…is an experimental documentarian (for lack of a better term), as well as a photographer, writer, and man about town. He currently plies his trade at Rock Fish Stew, a documentary nonprofit in Durham, North Carolina.

His most recent project with Rock Fish Stew is Big, Bent Ears, an ongoing multimedia series about listening. The series is a partnership with The Paris Review, and is now an interactive installation at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh.

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A selection of Ivan’s recent video work:


IN MARCH 2014, NAZORANAI — an experimental sound trio from Australia, Japan, and Paris — united for their U.S. premiere, at the Big Ears festival in Knoxville, Tennessee. This documentary, part of the Big, Bent Ears series (bigbentears.org) on The Paris Reviews, goes behind the scenes with members Stephen O’Malley, Oren Ambarchi, and Keiji Haino.



CHEF RICKY MOORE of the Saltbox Seafood Joint (saltboxseafoodjoint.com) in Durham, NC, prepares a big pot of rockfish stew. So what does that have to do with Rock Fish Stew, the documentary nonprofit a few blocks down the road?



THE EDUCATION OF IDA OWENS follows Ida from her upbringing in rural North Carolina to her years at Duke University, where she became the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. This personal exploration of Southern history, Duke history, and the civil rights movement brings to the forefront the past and its lingering effects.



DEE AND BERNICE MITCHELL live in Elk Park, North Carolina—the same remote mountain community where they were born. “They Will Rest High on the Mountain” features the couple on the eve of their 60th wedding anniversary. They are at peace with the end – whenever it comes.