Anytown, USA

  1. A small-town elementary school, a relic of the segregated South, is transformed into a community center. The center brings together people who were previously affected by segregation, along with their families and the broader community, in a vibrant effort to heal and unite the town.

    Brenda Jamerson is a community health advocate and scientist. Her goal is to make films documenting the history of people and places in the American South.

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  2. A short film about a woman finding her passion at an art class in the ARTifex Studio.

    Taylor Shain is a Durham-based documentary filmmaker. He loves meeting new people, connecting with them, and finding creative ways to share their stories.

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  3. When a student archaeologist was dropped off in a Montgomery County cotton field in 1937 to investigate a problematic Indian mound, there’s no way he could have known the project would last 50 years. Joffre Lanning Coe would develop academic archaeology in North Carolina and establish the state’s only historical site dedicated to archaeology at Town Creek. But just down the road, a town doctor was busy becoming one of the most prolific artifact collectors of his generation.

    Clifton Dowell earned his Certificate in Documentary Arts from CDS in 2007. He works as a journalist in Raleigh.

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  4. This film shows how Mt. Gilead has had to reinvent itself to survive. The transition from a small farming community to a textile mill town, and now a more diversified economy, has had a major impact on the lives of its citizens, in their jobs, and their way of life.

    Recent Durham transplant Ernie Sears has been telling environmental and conservation stories through still photography for over 20 years. He recently started working with video to add another dimension to his work.

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  5. This film explores the trials of an expat couple restoring the historic waterworks plant in Montgomery County, which was among the first waterworks built in North Carolina with WPA funds. A heated war of words breaks out over the proposed destruction of the county’s remaining water tower. The film concludes with a question: Why does historic preservation matter? Because all waste collects downstream!

    Lesa Babb is a Chapel Hill-based writer and producer. She works in media and marketing.

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Anytown, USA

Anytown, USA is a documentary video production and editing class created and taught by Randolph Benson at the Center for Documentary Studies. Each year, students produce and edit short documentary videos on topics of their choice related to a small town…


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Anytown, USA is a documentary video production and editing class created and taught by Randolph Benson at the Center for Documentary Studies. Each year, students produce and edit short documentary videos on topics of their choice related to a small town in North Carolina.

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