Screening of Anytown, USA Student Films of Mt. Gilead, NC

Despite popular misconceptions, the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians live in towns of 5,000 people or less. We are a state of small towns. In fact, NC has the second-most number of small towns in the country. But all is not well. The mass exodus of manufacturing abroad as well as urban flight has devastated small towns. Many are on the verge of disappearing forever. Anytown USA, created and taught by Randolph Benson, is an annual filmmaking production and editing course in which one small town is featured.

A screen grab from Continuing Education student Clifton Dowell's film, "Trace."

Photography Exhibition: "Louisiana Trail Riders"

Since 2014, Jeremiah Ariaz has been photographing various southwest Louisiana clubs' weekend trail rides- the Crescent City Cowboys, Desperados, Buffalo Soldiers, and The Stepping In Style Riding Club, among other groups. "Louisiana Trail Riders" features selections from this body of work about the distinctive, little-known subculture that upends not only historic and pop-culture representations of cowboys as "gruff, serious, white, and situated in the West," but also the media's "prevailing contemporary images of difference and despair in black America."

Southern Documentary Fund's 5th Annual Artists Convening

CDS is one of the sponsors of the Southern Documentary Fund's 5th Annual Artists Convening in various downtown Durham locations. Says SDF: "Get up-to-date information from industry leaders and filmmakers who'll break down best practices of The New Basics of documentary filmmaking. Plus, the award-winning Rada Film Group's Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson join us to talk about their careers, films, and more!" The weekend will feature workshops, panels, and mentoring sessions along with community building and peer networking.

Audio Under The Stars: "Appetites and Desires"

Audio Under the Stars-a series of summer-long outdoor listening parties hosted by the Center for Documentary Studies and created by two graduates of our Certificate in Documentary Arts program-debuted in 2014 to widespread delight, with curated playlists of compelling audio pieces. This month's show is "Appetites and Desires."

This is an outdoor event, which takes place on the CDS lawn. Please bring your own blankets or lawn chairs. Rain date for this show is Friday, August 3.

Audio Under The Stars: "Awkward"

Audio Under the Stars-a series of summer-long outdoor listening parties hosted by the Center for Documentary Studies and created by two graduates of our Certificate in Documentary Arts program-debuted in 2014 to widespread delight, with curated playlists of compelling audio pieces. This month's show is "Awkward."

This is an outdoor event, which takes place on the CDS lawn. Please bring your own blankets or lawn chairs. Rain date for this show is Friday, July 6.

Audio Under The Stars: "Connections: Lost and Found"

Audio Under the Stars—a series of summer-long outdoor listening parties hosted by the Center for Documentary Studies and created by two graduates of our Certificate in Documentary Arts program—debuted in 2014 to widespread delight, with curated playlists of compelling audio pieces. This month's show is "Connections: Lost and Found" featuring stories about special friendships, unlikely allegiances, surprising encounters and missed connections; the bonds that knit people, families, and communities together, and what happens when those bonds fall apart.

May 25: Audio Under the Stars Graphic