Documentary Center Staff

Doc Center Staff


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.

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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.