Ivan Weiss is an assistant professor of practice and interim director of the Journalism Program at Wake Forest University. His films and multimedia projects have explored a variety of subjects, including segregation, gentrification, the experience of musical performances and athletic events, and more. Running through all his projects is an engagement with how we create, change, and make discoveries.
As an educator, Weiss seeks to teach students to use the tools of filmmaking and journalism to strip away falsehoods, reveal truth, and see the world with new eyes. He teaches Multimedia Production, Audio Storytelling, Environmental Reporting, Introduction to Journalism and more.
In 2020, he co-taught an experimental interdisciplinary course called The Truth and Authenticity Lab with philosopher Francisco Gallegos, in which students engaged with the works of Martin Heidegger as they created documentary projects.
Weiss received an MA in Visual Communication from the UNC Hussman School of Media and Journalism in 2014. That year, he also completed Leaving Traces, an experimental documentary following eight fine arts photographers over the course of a summer documenting the world of minor league baseball. The film was featured as part of an installation at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh in 2015.
In 2015, Weiss released Nazoranai: a documentary about an improvisational sound trio making its North American debut. That film was presented as part of the Big, Bent Ears series in The Paris Review Daily and later at Amplifest in the town of Porto, Portugal.
Festival: a month in Durham chronicled three music festivals that took place in Durham, NC, in May 2016. The film brought to light long-simmering issues of racism and gentrification in the Southern city.
Over the years, Weiss has received a number of grants for his classes and work, including a grant from the Reva and David Logan Foundation, Wake Forest’s Humanities Institute and Center for the Advancement of Teaching, and more.