Mary Oliver, Molly Malone Cook, and Real Attention


Last Thursday I made a routine stop in downtown Durham’s Letters Bookshop, five doors down from Rock Fish Stew offices, and I noticed a slim, paperback volume of photographs by Molly Malone Cook with text by Mary Oliver, a book called Our World (Beacon Press, 2007).  Oliver’s name drew me, a long admirer of her observations.  Flipping […]

The Big Ears Doc: One Year Later

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It’s hard for us to believe it’s a year since we first met Ashley Capps. We reached out to him because an article in the New York Times indicated that the adventurous Big Ears music festival, which Capps founded and runs through his company AC Entertainment, was returning after a three year hiatus. One reason […]

A Seasonal Helping of Rockfish Stew

An extraordinary pot of Rockfish stew.

Last night, Rock Fish Stew Institute of Literature and Materials held its second annual tasting of rockfish stew at our offices in downtown Durham. Chef Ricky Moore, owner of Durham’s Saltbox Seafood Joint, took honors again this year, making a stupendous stew with a rockfish (aka striped bass) caught the day before in the Pamlico […]

Pilgrimage to Lexington


Last month we wrote about our experience at the Cy Twombly exhibition, currently on view at the Morgan Library in New York City, documenting a concert by the JACK Quartet. The music, by composer Matthias Pintscher, was inspired by Twombly’s “Treatise on the Veil”. There are two versions of this painting; No. 2, stretching 33 feet, hung […]

Cy Twombly and the JACK at the Morgan

The JACK Quartet in front of Twombly's "Treatise on the Veil."

Yesterday was one of those days that made us feel lucky to be documentarians.  Rock Fish Stew spent twelve hours at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City.  The occasion was the renowned JACK Quartet playing music composed a decade ago by Matthias Pintscher inspired by Cy Twombly’s epic, 33-foot painting, “Treatise on […]

The Peaches of New York: Notes on Two Documentaries

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Recently we had the opportunity to spend eight days in New York City, where we made considerable headway on two Rock Fish Stew documentaries – BIG EARS and The Joseph Mitchell Project. Helping us on parts of this trip were the photographer Kate Joyce, a longtime RFS collaborator; Hiroshi Watanabe, a photographer and collaborator on Bull City Summer; and Ligaiya Romero, a New York-based […]

Bull City Summer Doc Film Featured in Two Film Festivals

Leaving Traces, the documentary film based on Bull City Summer by Ivan Weiss and Rock Fish Stew Institute of Literature and Materials, will be featured in two exclusive and very different film festivals this coming weekend. *Saturday September 20, available online on demand, Leaving Traces, will be screened as part of the On Photography Film Festival, which is part of FOTOWEEK in Holland.  This […]

Rock Fish Stew Seeks Fall Interns


RFS seeks two self-starting interns for the fall season 2014. Interns will help support current documentary projects, help manage the website and social media, contribute ideas and material, research and help write grants, transcribe interviews, and participate on a Kickstarter campaign. An interest in literature, film, and/or other creative endeavors is a plus. Video, photography, […]

“Leaving Traces”: After the Screening


Q&A’s  can be a very fraught experience for me:  The credits end, the lights come up, I’m all ready to talk shop about what I just saw … and within a few minutes somebody is droning on and on and I wish I’d just stayed home. Yet my desire for a kickass Q&A — where the audience discussion actually takes […]

“Leaving Traces” to Premiere at Full Frame Theater

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Durham, NC — Rock Fish Stew is premiering “Leaving Traces,” a 75-minute documentary by RFS partner Ivan Weiss, at the Full Frame Theater at the American Tobacco Campus. Showtime is 6pm on July 12. The film follows a group of artists who converged on the Durham Bulls Athletic Park during the 2013 season for Rock Fish Stew’s […]