Gerret Warner (T' 68)
After coming to Duke to join his brother Jeff (Trinity, '65) performing folk music at Durham's Null and Void Coffee House, Gerret discovered Duke Players and UNC's Radio, Television and Motion Picture Department in his sophomore year, culminating in a student union-funded film about Durham's Union Station and—with Rick Meisner (Trinity '69?)—Waiting for Godot.
An early job producing corporate videos and commercials at New York's The Videotape Center cured him of his filmmaking lust. But—after several years teaching—he was back at it again, this time with a different approach and subject. By combining his father’s interviewing techniques with his training in documentary film and a small crew, Gerret has developed an intimate style of filmmaking that grows naturally from and celebrates his subjects.
Gerret grew up assisting his parents, folklorists Anne and Frank Warner, as they traveled rural America recording stories and old songs for the Library of Congress. He watched how his father’s genuine interest and respect made people comfortable and facilitated the recording of their oral histories. That childhood experience provided insight into documenting people's stories and inspired the founding of Warner & Company.