Documentary

The State of Things
12:22 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Film Travels The Country Exploring Sustainable Community

The poster for the film 'Within Reach' which screens Monday, July 29th at the Motorco Music Hall in Durham, NC.
Credit withinreachmovie.com/freestore

Film director Derek Alan Rowe and executive director of Sustain-A-Bull Amy Campbell decipher the meaning of "sustainable community" and talk about their recent endeavors

The words "sustainable" and "community" have quickly become buzz words in our society. But filmmaker Derek Alan Rowe wanted to know what it really meant to live sustainably.

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The State of Things
12:30 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Documentary Film Project Captures Political Polarization In North Carolina

Map of the distribution of electoral college votes in the 2012 Presidential Election.
Credit Gage / commons.wikimedia.org

Filmmakers Annabel Park and Eric Byler discuss their new film, 'Story of America: A Nation Divided'

For the past several months, all eyes have been on North Carolina. The state has received an abundance of national coverage since the start of Moral Mondays as a response to this legislative session.

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Film Looks At Background Singers In Rock'n'Roll History

Backup singers in the age of Rock N' Roll.
Credit http://twentyfeetfromstardom.com/tagged/photos

Morgan Neville, the director of '20 Feet From Stardom', joins Host Frank Stasio to discuss the making of the film

When you find yourself singing along to your favorite rock'n'roll songs, you're probably not singing along with a front man like David Bowie or Bruce Springsteen. You're probably singing along with their backup singers.

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Tom Rankin Steps Down After 15 Years Leading CDS

Tom Rankin served as director of Duke's Center for Documentary Studies for 15 years.
Credit Duke University

The former director of Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, Tom Rankin, stepped down after 15 years at the helm.

The Center has a mission of being at the crossroads of documentary work and academia. CDS started the Full Frame Festival — though it was called Double Take at the time. 

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The State of Things
9:38 am
Thu June 27, 2013

NC Native Documents Life Of Levon Helm

Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm screens at the Chelsea Theater.
Credit Kino Lorber

Frank Stasio talks about the Levon Helm film.

Levon Helm is best known for being the drummer in the music group, “The Band,” but he had a long career after they broke up. He even fought his way back into musical shape after quitting for a time due to throat cancer. He finally succumbed in 2012, but not before filmmaker Jacob Hatley had a chance to film a documentary, “Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm.”

Its Triangle premiere is at the Chelsea Theater in Chapel Hill on June 28.

The State of Things
11:59 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Bull City Summer Documents Departure Of Wil Myers

Sunset at Durham Bulls Stadium
Credit Kate Joyce / bullcitysummer.org

The brainchild of documentarian Sam Stephenson continues as the Durham Bulls season goes on. He and a group of artists, writers and others are trying to document all 72 home games of the Durham Bulls.

Host Frank Stasio talks with contributors Adam Sobsey and Kate Joyce about Bull City Summer and the departure from the Bulls of star Wil Myers.

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The State of Things
12:09 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Bull City Summer Project Keep Kicking

Durham Bulls Stadium
Credit Joenad / http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:DBAP.jpg

Writer Adam Sobsey and videographer Ivan Weiss describe their work on Sam Stephenson's new documentary, Bull City Summer

The brainchild of documentarian Sam Stephenson continues as the Durham Bulls season goes on. He and a group of artists, writers and others are trying to document all 72 home games of the Durham Bulls.

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The State of Things
11:03 am
Tue May 28, 2013

A Writer, A Musician And A Photographer Walk Into The Casbah...

Photo featured in "Lost and Found" -- from NC Museum of Natural Sciences collection-Piranga olivacea
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Professor Diablo's True Revue

What happens when a writer, a musician and a photographer get together for a one-time performance at the Casbah in Durham? You'll have to show up to Professor Diablo's True Revue tonight at 8 p.m. to find out.

It's the brainchild of Durham writer Eric Martin. He got together with a friend at Duke's Center for Documentary Studies, and they realized that they didn't see many cross-disciplinary performances in the area. They started bringing together area artists for these unique performance.

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The State of Things
11:45 am
Thu May 2, 2013

The Life Of An Acclaimed Southern Writer Gets Made Into A Documentary

Movie poster for Landscapes of the Heart
Credit http://elizabethspencerdocumentary.org / Landscapes of The Heart

Landscapes of the Heart

Elizabeth Spencer’s most famous book is called “The Light in the Piazza.”  It’s the story of an American girl who falls in love with a man in Italy.  And it’s been adapted to a movie and a stage musical.  But Elizabeth has created a large body of work, though none is quite so famous. There’s a new documentary based on Elizabeth Spencer’s life called “Landscapes of the Heart: The Elizabeth Spencer Story.”

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The State of Things
3:28 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Local Filmmaker Takes Over Reality TV

Figure 8 Films Production About Twins Conjoined At The Head
Figure 8 Films Production About Twins Conjoined At The Head Figure 8 Films

Film maker and founder of Figure 8 Films, Bill Hayes, talks about his life and career.

Bill Hayes is the founder of Figure 8 Films, a Carrboro production company which created hits like "Jon & Kate Plus 8," "Nineteen Kids and Counting," and "Sister Wives."

Hayes grew up on a chicken, tobacco and dairy farm in the quiet town of Mt. Airy, North Carolina. When colleagues and friends told him he was crazy for starting a production company in North Carolina, he said, "why not?" Bill Hayes joins host Frank Stasio to discuss his success as a documentarian, producer and director.

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