The classes and training practicums are taught primarily by the staff of the Moving Image Department at the George Eastman Museum. Experts in the archival field from national and international institutions are scheduled to hold special seminars for students on a regular basis in order to cover the broad variety of topics in the program.

Moving Image Department Staff

Kyle Alvut, Manager, Digital Laboratory
Kyle Alvut worked as colorist at Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, NY. He directed operations in the Entertainment Imaging Film & Digital Systems Laboratory, and he brings experience in traditional and digital color correction, video and digital post-production workflow, and digital intermediate applications. In addition to guest lectures for the Digital Cinema program at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Alvut also teaches an adjunct course in Digital Color Correction for both BS and BFA students in the School of Film and Animation. Most recently, he has provided lectures to students of the Selznick School at the George Eastman Museum in Film to Digital Transfer Systems.14.


Bryan Burns, Preservation Officer
Bryan hails from Charlottesville, Virginia. After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BA in Film in 2011 he worked for four years at a photographic print lab and as an archival digitization specialist for Ancestry.com. Bryan graduated from the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation in 2017.


Jared Case, Head of Collection Information, Research and Access
A 2002 graduate of the L Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation, Jared Case oversees the Moving Image Department's catalog and cataloging procedures as well as providing access to on-site researchers, in-house exhibitions, and international film loans. He now instructs new students of the Selznick School in these areas. Case is a film noir aficionado. In December 2011, Case appeared on Turner Classic Movies with Robert Osborne, promoting the George Eastman Museum and its preservation efforts during the network's 24-hour salute to the museum.


Paolo Cherchi Usai, Senior Curator
Paolo Cherchi Usai is Curator Emeritus of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, co-founder of the Pordenone Silent Film Festival and of The L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation. He is Resident Curator at the Telluride Film Festival. He directed the experimental film Passio (2007), adapted from his book The Death of Cinema (BFI, 2001). His most recent work is Film Curatorship: Archives, Museums, and the Digital Marketplace (Synema, 2008).


Spencer Christiano, Chief Projectionist
Spencer joined the Moving Image Department in 2014, having previously served as the Technical Manager and Head Projectionist of the Cinema Theater in Rochester for 9 years. He has lectured on archival film projection for the University of Rochester, as well as the 2016 Film Preservation and Restoration Workshop at the National Film Archive of India in Pune (his report on this workshop may be found in the Journal of Film Preservation #95). For 2 years, he was the Technical Manager of the MuCCC Theater, where he is currently an Artist in Residence and the theater's New Play Facilitator. He is also a published playwright, whose body of work includes "Endangered Features," a one-man play about the world of film archivism, projection as a technical art, and the evolution of cinema from its analog roots to cutting-edge digital.


Nancy Kauffman, Archivist, Stills, Posters, and Paper Collection
Nancy Kauffman received her B.A in English from Arizona State University in 1987 and her master's in library science from Emporia State University in 2004. She graduated from the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation in 2005. She worked as a paralegal in litigation and environmental law for sixteen years in Portland, Oregon. Kauffman joined the Moving Image Department shortly after graduating from the Selznick School as a curatorial assistant. In 2007, she was promoted to Stills Archivist.


Anthony L'Abbate, Preservation Manager
Anthony L'Abbate is a 1999 graduate of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation, after graduation he worked for two years at the Cinema Arts Laboratory, in Angels, Pennsylvania, as their contact printer. He returned to the George Eastman Museum in the fall of 2001 as the stills archivist. Since March 2007, he has worked in preservation.


Sam Lane, Film Conservation Specialist
Sam is a graduate of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation from the class of 2017. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Media Studies from the University of Rochester. Sam has worked as a film projectionist in New Mexico and at the Dryden Theatre in Rochester, NY and he interned at the George Eastman Museum for two years. He is now completing his Master’s Degree at the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation and the University of Rochester.


Sophia Lorent, Curatorial Assistant
Sophia Lorent was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. She received her BA in history at University of Wisconsin–La Crosse in 2012. While attending school, she worked for the UW-L Oral History Department digitizing cassette recordings and interned at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research in the summer of 2012. She is a graduate of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation class of 2014. In 2015, she completed her MA at the University of Rochester. As curatorial assistant, she is responsible for research and access, through assisting on-site researchers and answering inquiries about the department’s many collections.


