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Charles Gregory Watson

Visiting Lecturer at Duke Kunshan University
DKU Faculty


Born and raised in Orange County, California, Charles Watson studied Creative Nonfiction filmmaking at Cal State Long Beach, where two of his undergraduate shorts won state-wide awards at the CSU Media Arts Festival. Upon graduation in 2018, Charles worked in Los Angeles on several projects, including a Netflix-produced documentary about the end of Orson Welles’ life, and a four-part series for PBS on the history of aerospace in Southern California. Drawing from the experiences gained in crafting traditional, archival-based projects, Charles aims to bridge the gap between cultural analysis and personal expression. His multimedia style and intimate approach to portraiture strive to create an experience that is both cerebral and emotionally resonant. Beyond the lens, Charles also finds inspiration from nature, music, literature and cuisine, and how each is woven into our unique perceptions of beauty and human compassion. 

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Visiting Lecturer at Duke Kunshan University · 2023 - Present DKU Faculty, Duke Kunshan University

Education, Training & Certifications

Duke University · 2023 M.A.