Vaisburd teaches courses in film and video production, history, and theory, in the Media Arts Department.
Associate Professor of Film and Video
Department of Media Arts
Areas I teach:
Master Of Fine Arts in Cinema
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, IL, 1996
B.A.: French Literature
Hebrew University; Jerusalem, Israel, 1984
Enie Vaisburd is Associate Professor in film and video at Pacific University Oregon with an emphasis in studies and practice. Her film work is often lyrical, integrating characteristics of experimental and documentary forms. Language, translation, cultural identity and displacement are large themes in her work. Enie is especially interested in creating internal geographies and spaces with film.
Enie was Lead Faculty at the Northwest Film Center in Portland, OR, for more than a decade before starting at Pacific University in 2008. She finds the collaboration with students in creative work very meaningful. She is an award winning filmmaker and also a curator and programmer. Enie has been the lead filmmaker community engagement projects in film, including the “Oregon Latino Video Project”.
Film is a powerful story telling tool. Teaching film requires a love for the subject, a constant investigation, and a refreshed enthusiasm for student work, creative process and vision. I consider instruction a process of discovery for my students as well as for myself. I often learn a great deal from this exchange. I especially encourage students to search into their own imagination and to draw their creativity from what they know, from what they want to investigate, from issues that puzzle and intrigue them. It is exciting to see the work grow by developing the strengths, re-examining the weaknesses, rolling with the punches. The process of creative work gives students life-long learning skills of working collaboratively, perseverance, problem solving and flexibility.
I aim to prepare students to function effectively in a world that bombards them with images, so they will have the tools and the thoughtfulness to create stories with insight and take responsibility for their content. I think it is important to provide media literacy tools so students will be able to decode and construct film language. My production courses include a combination of the technical, the historical, screenings, discussion and critiques. My theory and history courses usually have a production component. Learning through creating generates a personal connection and a relevance to the material.
Courses I teach
HUM 100 First Year Seminar
MEDA 250 Foundations of Video Production
MEDA 320 Narrative Production –Script to screen
MEDA 302 Documentary: Studies and Practice
MEDIA 303 Experimental Film: Studies and Practice
MEDA 332 Screenwriting
MEDA 153/353 Video for Community Engagement
MEDA 155/355 Event Organization and Planning
MEDA 391 Junior Seminar
MEDA 491 Senior Capstone
Vaisburd is fluent in English, Portuguese, Hebrew and Spanish and has a working knowledge of French. Language, translation, cultural identity and displacement are large themes in her work.
For the past three years Enie Vaisburd, Multimedia associate professor, has been working on a project that is close to her heart. She completed the feature documentary, A Midsummer’s Night Dream in Prison, on behalf of a fellow filmmaker who died in 2019.