New Work for Goldberg Variations is the brainchild of pianist Simone Dinnerstein and choreographer Pam Tanowitz. The two have fashioned something fresh and vital from Bach’s storied piece for solo piano. This short film explores both artists’ respective creative process, and how they complemented one another to bring this project to life. Read more about the project at its website and reviews in The New York Times and The New Yorker.
Commissioned by Duke Performances, this short video chronicles the world premiere of Piedmont Blues: A Search for Salvation, in early December 2016. Renowned jazz musician Gerald Clayton conceived and composed the project, and spent two years developing a 75-minute set with theater director Christopher McElroen. Learn more at www.geraldclaytonblues.org
The Education of Ida Owens follows its protagonist 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, this short documentary brings to the forefront the past and its lingering effects.
Festival 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-revitalizing (some would say “gentrifying” or even “homogenizing”) midsized city, this short documentary offers audiences an opportunity to reflect on the churn of past, present, and conflicting visions of the future. Watch the film and read a related article at Public Books.
“They Will Rest High on The Mountain” tells the story of an elderly couple in the mountains of western North Carolina, as they recollect their past while facing the unknown.
Brian Goldstone completed a Ph.D in Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. This video profile explores his research on the widespread belief in the miraculous and pentecostal churches in Northern Ghana. It features his intimate photographs from his time there.