Lois Weber's Shoes (1916) The hand of poverty. Courtesy: Milestone Films (link: https://www.milestonefilms.com)

Member Spotlight

The Volunteers that Power AMIA

Moriah Ulinskas

As project manager of AMIA’s Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship, Moriah welcomed the inaugural cohort of fellows in June. As the program was launching in March, the pandemic changed everything, and Moriah  – with program partners, the ADIFP Task Force, and the fellows – redesigned the program to move forward in new circumstances, and managed to expand the program at the same time. While she says “being able to keep the fellowship afloat is something that has really kept my spirits up during an otherwise dreadful time,” we want to say thank you, Moriah, for being a champion for the fellows, and for keeping this program moving during an otherwise dreadful time!

Moriah is an Archivist and PhD candidate in Public History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the project manager for two current Community Archiving Workshop projects, and aaaaa recipient of AMIA’s William S. O’Farrell Volunteer Award.

Candace Ming

The chair of AMIA’s newly founded Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Task Force, Candace has been working with task force members and the project manager to develop program components not only for our current cohort of Fellows, but helping to build a foundation for future cohorts. Thank you, Candace, for leading the task force in not only creating an enriching and engaging experience for our 2020 fellows, but a model to seek funding for future Fellowships.

Candace is a Media Conservation and Digitization Specialist for the National Museum of African American History & Culture. She previously worked for the South Side Home Movie Project at the University of Chicago and specializes in the preservation and presentation of small-gauge films. She is a graduate of the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program at New York University.

Brianna Toth and Andy Uhrich

As co-chairs of the CEA Task Force, the Quaranstream webinar programming is just the most recent work Brianna Toth and Andy Uhrich have accomplished with the other task force members. Chair of the original Task Force, in 2019 Andy worked with other members on a report outlining strategic steps for the development of ongoing continuing education for AMIA.  When Brianna joined Andy as co-chair, the Task Force goal was to map out slate of webinars for 2020 and beyond.  Then COVID hit.  Brianna and Andy refocused the Task Force to develop the Quaranstream webinar series to help bring tools and information that members could use in the midst of a new environment. Thank you, Brianna and Andy, for your  continued service to AMIA and to your dedication in leading this important group, who will continue to bring key education and professional development opportunities to the field!

Brianna Toth works as a Preservation Archivist at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Film Archive on the Blackhawk Films Collection and as the Assistant Archivist at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater. She previously worked for the Conner Family Trust, Estate of George and Mike Kuchar, and digitally preserved the Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park’s videotape collection. Her current research is concerned with the obsolescence of technical expertise within the field of moving image archiving and preservation. She argues that without a platform for the exchange of cross-generational knowledge between AV archivists and technicians, these skills are an important part of our cultural heritage at risk of being lost. Brianna has a Masters in Library Information Science with a focus on Media Archival Studies (MLIS MAS) from UCLA and holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of the Pacific. As an undergraduate, she also studied at Goldsmiths College in London in their Visual Cultures Department.

Andy Uhrich (he/his/him) is the Curator of Film and Media at Washington University in St. Louis. He previously worked as the film archivist at the Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive and is a graduate of NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program.