Jurij Meden, Curator of Film Exhibitions
Jurij Meden was born in Ljubljana and grew up attending the Slovenian Cinematheque, where he later served as the curator of film exhibitions and occasional film restorer. He has twenty years of international experience in curating film programs, lecturing, publishing and writing about cinema.


Gordon Nelson, Digital Technician
Gordon holds a BFA in Cinema from Edinboro University and he is a 2015 graduate of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation. His professional background includes working as a filmmaker, educator and curator. His films have been screened at many venues, including MoMA and Anthology Film Archive. He has taught film and video courses at MassArt, Pittsburgh Filmmakers and the University of Rochester. He programmed 35mm film screenings for the Carnegie Museum of Art and he helped establish and operate Jefferson Presents, a Pittsburgh-based experimental microcinema collective active from 2000-09.


Deborah Stoiber, Collection Manager
Deborah Stoiber is from Fresno, California, where she received her BA in economics from California State University, Fresno. After graduating from the L. Jeffrey Selznick School in 1998, she worked at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, assessing their 16mm collection. Returning to Rochester, she was the assistant vault manager of the William K. Everson Collection at the George Eastman Museum, from 1998 to 2000 and the nitrate vault manager of the Louis B. Mayer Conservation Center at the museum from 2000 to 2010. In 2010, she became the collection manager of the Moving Image Department’s film and video collection, holdings of more than 100,000 reels in nitrate and safety stock. Stoiber works to keep this film heritage in the best conditions possible, so that they may last for generations. As an instructor in the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation, she teaches the identification, storage, and inspection of motion picture film. She is also the technical director of the Nitrate Picture Show.


Jeffrey Stoiber, Assistant Curator, the L. Jeffrey School of Film Preservation
Jeff Stoiber has both his BA in Media Studies (1993) and his Masters of Library Science (1997) from the State University of New York at Buffalo, his hometown. While completing his MLS he interned at both the American Film Institute and the George Eastman Museum. The Eastman Museum internship led to his employment as the Administrator of the Selznick School a position he has held since 1997.


Edward E. Stratmann, Curator Emeritus
Ed Stratmann started at the museum on December 12, 1974. He was hired by James Card and has worked for all curators/department heads of the Moving Image Department. He began his career at the museum as a curatorial assistant, working with nitrate films and, over the years, has been film technician, vault manager, projectionist, in charge of the study center, assistant curator, and associate curator. Stratmann ran the preservation program at the George Eastman Museum from 1988 to 2010. He received the AMIA Dan and Kathy Leab Award and the Pordenone Preservation Award, both in 1998. He is the only current staff member that has taught and worked with all the years of the Selznick School. Stratmann is also a founding member of AMIA (Association of Moving Image Archivists) and has served on the AMIA Board of Directors as secretary. Ed has been a member of SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Televison Engineers) for more than ten years, has been on the local board of managers three times.


Patrick Tiernan, Assistant Collection Manager
Patrick is the assistant collection manager in the Moving Image Department. He is a Rochester native and received a BS in English with a minor in Film Studies from SUNY College at Brockport. He has worked as a projectionist at the Cinema Theater and the Little Theater.


Alexandra Vasile, Theater Manager
Alexandra was promoted to the title of Dryden Theatre Manager in 2017, and previously worked at the Dryden Box Office since 2015. She is a Rochester native, and received her Bachelor’s degree in Literature from the University of Vermont in 2011, after attending Boston University and the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. She is a local musician and photographer, and is regularly involved in community-based volunteer work, specifically pertaining to media and the arts. Alexandra’s responsibilities as Theatre Manager include overseeing and monitoring operations and events that take place in the Dryden Theatre, managing box office staff, updating the Dryden website and databases, maintaining the theatre and lobby areas, and assisting with Dryden film programming, projection, and public relations.


Caroline Yeager, Assistant Curator, Administration
Caroline Yeager has been a staff member since 1998, when she graduated from the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation. She has 25 years of experience working in performing arts, an MFA from Temple University (1975), and a BS from SUNY Brockport (1972). As assistant curator, she works on the glamorous side of archiving: writing grants to support the collections and developing exhibitions for public access.


