The Regional Media Legacies (RML) Project Announces 2nd Post-Graduate Fellow

Monday, Sep 14, 2020

The Regional Media Legacies (RML) Team is pleased to announce Claire Fox as the project’s second Post-Graduate Fellow for a year-long appointment! RML Fellow Robert Anen will continue on the project for an additional year-long term.

Claire Fox is the second RML Fellow, appointed to the project in September 2020. She is a 2020 graduate of the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program, where her research focused on topics in digital preservation, time-based media art conservation, and community archiving. Her thesis, Not Normalized: Born-Digital Camera Original Video Formats in the Archives, focused her research on an examination of complex born-digital file formats. Beyond her MIAP coursework, Claire was a participant in the 2019 Audiovisual Preservation Exchange (APEX) program in Puerto Rico, where she collaborated with her MIAP peer Brianna Jones and Osvaldo Rivera, and Orlando Alonso Fortier of the Archivo de Medios Audiovisuales at the University of Puerto Rico on an assessment of the Archivo's television archive. Also as part of APEX, she collaborated with her MIAP peers Danielle Calle and Caroline Gil, Amye McCarther from the New  Museum, and the artist María de Mater O'Neill on an assessment of O'Neill's 1990s e-zine, El Cuarto del Quenepón -- a collaboration that continues with assistance from a Strategic Growth Grant from the Society of American Archivists. Claire is a member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists Continuing Education Advisory Task Force, which aims to develop an online education program for audiovisual archivists and preservationists, and looks forward to bringing her experience to the RML Project.

Robert Anen was appointed the first post-graduate RML Fellow in September of 2019 and accepted an additional year-long term in September of 2020. He received his undergraduate degree in 2011 from Hofstra University in Film Studies and Production. He is a 2017 graduate of the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program. In 2016, he was featured in the New York Times article “A Lost Snippet of Film History, Found in a Home Movie Shot in 1964” for his part in the discovery of footage of a film installation created for the 1964 World’s Fair called “Think” by Charles and Ray Eames, tucked within the home movies of Edward R. Feil at the Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archives. After graduation, he spent his time preserving a film collection of home movies at Old Westbury Gardens on Long Island. In 2017, he also published an article in the film journal Black Camera titled “Community Archiving with the National Black Programming Consortium.” As an RML Fellow, Robert Anen has utilized his local knowledge and specialization in film care to bring to light the film collection of the Sea Cliff Village Museum through inventorying, inspection, and rehousing - the collection consists of 16mm home movies of Roslyn and Sea Cliff families. He is also working on the 16mm film collection of Frazer Dougherty, the co-founder of the LTV Media Archive located in Wainscott, NY.

These appointments will continue the RML project’s goal of researching, identifying, and assisting with hidden audiovisual collections in need of preservation held in memory institutions or with individuals across Long Island, Brooklyn, and Queens.

With the continued support of partner organizations and funding from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, the RML Team and MIAP students will assist in the management and care of film, video, audio, and digital media found across the region in the hopes of revealing valuable hidden collections to the communities in which they reside. The final year of the project will focus on continuing work with current partners such as LTV Archive, Sea Cliff Village Museum, Long Island Studies Institute, and Mineola Historical Society, and sharing care and management information through virtual education opportunities. 

For more information on the RML project, please visit our website.