Steve Reich at a Q&A at Big Ears 2014. Photo by Kate Joyce


“Listening to an extremely gradual musical process opens my ears to it, but it always extends farther than I can hear, and that makes it interesting to listen […]


The Joseph Mitchell Project

Between 1938 and 1965, Joseph Mitchell became one of the most influential writers in The New Yorker magazine’s history. Using fabled, lean prose, he wrote about the city’s slums, […]


Bull City Summer

Bull City Summer (BCS) documented the 2013 season at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, home of the legendary minor league baseball team. Ten nationally and internationally acclaimed artists—photographers […]


The Education of Ida Owens

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 […]


Eugene Smith’s Sink

A biography of W. Eugene Smith for Farrar, Straus and Giroux, with a thread of author Sam Stephenson’s personal saga researching the famed Life magazine photographer for seventeen-plus […]


The Jazz Loft Project

From 2002­-2012 Sam Stephenson directed The Jazz Loft Project (JLP) at The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. In 2009 Alfred A. Knopf published his book, The […]