Documentary Center Staff

Doc Center Staff Center Director Nina Seavey with Technical Instructors Sam Sheline and Hans Weise and Teaching Assistant Wilhelm Hesse


Documentary Center instructors offer unparalleled expertise in all aspects of documentary filmmaking – from film theory to script writing to production and editing.  We work closely as a team to ensure students gain a thorough, in-depth understanding of all the elements of the craft of non-fiction storytelling.

Documentary Center staff assist with everything from class admission and registration to internship placement to content and technical instruction to event management and community outreach.

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Hans Weise

Technical Instructor Hans Weise is an Emmy nominated documentary filmmaker and multimedia journalist with more than 20 years of experience. He is the former director of video production at National Geographic magazine, a role that’s taken him from the lava tubes of Hawaii to the dry valleys of Antarctica. His work has also appeared on the National Geographic Channel, PBS, and Discovery. His focus and passion is to tell complex stories in visually engaging new ways. He's also earned a silver award from the Society for News Design, and a British Archaeological Award for Best Public Presentation of Archaeology for the animated film, Under London.

Sam Sheline

Sam Sheline

Technical Instructor Sam Sheline is an environmental filmmaker and visual storyteller living in downtown DC. Sam received an MFA in film from American University, where he was a scholar of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking. Sam has produced, directed, shot, and edited award-winning documentaries on a variety of environmental topics. His films have aired on PBS and various cable channels and screened at the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, the American Conservation Film Festival, SXSW Eco, and many other film festivals and events. Sam has spoken on effective science communication, and won grants and awards including the Alex Kemnitzer Emerging Filmmaker Award and the Mavis and Sidney John Palmer Scholarship.

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Jacob Crawford

Jacob has been the Documentary Center's Outreach and Marketing Manager since December 2016. He comes to us with a background in non-profit and higher education communications, having begun his career working on environmental campaigns in Colorado and Minnesota. Jacob also serves as the Digital and Online Media Manager for the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital. He is a Wisconsin native, holding a degree in Film Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.