Kirsten Larvick is a documentarian and media preservationist. Kirsten freelances on various theatrical, broadcast and web-based non-fiction story projects. Her company, KirstenStudio produces original documentary content. As Co-Chair of the Women’s Film Preservation Fund (WFPF), she is privileged to be part of the only program in the world that works to preserve the cultural legacy of women in the film industry. WFPF was founded by New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). In 2014, she joined IndieCollect as an Audiovisual Archivist. IndieCollect's mission is to save and make accessible American independent cinema. Kirsten founded the Al Larvick Conservation Fund in honor of her grandfather.
Shane Molander is the Deputy State Archivist for the State Historical Society of North Dakota where he has worked since 2002. A North Dakota native, Shane was born in Mayville and grew up in Crosby. He earned a B.A. in History from Minot State University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Dakota.
One of Shane’s duties as Deputy State Archivist is preserving over 3,500 million feet of film in the archives as well as thousands of video tapes of several formats. Organizing, storing, and appraising film and video collections for digitization has been a high priority in the archives. The society continues to collect moving images that relate to life in North Dakota. Shane believes it is important to keep moving images alive and accessible so people today and in the future have the ability to see what past events and everyday life looked like. The society’s museum division will open the Inspiration Gallery in November 2014. The dozens of video screens feature moving images selected from the archives collection.
Dwight Swanson resides in Baltimore. He has a B.A. in history from the University of Colorado and an M.A. in American Studies with an emphasis on popular and material culture from the University of Maryland. His initial training was in photographic history and museum studies. Since graduating from the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at the George Eastman House he has served as the archivist for regional film and video collections at the Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association, Northeast Historic Film and Appalshop, as well as working on projects at the Human Studies Film Archives, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He is a specialist in amateur film and regional film production and has lectured and written extensively on home movies and amateur film, including presentations at the Orphan Film Symposium, the Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium, the University Film and Video Association, and the Association of Moving Image Archivists’ annual conferences. He is a past member of the National Film Preservation Board, and is past co-chair of the Association of Moving Image Archivists’ Small Gauge and Amateur Film Interest Group and the Regional Audio-Visual Archivists’ Interest Group. Dwight serves Al Larvick Conservation Fund as Board Secretary.
Rhonda Vigeant is a business owner, author, speaker, radio show host, educator and home movie consultant.
Her company, Pro8mm in Burbank, California, is dedicated to the professional use of Super 8 film for both production and archiving for over 40 years.
Rhonda’s book, GET “REEL” ABOUT YOUR HOME MOVIE LEGACY…Before It’s Too Late! is filled with practical information for bringing legacy footage into your digital life, tips for archiving and preservation, and how these cultural treasure can help you to better understand your family and yourself.
She is the creator, executive producer and host of The Home Movie Legacy Project, a weekly internet radio show that interviews people telling compelling life stories that center around things found in their home movies, as inspiration on how tocreate projects, organize, digitize and share home movies on social media
She has developed an 8 part webinar series on Home Movie Education, which simplified archival best practices and studio system workflows.
Rhonda has spoken on many conferences and symposiums including Roots Tech, The Digital Imaging Conference, Warner Brothers, and numerous film festivals. She has joined the Al Larvick Conservation Fund as Board Chair.
Laura began her administrative career in nonprofit, where she worked as an auditor and Special Program Administrator. Over the years her experience expanded to supportive and managerial roles in business systems, accounting and operations for national commercial service companies. As a longtime cinephile of British film of the '60s and 70's, and enthusiast of vintage home movies, Laura has joined the Al Larvick Audio Visual Conservation Fund to lend her skill set and passion for preservation to its Board as Treasurer.
Ina Archer's multimedia works and films have been shown nationally including in Cinema Project’s Expanded Frames: a celebration and examination of critical cinema in Portland, Or., “Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970 at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, GA., and The Contemporary Art Museum, Houston. Her awards include residencies at Headlands Center for the Arts,CA., Jentel Artist Residency, Sheridan, WY, Blue Mountain Center, NY and Civitella Ranieri in Umbria, Italy. Ina was a Studio Artist in the Whitney Independent Study program, a NYFA multidisciplinary Fellow, a 2005 Creative Capital grantee in film and video, and a 2010 nominee for the Anonymous Was A Woman award. Archer is adjunct faculty at Parsons The New School for Design. She is the co-chair of New York Women in Film and Television’s Women’s Film Preservation Fund and a board member of IMAP, Independent Media Arts Preservation. She earned a BFA in Film/Video from RISD and a Master’s in Cinema Studies at NYU focusing on race, preservation, early sound cinema and technology. Ina’s writing includes essays and reviews for Film Comment, Framework and Black Camera. She blogs about the “interconnectedness of all things (media)”and a bit about horror at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With over thirty years in the telecommunications and information technology, including 18 years with Verizon Federal, and currently BlackBox, Jeff lends his business and tech knowledge to the Al Larvick A/V Conservation Fund. Having spent much of his youth visiting his Grandpa and Grandma Larvick and joining them on road trips, Jeff also developed a love of the home movie and family history. He has enjoyed sharing his grandfather’s films with family, and most recently with the All 50’s alumni of Valley City High School, where his Grandpa Al served as Athletics Director during his time there. Jeff also spent four years as treasurer for the Michelle Pickens Memorial Fund and paved the way for the foundation to receive 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit. To date the fund has raised over $650,000 to support organ and tissue donation community outreach and educational events for LIfeNet Health Foundation, Virginia’s non-profit organ and tissue procurement’s charitable entity. Jeff looks forward to supporting his sister’s efforts to preserve home movies and historical films for generations to come.
Rachael Stoeltje is the Director of the Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive. For two decades she has worked on preserving, collecting, assessing, archiving and providing access to the vast and varied film collection on the IU campus. In 2011, she formally established these IU Libraries’ moving archive collections into a FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives) member film archive.
In addition to managing the moving image archive, Stoeltje regularly presents locally and at The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) conference, the Orphan Film Symposium, the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) Congress on film preservation and content specific topics. She also teaches a class in film preservation and mentors incoming archivists in the field.
While she has many, many favorite films in the 70,000+ collection, she is particularly fond of some of the home movies in the IU collections and has received NFPF grants to preserve the home movies of John Ford and Hoagy Carmichael and through the IULMIA unit, sponsors Home Movie Day every year.
She is a member of AMIA and serves on the Executive Committee of FIAF.