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

Bull City Summer Project Keep Kicking

Durham Bulls Stadium
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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 / 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.

The State of Things
12:02 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Project Follows A Year In The Life Of The Durham Bulls

"Bull City Summer," by Sam Stephenson

A Year in the Life of the Durham Bulls

Yesterday was the first home game for the 2013 baseball season at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, and fans gathered to watch the heroic Bulls defeat the Gwinnett Braves.

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Film Documents The Core Sound Community’s Struggles

LJ Hardy of South River, aboard his boat at the mouth of the Neuse River
Credit Neal Hutcheson

Linguist Walt Wolframand and director Neal Hutcheson talk about their new film, “Core Sounders.”

  For nearly 300 years the Core Sound community has earned a livelihood from the commercial fishing industry. It’s a livelihood that is now seriously threatened. “Core Sounders” is a new documentary that tells the story of a community in transition.

Host Frank Stasio is joined by Walt Wolfram, executive producer and professor of English at North Carolina State University; and Neal Hutcheson, the Emmy-Award winning director, to talk about their new film, “Core Sounders.”

The State of Things
10:11 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Film Captures Transitory Nature Of Art And Life

James Grashow's "Corrugated Fountain

A conversation with documentary filmmaker Olympia Stone

Olympia Stone is a documentary filmmaker in North Carolina, but she extended her reach to New York to capture the story of James Grashow. He is an artist known for his use of odd implements like chicken wire and paper mache.

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State of Things
11:57 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Film Looks At GA Intentional Community Koinonia Farms

From the documentary “Briars in the Cotton Patch: The Story of Koinonia Farms,”

In 1942, Clarence and Florence Jordan helped found Koinonia right outside of Americus, Georgia. They sought to create an intentional community where residents would live and practice equality and integration. Koinonia, and many other Christian intentional communities like it, thrive today.

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State of Things
11:41 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Bending Sticks

Sticks are more than just sticks to artist Patrick Dougherty. In his hands, they become castles, nests, cocoons and tree houses. Dougherty's work is featured worldwide.

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