The Archive of Documentary Arts supports engagement between documentary artists and the Duke University community in order to foster dialogue, understanding, and appreciation of documentary arts. With generous support from Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel the ADA invites internationally recognized artists to campus to interact with students and the public through a variety of programming including lectures, conversations, screenings, and performances.

Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Visiting Filmmakers

2017 Carlos Sandoval

Stanley NelesonCarlos Sandoval's films include The State of Arizona (with Catherine Tambini, Independent Lens 2014, Emmy Nomination, CINE Golden Eagle), A Class Apart (with Peter Miller, American Experience 2009, Imagen Award, optioned by Eva Longoria) and Farmingville (with Catherine Tambini, P.O.V. 2004, Sundance Special Jury Prize).

A writer and sometime lawyer, Sandoval’s essays have appeared in several publications, including The New York Times. Sandoval worked on immigration and refugee affairs as a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations, and as a program officer for The Century Foundation. He is a Sundance and MacArthur Fellow and an advisor for Firelight Media. Sandoval is currently Co-Executive Director of Next Generation Leadership, a professional development diversity fellowship funded by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and produced by WGBH and The Partnership, Inc.

Of Mexican American and Puerto Rican descent, Sandoval grew up in Southern California and is a graduate of Harvard College and of the University of Chicago School of Law.


2014 Stanley Nelson

Stanley NelesonStanley Nelson, an Emmy-winning MacArthur “genius” Fellow, is co-founder and Executive Director of Firelight Media, which provides technical education and professional support to emerging documentarians; and co-founder of the for-profit documentary production company, Firelight Films. Nelson’s film, Jonestown, was shortlisted for the Academy Awards and won the International Documentary Association Award for its use of archival footage.

Public Conversation with Nelson & Diamonstein-Spielvogel


2012 Laura Poitras   

LLaura Poitrasaura Poitras is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, and artist.  She is currently finishing a trilogy of films about post-9/11 America.  The first film My Country, My Country, focused on the Iraq War and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2007.  The second film, The Oath, was about Guantanamo, and it won a cinematography award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Public Conversation with Poitras & Diamonstein-Spielvogel



2010 James Longley

James LongleyJames Longley is a documentary filmmaker whose works examine the lives of people in conflict zones, mostly in the Middle East and South Asia. Longley’s 2006 film, Iraq in Fragments, won numerous honors, including three jury awards at Sundance and was nominated for an Academy Award. His short, Sari’s Mother (2006), was also nominated for an Academy Award. Longley won a MacArthur Fellowship in 2009.

Public Conversation with Longley & Diamonstein-Spielvogel

Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Visiting Artists


2015 Nate Larson

Nate LarsonNate Larson is a contemporary artist working with photographic media, artist books and digital video. His projects have been widely shown across the US and internationally as well as featured in numerous publications and media outlets, including Wired Raw File, The Picture Show from NPR, Slate, CNN, Hyperallergic, Gizmodo, Buzzfeed News, Vice Magazine, the New York Times Lens Blog, Flavorwire, the BBC News Viewfinder, Frieze Magazine, the British Journal of Photography, The Washington Post, and Art Papers. His artwork is included in the collections of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Orlando Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago. Additionally, Larson holds a full‐time academic appointment in the photography department at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and chaired the 2014 national conference of the Society for Photographic Education.


2014 Steve Roden

Steve RodenSteve Roden is a visual and sound artist from Los Angeles, living in Pasadena. His work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound installation, text and performance. Roden’s working process uses various forms of specific notation (words, musical scores, maps, etc.) and translates them through self invented systems into scores, which then influence the process of painting, drawing, sculpture, and composition.

Rubenstein Visiting Artists


2016 Richard Ashrowan

Nate LarsonRichard Ashrowan is a moving image artist who lives and works in the Scottish Borders. He works primarily with 16mm film and HD video, creating short single channel films, immersive video installations and live multi-projector performance experiments. His works are exhibited at artist-led spaces, galleries and film festivals around the world. In addition to his practice, he recently completed a practice-led PhD 'Alchemical Catoptrics of the Moving Image', at Edinburgh College of Art / Edinburgh University. He also curates experimental film and moving image works, as Creative Director of Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival in Scotland and at Summerhall in Edinburgh.