Ivan Weiss

Ivan Weiss

Ivan Weiss

Assistant Professor of the Practice, Journalism




Office: C206 Tribble Hall

Phone: (336) 758-5348

Email: weissij@wfu.edu

Website: ivanweiss.com




MA in Visual Communication, School of Media and Journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill

BA in English and Russian, Haverford College


Areas of Interest


Multimedia journalism, documentary, photography and photojournalism, audio storytelling, investigative journalism, literary journalism


Courses Taught at Wake Forest


Introduction to Journalism

The Art of Audio

Multimedia Storytelling

The Truth and Authenticity Lab

Environmental Journalism


Selected Work and Publications


Feeling Big Ears

(Documentary, in post-production)

Experience Big Ears — “one of the most quietly earth-shattering, subtly luminous festivals the world over” (Oxford American) — through a cinematic tapestry of street scenes, conversations, rehearsals, soundchecks, field recordings, performances, and the local lore of Knoxville, Tennnessee.


Festival: A Month in Durham

(Documentary, 20 min, 2016)

Three music events—the electronic music festival Moogfest; the jazz, R&B and hip-hop-infused Art of Cool; and the traditional African American Bimbé— took place in Durham, N.C., in May 2016. In this fast-revitalizing (some would say “gentrifying” or even “homogenizing”) midsized city, this short documentary offers audiences an opportunity to reflect on the churn of past, present, and conflicting visions of the future.


Feeling Big Ears

(Documentary, 75 Min, 2015)

Immerse yourself in the world of legendary minor league team The Durham Bulls. Featuring the creative process of fine art photographers Alec Soth, Hank Willis Thomas, Hiroshi Watanabe and others, this non-narrative documentary patiently explores the collective, communal space of a baseball stadium. 


The Education of Ida Owens

(Documentary, 30 Minutes, 2014)

This personal exploration of Southern history, Duke University, and the civil rights movement brings to the forefront the past and its lingering effects.


They Will Rest High on the Mountain

(Documentary, 8 min, 2013)

The story of an elderly couple in the mountains of western North Carolina, as they recollect their past while facing the unknown.


View more of his work at www.ivanweiss.com.

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