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.
Carmel Curtis was a recent National Digital Stewardship Resident at the Brooklyn Academy of Music where she worked on a project to implement best practices and improve the workflow for the access and preservation of born-digital materials created at BAM. Carmel is a graduate of NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Masters program. For her thesis she looked at historical and contemporary access to audiovisual materials for people who have the misfortune of being incarcerated in the United States. With experience in libraries, archives, production environments, and film festivals, Carmel’s passions are in increasing community access to moving image materials.
Flaminia Fortunato is a conservator of Contemporary Art. She is currently a Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Media Conservation at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
She holds a MA Degree in Conservation-Restoration Modern Materials and Media from the University of Arts Bern, Switzerland. She gained professional experience in both private studios and museum settings.
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.
Michael Grant is an archivist and video preservationist with a pile of jobs. He preserves analog video for NYU Libraries and the Educational Video Center, catalogs and digitizes paper material in the archives at La MaMa E.T.C., and on the side does props and graphic design for some of the musicals that his amazing wife, Kit, writes. He is just a silly little person, but somehow he gets to be involved with some really cool stuff.
Kelly Haydon is the Audiovisual Archivist for Special Collections at New York University’s Elmer C. Bobst Library. Previously, she was 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 the American Jewish Historical Society. 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.
Melanie Kruvelis is a writer, producer, and advocate based in New York. She currently works as a policy analyst for Young Invincibles, where she researches, advocates, and advises city and state leaders on crafting policies aimed at lifting young New Yorkers out of poverty. She’s also the co-creator and producer of Leave a Message After the Tone, a short-form podcast that NPR named as one of its favorite podcasts. Her most recent audio project was featured on the CBC’s Love Me podcast. She’s also an editor of Mike Magazine, an inside-joke-turned-queer-publication. Melanie enjoys bagels, bikes, and haircuts.
Marie Lascu is a graduate of NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) M.A. program. She is the Audiovisual Archivist for Crowing Rooster Arts, a non-profit that has spent 20 years documenting the arts and political struggles of Haiti. She is a co-founder of Activist Archivists (2011-2015), co-organized the 2015 Personal Digital Archiving Conference hosted by MIAP, and is the 2016 recipient of the Society of American Archivists Spotlight Award.
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.
Rebecca Fraimow (Founding Member)
Julia Kim (Founding Member)
Kristin MacDonough (Founding Member)
Pamela Vizner Oyarce (Founding Member)