Surrender to the Situation
“Surrender to the Situation” interweaves an East Coast train journey with footage from Tyondai Braxton’s HIVE installation and a pair of shows by Australian musician Oren Ambarchi in June 2015.
This three-part series was originally included in “Big, Bent Ears: a serial in documentary uncertainty,” published in 2016 in The Paris Review Daily.
The Education of Ida Owens
A story of integration, civil rights, and Duke University
This 30-minute documentary follows Ida Owens from her upbringing in rural North Carolina to her years at Duke University, where she became the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D.
A personal exploration of Southern history, higher education, and the civil rights movement, The Education of Idea Owens brings to the forefront the past and its lingering effects.
Festival: A Month in Durham
A portrait of a city through the lens of three music festivals
“Festival: A Month in Durham” tells the story of three music events—Moogfest, Art of Cool, and Bimbé—that took place in Durham, N.C., in May 2016. In this fast-“gentrifying” city, this short documentary reflects on the churn of past, present, and conflicting visions of the future. (The piece first appeared in Public Books.)
Nazoranai: A Documentary
“I just want to hear things I've never heard before.”
Improvisational sound trio Nazoranai came together for their U.S. premiere in 2014 at the Big Ears festival in Knoxville, T.N. Nazoranai: a Documentary goes behind the scenes, spending time with members Stephen O’Malley, Oren Ambarchi, and Keiji Haino.