Ivan Weiss

Ivan Weiss

Ivan Weiss

Assistant Professor of the Practice, Journalism


Office: C206 Tribble Hall

Phone: (336) 758-5348

Email: weissij@wfu.edu

Websites: ivanweiss.comthebigearsfilm.org


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 the Craft of Journalism

The Art of Sound: Audio Storytelling

Multimedia Storytelling

Selected Work and Publications


Like Landscape Going By

(Documentary, in post-production)

A visual and sonic exploration of The Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee, this atmospheric film blends a diverse range of performances with visions of the city and intimate musings from audience and musicians.

Musical genres fall away, judgments are destabilized, acoustic and digital intertwine, performers and audience blend….

Knoxville cradles the flow.


Festival: A Month in Durham

(Video, 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.


The Education of Ida Owens

(Video, 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

(Video, 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.

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