Jon-Sesrie Goff is a filmmaker and educator from Connecticut and upstate New York. He studied business, sociology, and theater at Morehouse College before receiving his BA from The New School, and spent the last two years as an adjunct professor at Villanova University and West Chester University of Pennsylvania. With more than a decade of production experience, he has worked on a range of projects across genres, including the recent documentaries Evolution of a Criminal and Out in the Night. “Identity through the image of community” is the focus of his work. Qathi Gallaher Hart was born in 1968 and grew up in and around Seattle. She began college at the age of forty at Seattle’s Shoreline Community College, studying photography and art history, and then received her BFA in animated arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland. Incorporating rotoscoping and live footage, her animated work “focuses on feminism, visibility, and equal rights, using hand-drawn cells, digital painting, and physical 3-D animation.” She has been working as a performance artist and production manager for a large annual arts festival. Kihae Kim was born in Seoul, Korea, and has spent time in India and Japan. He earned a BS in political science from Korea University, and his interest in photography led him to enroll at the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2009. With an interest in “direct and honest photographs,” his works “depict the particular time and society in which he belongs.” Michaela O’Brien is a documentary filmmaker and photographer from Boston. For the past five years she has worked at Northern Light Productions, a nonfiction and documentary media outlet. She has worked on documentary broadcast specials, award-winning audiovisual installations and interactive videos, and freelance video and photographic works. After graduating from Boston College, she studied filmmaking and photography at the New England School of Photography and the New England Institute of Art. She is currently directing and producing In Crystal Skin, “a documentary shot in Bogotá, Colombia, that traces the lives of four individuals with Epidermolysis Bullosa, a severe inherited skin disorder.” Jason Oppliger is “most fascinated by what’s just behind the thing we’re supposed to be looking at. Slightly to the left or right of it. Maybe it’s just off frame.” Drawn to “visual texture, haptic imagery, and insightful camera movement, with an affinity for the cultural detritus of our visually disintegrating urban imprints and their subsequent resurfacing,” his work typically has a sense of observation inside of it, captured through the medium itself: an acknowledgment of the frame. His films have played at various festivals, including SXSW, Vail Film Festival, and the Thin Line Documentary Film Festival. Dan Smith is a “photographer-turned-political scientist-turnedrace car driver-turned-photographer” who has found himself ensconced in academia while raising a family in Durham, North Carolina. When he has the time, his photographic subjects range from nudes to motorsports, architecture to aviation, “and a little bit of documenting the world in which he’s found himself.” Christopher Thomas is an artist and musician from Davidson, North Carolina. After receiving a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009, where he specialized in experimental image making, sound, and performance, he moved to New York and worked for filmmaker Casey Neistat on the HBO series The Neistat Brothers and later, for the nonprofit Buckminster Fuller Institute. For the last two years, he has served as a teaching artist and coordinator for Studio 345, a free youth development/arts enrichment program in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Beatriz Wallace was born in 1981 and grew up in New Orleans. After studying English and photography at Amherst College, she helped implement digital storytelling for children exposed to family violence in rural Missouri, taught multimedia journalism at the University of Missouri in Columbia, and worked as a visiting professor at Duquesne University. She “uses art, data, and computer language to analyze, collect, and share stories.” Wei Wang is a photojournalist, born and raised in China. When she was seven years old, her dad told her, “See that little window? Put everything you want inside.” That’s how she learned to use a camera. After graduating with a university degree in English linguistics, she worked for Beijing Evening News as a photographer, “all from the observation of social problems, such as air pollution, the housing bubble, food security, and ethnic conflicts.” In 2011, she joined Reuters as a freelancer and covered a wide range of news stories around the world. Her work has been shown and collected by art galleries and foundations in China and New York.
2013, she earned a BA from Clayton State University in Georgia, where she spent the past year coordinating undergraduate student media activities.
Kyle Wilkinson grew up in Monroe, Ohio, and received a BFA in film production from Wright State University in Dayton. Through film and photography, his work explores “the relationship between people and the spaces they inhabit, examining the unseen mechanics that shape our society.” He has been a documentary cinematographer on Women Who Yell and the award-winning Sparkle, among other films, and was most recently a producer on the multimedia project Reinvention Stories, part of Localore, a nationwide initiative to encourage collaboration between film and radio. Michael Anthony Williams received a BFA in professional theater with a concentration in directing from North Carolina A&T State University. A filmmaker who “loves the art in himself instead of himself in the art,” he has dedicated his life to social change; filmmaking blends his love for the movies and passion for community involvement. He has produced several short films and one feature-length documentary.
y mfaeda.duke.edu Continuing Education Spring 2014 Certificate in Documentary Arts Graduates The Center for Documentary Studies offers Continuing Education classes in the documentary arts to people of all backgrounds. Some enroll in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program, which offers a structured sequence of courses culminating in a final seminar and the completion of a substantial project, work that often moves out into the world in the form of exhibits, installations, films, websites, and more. The following six students completed their final projects in the Spring 2014 seminar, taught by folklorist and filmmaker Nancy Kalow. In May they presented their work to the public and received their certificates. Kudos to our graduates, and best wishes for future projects. Inscape | Multimedia Video Michelle Hanes is a photographer from Seattle who moved to North Carolina to study filmmaking, writing, and audio at CDS and to earn her Masters of Liberal Studies at Duke. Inscape is an intimate glimpse into the studios of four artists located inside the historic Inscape Arts building, “a Seattle landmark that once housed dark memories.” The artists’ relationship to the physical space and the community they’ve established within it reveals how the building influences their work. Michelle is now back in Seattle working on a multimedia project about a community of early-onset-memory-loss patients and a master’s thesis about photographers who give cameras to children so they can document their own lives.
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