Dr. Steven Channing

Dr. Steven Channing has enjoyed a diverse career as historian and filmmaker, whose work has focused on the American South. He received his Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill and taught at the University of Kentucky, Stanford University and Duke University, as a Fulbright Lecturer in Genoa, Italy, and as a Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins University.  He moved into documentary filmmaking in the 1980s, with extensive broadcast and educational film credits, including And Still I Rise: Maya Angelou, America's 400th Anniversary, narrated by Andy Griffith, and This Other Eden, hosted by Patricia Neal.

Video Dialog Inc.

Over the decades, Steve and his company Video Dialog Inc. have created lasting portraits of North Carolina life and its rich history. Channing produced the Emmy Award-winning historical drama Alamance for PBS, as well as the nationally broadcast Civil Rights classic February One, the story of the Greensboro Sit-Ins. Other regional documentaries include Durham: A Self-Portrait, Down Home, about the state’s Jewish community, Change Comes Knocking: the Story of the North Carolina Fund, Generation of Change:  Bill Friday, Terry Sanford and North Carolina, 1920s-1972, and Remarkable Journey, on the Asian Indian diaspora to North Carolina.


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Steve is the co-founder of the Southern Documentary Fund, promoting independent film production throughout the American South, and an early member of the board of the Museum of Durham History. He is proud to present the updated Durham: A Self-Portrait as one of the closing events of the 2019 year of celebration.