion. Working in small groups with accomplished practitioners, students in the early stages of their projects will gain insight into the effectiveness of different media and methodologies, with the goal of mapping a plan of attack; students midway through their projects will get perspective on the work they’ve done, with an eye toward editing down the raw material they’ve acquired and discovering what holes remain to be filled; while students nearing completion will receive advice on the finishing touches that will result in a polished piece. Guest lecturers will offer perspective on the documentary process. Groups are organized by medium, but there are plenty of opportunities for cross-fertilization.

This course is a requirement for the distance certificate and must be taken in both the first and second years. Local students seeking expert guidance and a jolt of momentum for their projects are also encouraged to attend. (24 hours/All Levels)

Additional information
Hours for the institute are:
Thursday, January 31: 5 p.m.–9 p.m. (dinner provided)
Friday, February 1: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday, February 2: 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Sunday, February 3: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

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ST600SP19
Center for Documentary Studies
CDS Auditorium
Walton 1/31 - 2/3 Th Fr Sa Su Varied $450.00 View

Family: Reinterpreting the Personal Archive (Online)


The web of family has been a constant source of inspiration for artists and documentarians. Folklore, oral storytelling, and material objects are passed down from generation to generation. Language transforms as families migrate and relocate to urban, suburban, and rural settings. Much of the time, photo albums are tucked away in basements or drawers and remain untouched.

In this workshop, we'll look at examples of family documentary as new and seasoned family researchers embark on their own investigations. Informed by group discussion, students will use writing, photography, physical objects, and other media from their personal archive to create new interpretations. We will look at buried family history, disruptions in timelines, and geographies of movement, allowing for questions surrounding ethical practice, expanding notions of family, and the role of ancestral DNA. (10 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 has a Masters in Photography and Urban Cultures from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a Masters in Museum Education from Bank Street College. Her work has been exhibited in New York, London, Lisbon, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee. Portals and Passageways, her project about her family's South Asian diaspora, traces her jeweler ancestors from a bazaar in India. She was a 2016-2017 Lewis Hine fellow and currently teaches at the Bronx Documentary Center and Parsons School of Design.

Additional Information:
A late-model computer, fast internet connection, and built-in camera are recommended, though not required. Students with less than optimal hardware or internet connections are welcome to take the course, though it may be difficult to participate fully in virtual meetings.

There will be no class on November 22 (Thanksgiving).

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ST235oFA18
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Badhey 11/8 - 12/13 Th 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $245.00 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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ST300FA18
Center for Documentary Studies
CDS Auditorium
Keith 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 10: 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
Monday–Thursday, June 11–14: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday, June 15: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Section B
Taught by Joy Salyers
Sunday, August 5: 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
Monday–Thursday, August 6–9: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday, August 10: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

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ST515SU19A
Center for Documentary Studies
Room 201
Lanier 6/9 - 6/14 Mo Tu We Th Fr Su 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM $525.00 View
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ST515SU19B
Center for Documentary Studies
Room 201
Lanier 8/4 - 8/9 Mo Tu We Th Fr Su 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM $525.00 View

Introductory Seminar in 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. See joysalyers.com.

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ST101PFA18
Center for Documentary Studies
CDS Library
Salyers 10/18 - 12/6 Th 06:15 PM - 08:45 PM $265.00 View

Writing the Documentary Script (Onsite and Online)
Your documentary films can be scripted! A well-written script can be key to structuring your film. Structure can make not only the difference between a bad film and a good film, but between a good film and a great one. To create a documentary that’s coherent in post-production, your pre-production needs to be equally coherent. One of the best ways to organize one’s research, explore new ideas, and more accurately plan for the unexpected is to write a documentary script. In this one-day workshop, students will learn the basics of writing the documentary script, including the conceptual and practical theory behind script construction, the role of story in documentary filmmaking, and proper A/V script formatting. We’ll learn the best ways to outline scenes and analyze existing A/V scripts for production and post-production needs. And we’ll use widely available script writing software which you will then use in practical exercises that demonstrate how to translate your written documentaries from script to screen. Added value may be gained by pairing this course with Documentary and Three-Act Structure. (5 hours/All Levels)

Please note: This is a hybrid onsite/online class. Distance students will participate via teleconference.

Joshua Dasal has taught at CDS since 2010. He is an Emmy- and Silver Telly–winning director, producer, screenwriter, and video marketer. A master’s graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, he has created projects and/or consulted for Discovery Channel, PBS, Sony Screen Gems, and director Wes Craven. He has taught filmmaking courses at UNC-Chapel Hill and Missouri State University, and his films have screened at venues like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Director’s Guild of America, and USC’s First Look Film Festival. He is the owner and chief creative officer of Kaboonki Creative, a video production and marketing firm based in Raleigh.

Additional information:
To participate from off-site, a late-model computer, fast internet connection, and built-in camera are recommended, though not required. Students with less than optimal hardware or internet connections are welcome to take the course, though it may be difficult to participate fully.

There will be a one-hour break for lunch.

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VI146FA18
Center for Documentary Studies
Room 201
Dasal 12/1 - 12/1 Sa 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM $145.00 View