Past and Present Instructors

  • Gary Albright (Photographic Conservation)
  • Barry Allen (Film Archiving and Corporate Collections)
  • Janice Allen (Laboratory Techniques)
  • Callie Angell (Avant-Garde and Experimental Film Preservation)
  • Mary Lea Bandy (Curatorial Issues)
  • Schawn Belston (Film Archiving and Corporate Collections)
  • Jean-Louis Bigourdan (Image Permanence)
  • Neil Brand (Silent Film Accompaniment)
  • Harold Brown (Film Handling, Cleaning, and Repair)
  • Kevin Brownlow (Independent Film Preservation)
  • Philip C. Carli (Silent Film Accompaniment)
  • Harold "Rusty" Casselton (Film Collecting)
  • Paolo Cherchi Usai (Film Preservation, Curatorial Issues, Archive Management)
  • James Cozart (Evaluation of Laboratory Work)
  • Grover Crisp (Film Archiving and Corporate Collections)
  • Susan E. Dalton (Cataloging)
  • Gerard de Haan (Digital Film Restoration)
  • Dennis Doros (Film and Video Distribution)
  • Ray Edmondson (Archive Management, Philosophy of Film Preservation)
  • Andy Eggers (Motion Picture Projection)
  • Lois Eggers (Film Festival Management)
  • John Erwin (Laboratory Techniques)
  • David Francis (Curatorial Issues)
  • Franziska Frey (Digital Imaging)
  • Michael Friend (Digital Technologies in Film Preservation)
  • Robert Gitt (History and Preservation of Color and Sound)
  • Richard P. Goldberg (Color Film Preservation and New Color Technologies)
  • Nancy Goldman (Cataloging)
  • Bruce Goldstein (Programming)
  • Peter Greenaway (Museography)
  • Robert A. Harris (Restoration of Feature Films)
  • Robert Heiber (Audio Preservation)
  • Werner Herzog (Filmmakers and Film Preservation)
  • Kelli Hix (Small Gauge Film)
  • Jan-Christopher Horak (Film Archiving in Europe)
  • Livio Jacob (Film Festivals)
  • Clyde Jeavons (Film as a National Heritage, Archive Management, Curatorial Issues)
  • Darryl Jones (Motion Picture Projection)
  • Martin Koerber (Restoration Strategies)
  • Richard Koszarski (Filmmuseums)
  • Edith Kramer (Programming, Collections Access)
  • Peter Kubelka (Philosophy of Film Preservation)
  • Jeff Lambert (Fundraising, Avant-Garde and Experimental Film Preservation)
  • Andy Lampert (Avant-Garde and Experimental Film Preservation)
  • Ted Larson (Film Collecting)
  • Diana Little (Laboratory Techniques)
  • David Long (Videotape Technology)
  • Pat Loughney (Administration)
  • Gregory Lukow (Administration)
  • Mike Mashon (Acquisitions)
  • Alan Masson (Laboratory Techniques)
  • Nicola Mazzanti (Laboratory Techniques)
  • Annette Melville (Fundraising)
  • Charles Musser (Film Archives and Early Cinema)
  • Douglas Nishimura (Image Permanence)
  • Bob O'Neil (Film Archiving and Corporate Collections)
  • Rich Olson (Videotape Technology)
  • Gerry Orlando (Film Collecting and Public Speaking)
  • Enno Patalas (Film Restoration)
  • David Pierce (Copyright Issues and Film History)
  • Rick Prelinger (Preservation of Ephemeral Films)
  • Ned Price (Asset Management in Studio Archives)
  • John Pytlak (Motion Picture Projection)
  • Paul Read (Digital Laboratory Techniques)
  • James Reilly (Image Permanence)
  • Eddie Richmond (Curatorial Issues)
  • David Robinson (Film Festivals)
  • Joshua Romphf (Codecs, Wrappers, and Transcoding)
  • Robert Rosen (Curatorial Issues)
  • Patricia Russotti (Digital Image Manipulation)
  • Henning Schou (Film Chemistry, Hands-on Training)
  • Eric Schwartz (Intellectual Property)
  • Karan Sheldon (Regional Film Archives)
  • Patrick Stanbury (Independent Film Preservation)
  • Dwight Swanson (Regional Film Archives)
  • Olwen Terris (Cataloging)
  • Yuri Tsivian (Film Historiography)
  • Juan Vrijs (Laboratory Techniques)
  • David Weiss (Regional Film Archives)
  • James Wheeler (Videotape Preservation)
  • James Young (Audio Preservation)
  • Rollie Zavada (Small Gauge Film)