In a previous post I wrote about my excitement around taking continuing education classes at The Duke Center for Documentary Studies. Last week I was fortunate enough to take my third course there- a week-long intensive where we learned an enormous amount about the technical, practical and structural basics of documentary film production. In all, 7 talented and patient instructors wrangled 28 of us through this 7-day crash course. In teams of 2-4 we produced 15 separate short films about the people, challenges and community of East Durham, NC and the films screened publicly (gasp!) at the Full Frame Theater on Saturday morning.
My talented partner (Greenville, SC Photographer Owen Riley Jr.) and I did our best to capture the spirit of Father/Barber/Mystical Advisor Samuel Jenkins in an extraordinarily short period of time. We were lucky to have award winning film-maker Randolph Benson as our team leader and council.
I’ll update this page again soon with the official Duke CDS links but for now have a look at our short film “More Than a Haircut” and click through here to watch 14 other pieces my classmates created last week.