School of Doc

Applications for the 2018 School of Doc program will open on March 2, 2018 and will close on April 13, 2018.


Full Frame’s School of Doc is featured on Indiewire!


 The 2017 School of Doc film, Know Wonder: The Museum of Life and Science, had its World Premiere on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in the Full Frame Theater at the American Tobacco Campus.

The film will also be presented at the 2018 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

To see the other 2017 School of Doc students’ films, please visit our vimeo page.


The School of Doc is open to any student currently enrolled in grades 9 – 12 within Durham Public Schools.

The School of Doc, launched in 2011, is a completely free program (including meals) serving Durham teens who participate in the five-week intensive summer course taught by professional filmmakers. The program is held in Full Frame’s theater and classroom space, where students work as a crew to produce a professional documentary film. Coursework includes all technical elements of the craft: camera, lights, sound, editing, and special effects, as well as pre- and post-production considerations such as rights and clearances, graphics and credits. Each School of Doc student spends time working in each of these areas.

Students build self-esteem as they work as a team, choose their own subject (often a local not-for-profit organization), and create a final film. Students also discover the link between documentary filmmaking skills and real-world job skills. Throughout the program, students visit local job sites where these tools are applied, such as ABC11, Trailblazer Studios, and the Durham Bulls television studio. At the end of the five weeks, the students present their final film to more than 100 excited audience members in the Full Frame Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

The following April, students attend the festival free of charge, visit with professional filmmakers, and present their work to the public as part of the festival’s free programming. Their filmmaker instructors supervise the students throughout the four-day event.

For questions, please contact or 919.433.4100.

The School of Doc is generously supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Baskerville Fund at the Triangle Community Foundation, the Fenhagen Family and Helen’s Fund, IBM, and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.

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