The XFR Collective team comes from a variety of backgrounds with a multitude of combined experiences and skills, including video and media arts production, collection management, teaching and research in the humanities, archiving and preservation services, records management, and project development.
Active Core Members
Andrea Callard (Founding Member) is an artist and filmmaker preoccupied with how life feels inside each landscape. Her early films and videos from the 1974-1984 have almost all been preserved and are being screened around the world. Her industrial work documents the inventive recycling practices of Green Planet 21 in the western United States. In New York City, Callard works with the XFR Collective, Inc. to keep early audiovisual work by artists and activists visible. Still a member of Collaborative Projects, Inc. (COLAB), her 1980 photographs documented the iconic Times Square Show and have been published in numerous works of art history.
Sarah Gentile is an archivist with a specialization in cultural heritage. She works in the Conservation Department of The Museum of Modern Art, specializing in media conservation. Prior to that, she was Assistant Archivist at Brooklyn Museum’s Digital Lab and later worked at Brooklyn Academy of Music as Digital Archivist project managing the BAM Leon Levy Archives site. She holds a BA from UMASS and an MLIS with a certificate in archival studies from CUNY. Primarily concerned with archival access, she strives to think professionally about forever and a day.
Caroline Gil is a media archivist, with experience working with artists, cultural heritage institutions, private art collectors, and non-profits. Caroline is currently a Fellow in Media Conservation at The Museum of Modern Art, and has worked at the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklore and Cultural Heritage, the New Art Trust, New York Public Library, Third World Newsreel, Allied Productions, Filmoteca Cataluña, and with media artists’ personal collections. She is a graduate of NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, holds a Director of Cinematography MA from Universidad de Barcelona-ESCAC and BA in Visual Arts.
Kelly Haydon is a project manager at CUNY TV. Previously, she was the Audiovisual Archivist for NYU Special Collections and the Preservation Manager at Bay Area Video Coalition. She holds degrees from NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program (where she is also an adjunct professor) and School of Visual Arts. In addition to XFR Collective, she is a volunteer archivist at Third World Newsreel.
Noa Kasman is an archivist at Kronos Archives/Tusk Strategies. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2017 with an MSI in Archives and Records Management and Preservation of Information and graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2012 with a BA in Anthropology.
Marie Lascu is the A/V Archivist for Crowing Rooster Arts, a non-profit that has spent 20 years documenting the arts and political struggles of Haiti, Digital Archivist for Ballet Tech, an NYC public school for dance, and Project Manager for the Regional Media Legacies project. She also works as an independent archival consultant with organizations such as Third World Newsreel and the Community Archiving Workshop subcommittee. She is a graduate of NYU’s M.A. in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program (’12), and is the 2016 recipient of the Society of American Archivists Spotlight Award.
Samantha Levin is the Curator of Digital Assets and Audiovisual Materials at the Fashion Institute of Technology library’s unit of Special Collections and College Archives, and has worked for many years as a freelance archivist and records manager. Samantha holds an MSLIS degree from Pratt Institute’s School of Information, and received a BA from the School of Visual Arts. In addition to volunteering for XFR Collective, she is an active member of the Visual Resources Association.
Robin Margolis is a graduate from UCLA’s Media Archival Studies program (MLIS MAS), where he received the 2017 MLIS Award for the Advancement of the Profession. He regularly consults for WITNESS Human Rights Video and the Oral History Projects department of the Academy Foundation. He co-coordinated (with fellow XFR core member Kelly Haydon) the DIYCA (Do-It-Yourself and Community Archives) symposium at the 2016 AMIA Conference in Pittsburgh, where he also received the Sony Pictures Scholarship. He regularly teaches workshops and classes including community based archival storytelling, activist centered frameworks for police accountability video, and personal digital archiving as tool for labor history.
Ana Marie is an Archivist at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Before that she completed a two year NEH Grant to transfer and preserve ~300 hours of WNYC recordings in the Municipal Archives Collection, created between the 1930s and the 1970s. Read about some of her findings at https://www.wnyc.org/people/ana-marie/. Originally from the Austin area, she attended The University of Texas and received a BA in Art History and a MSIS in Information Studies. After graduation in 2012, Ana crisscrossed the country, first working with art collection records at the Perlman Teaching Museum at Carleton College in Minnesota and in digital asset management at Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona.
Traci Mark is a audiovisual archivist at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library in Harlem. Traci specializes in working with cultural heritage institutions and archiving and preservation analog media. In the past she has worked for Anthology Film Archives, WITNESS Human Rights Video, DHX Media, Vtape, Frame Discreet and York University. She is a graduate of Ryerson’s Film Preservation and Collections Management program and holds a BA in Cinema and Media Studies from York University in Toronto, Canada.
Chris Nicols is a multimedia archivist and currently works as a Film Archivist at the New York City Municipal Archives. He holds a Masters degree from NYU and previously worked at Storycorps, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Miami-Dade College Wolfson Archive. He specializes in digitizing and managing collections of historical and documentary analog moving image material.
Benjamin H. Turkus is the Assistant Manager of Audio and Moving Image Preservation at NYPL. He’s an adjunct professor at New York University, where he holds an MA in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation. Previously, he was the Preservation Project Manager at the Bay Area Video Coalition.
Treva Walsh is the Collections Project Manager at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, where she cares for the museum’s collection of Holocaust survivor oral history interviews and manages other collections, exhibitions, and research-related projects. Previously, she led the archival processing team at The HistoryMakers, an African American video oral history archive in Chicago. Her team was responsible for cataloging and indexing over 1200 interviews and conducting biographical research in preparation for many more.
Rebecca Fraimow (Founding Member)
Julia Kim (Founding Member)
Kristin MacDonough (Founding Member)
Regan Sommer McCoy
Pamela Vizner Oyarce (Founding Member)