School of Doc

School of Doc students from Student U on location at Rue Cler in Durham.
Photo credit: Todd Tinkham

School of Doc is a FREE intensive five-week summer camp that will teach all aspects of documentary filmmaking. The camp is open to any student currently enrolled in Durham Public Schools in grades 9 – 12. Camera operation, editing, lighting, and sound will all be covered. Students will work as a production team to produce a documentary of their choosing. The camp is hands-on and fast paced. If you ever wanted to learn what it takes to make a film, this is your chance.

The application for School of Doc 2016 is now closed.


Week One: June 20 – 23
Week Two: June 27 – 30
Week Three: July 5 – 8
Week Four: July 11 – 14
Week Five: July 18 – 21

The WORLD PREMIERE of the finished film(s) will be held on Thursday, July 21st, in the Full Frame Theater at the American Tobacco Campus. Finished films will also be presented at the 2017 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and camp participants will be able to attend the festival free of charge. For questions, please contact Suzanne Spignesi at or 919.433.9804.

A documentary celebrating the Durham community garden SEEDS was the final project of the 2015 summer session of the School of Doc:

SEEDS: The Documentary from Full Frame Documentary Film Fest on Vimeo. The film was produced, directed, edited, and shot by the students and will screen at the 2016 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.


The 2016 School of Doc is made possible with generous support from the Baskerville Fund at the Triangle Community Foundation, the Fenhagen Family and Helen’s Fund, and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.