Independent, nonprofit organization affiliated with Duke University committed to teaching, producing, and presenting the documentary arts: photography, film, audio, writing, and other creative media. CDS is a gathering place for students of all ages, visitors, and artists who understand how documentary stories can wake us up, change our perspectives, and inspire us to action.
CDS was founded in 1989 as the first institution in the US dedicated solely to the rich legacy and continuing practice of the documentary tradition. With an emphasis on the role of the individual in contributing to society, they teach a wide range of classes in the documentary arts to both undergraduate and continuing education students; exhibit documentary work in their galleries; and produce and support documentary work through their programs and projects, including an awards program, a publishing arm, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, audio fieldwork projects, a documentary writing program, and more.
Bring a chair or blanket. Rain date 7/7.