Work

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Co-founder and board member, Center for Home Movies
  • Co-creator of Home Movie Day, international amateur film screening event        
  • Alternate Member of National Film Preservation Board, 2004-2008
  • Co-organizer of Medical Film Symposium, Philadelphia, 2010
  • Organizer of Cinema Ephemera, symposium and screening on nontheatrical films, Baltimore, 2016
  • Board member, Al Larvick Conservation Fund, 2015-present
  • Board member, Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound, 2005-2006
  • Chair of Association of Moving Image Archivists’ Election Committee, 2006-2008
  • Co-chair of AMIA’s Small Gauge/Amateur Film Interest Group, 2004-2005
  • Co-chair of Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Regional Audio-Visual Archives Interest Group, 2000-2002
  • Creator and moderator of Smallgauge, the amateur film listserv
  • Conference presentations/panels: Association of Moving Image Archivists (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005. 2010, 2019, 2021), American Library Association Conference (2011), Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (2010), National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (2005), Orphan Film Symposium (2003, 2005), Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium (2003, 2004), University Film and Video Association (2001), Society for Cinema and Media Studies (2008, 2015), FIAF Winter School (2021)
  • Selected film preservation lectures: L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation (2001), University of  Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2003), University of Kentucky (2005), New York University (2007, 2008, 2009. 2011, 2015, 2021), Northwestern University (2011), University of Colorado (2011)

PRODUCTIONS and CURATORIAL PROJECTS

  • Producer & Director, Amateur Night: Home Movies from American Archives, 35mm home movie compilation film
  • Producer, Living Room Cinema: Films from Home Movie Day DVD
  • Producer & Director, Rev. Pappy, documentary short
  • Co-curator, Other Histories: Amateur Films on the National Film Registry, preservation and screening series, 2020
  • Co-curator, Home Movie Day and Night: The 24-Hour Marathon, home movie online event, 2019
  • Co-author of http://www.filmforever.org, the online Home Film Preservation Guide
  • Member of editorial committee for National Film Preservation Foundation’s The Film Preservation Guide, 2004

PUBLICATIONS

  • “Inventing Amateur Film: Marion Norris Gleason, Eastman Kodak and the Rochester Scene, 1921-1932” Film History: An International Journal, Vol. 15, No. 2
  • “Moving Image and Sound Archival Resources” in Archival Information – How to Find It, How to Use It, Greenwood Press, 2004
  • “Orphans of the Storm II Symposium Review” The Moving Image, Vol. 2, No. 1
  • “Home Viewing: Pornography and Amateur Film Collections, ” The Moving Image, Vol. 5, No. 2
  • “Wasn’t That a Fun Thing We Did?: Oral Histories of Itinerant Filmmaking,” The Moving Image, Vol. 10, No. 1
  • “The Tantalizing Challenges of the Home Movie Archive,” The Velvet Light Trap, January 2012
  • “Review: Amateur Filmmaking: The Home Movie, the Archive, the Web,” The Moving Image, Vol. 15, No. 1
  • “Amateur Cinematics: Watson and Webber’s The Fall of the House of Usher,” Screen, Vol. 61, No. 1
  • Watching Home Movies with Mr. Peepers,” UCLA Film & Television Archive Blog, April 19, 2021.
  • “Private Films in Public Spaces” (with Karianne Fiorini), Open Access Cinema: Ri-pensare la curatela cinematografica nello spazio digitale, 57a Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema (Pesaro Film Festival), 2021. 

AWARDS

  • Association of Moving Image Archivists’ Ray Edmondson Advocacy Award, 2020