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Karen Price: Program Director

Raised in North Carolina and based in Los Angeles, filmmaker and educator Karen Elizabeth Price has taught over the last five years at Duke's Center for Documentary Studies, Program in Arts of the Moving Image, and Sanford School of Public Policy. She received an MFA in cinema/television production from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, winning several national awards including a Student Emmy. Other degrees include an MA in creative writing and English from Hollins University and an AB in English and political science from Duke. 

She directed, wrote, and produced the feature documentary HouseQuake, which won the Rhode Island International Film Festival’s Directorial Discovery Award at its festival premiere, received wide distribution from Brainstorm Media, and made its television debut on the Documentary Channel. Other writing and directing credits include her narrative short film gone and documentary Living by Instinct: Animals and Their Rescuers, which aired on PBS stations and screened at many festivals including the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, the Mill Valley Film Festival, and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. She has directed, produced, and written numerous television episodes on such networks as Lifetime, Animal Planet, Discovery Health, and BIO. In addition to directing Duke in Los Angeles and teaching, she is currently developing several documentary and fiction films. 

Kathleen Dowdey, Assistant Director

An award-winning filmmaker, Kathleen has most recently completed the feature documentary, Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis, a biography of civil rights icon and U.S. Congressman John Lewis, now showing at film festivals around the country. Actively engaged in the film and television community in Los Angeles, she  brings an impressive breadth media experience to her teaching for Duke in LA.

She launched her career with the theatrically released documentary, A Celtic Trilogy, tracing the renaissance of Celtic identity in Ireland, Brittany and Wales. Soon after, she took a hard look at the hidden world of domestic violence in her feature film, Blue Heaven, shown at film festivals around the world. Her PBS special, Dawn’s Early Light, was a biography of controversial southern newspaper editor Ralph McGill, and while producing for Turner Broadcasting, she won a Cable Ace Award for the three-hour special, Larry King’s Night of Soviet Television.

As an undergraduate at Webster University, she developed a passion for the arts, culture and community activism and she brings this continuing enthusiasm to her classes, workshops and presentations. Her graduate study at the Rhode Island School of Design gave her a broad perspective on media which she explored in the groundbreaking interactive project, Columbus: Encounter, Discovery and Beyond (IBM) and for installations at the Taejon Science and Technology Expo in South Korea. An accomplished television writer, director and producer, her work has been shown on CBS/Paramount, NBC, PBS, The History Channel, Discovery, Arts and Entertainment and many others. President of Early Light Productions in Los Angeles, Kathleen is member of the Directors Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the International Documentary Association. 



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