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. She currently works as an audiovisual archivist for the United Nations.
Sarah Gentile is an archivist with a specialization in cultural heritage. 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 is currently Lead Archivist at Manhattan Theatre Club, working with both analog and born-digital materials to highlight the not-for-profit’s upcoming 50 year anniversary. She holds a BA from UMass, Amherst, and a MLS 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.
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.
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.
Rachel Mattson currently works as the Manager of Special Projects in the Archives at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club. She is a a hybrid historian/archivist/educator/ writer, and holds a PhD in U.S. History from NYU (2004) and an MLIS from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2014), where she was a Henderson Fellow in Preservation Studies. She has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels at New York University, SUNY-New Paltz, and the University of Illinois, and as a teacher-educator supporting creative educational practice in New York’s high schools. Her writing has appeared in the Radical History Review, the Scholar and the Feminist, and in books published by Routledge and Thread Makes Blanket Press, among other publications.
Rebecca Fraimow (Founding Member)
Julia Kim (Founding Member)
Kristin MacDonough (Founding Member)
Pamela Vizner Oyarce (Founding Member)