Sandra Schulberg

Sandra Schulberg, President & Executive Director, is a longtime advocate of "Off-Hollywood" filmmakers. She founded the IFP in the late 70s, co-founded First Run Features in 1980, and is currently a member of the distribution cooperative New Day Films. In the early days of the Sundance Film Institute, she served as a nominator to its lab program and on the Sundance Film Festival advisory committee. She currently serves on the advisory committee of the Women's Film Preservation Fund (created by Women in Film & Television), and is a member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists. As a producer, she has many films to her credit, most recently Beth B's Exposed. She also restored her father's film, Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today [The Schulberg/Waletzky Restoration], and collaborated with the Academy Film Archive to preserve two dozen Marshall Plan and OMGUS films.

Israel Ehrisman

Israel Ehrisman, Chief Technology Officer, is the wizard behind the IndieCollect Index. This catalog of U.S. independent film, video and digital titles is a virtual edifice that is constantly evolving to meet the needs of our community of users: media makers & activists, archivists, scholars, programmers and cinephiles. Besides his experience in software development and network security, Israel has produced or co-produced several films, including Prodigal Sons and Paul Goodman Changed My Life.

Steve Blakely

Steve Blakely, Collection Assessment & Archive Liaison Officer, is expert in all aspects of the film laboratory process. Steve began his film career in Salt Lake City, Utah, and later worked at DuArt Film & Video in New York City for 34 years. As DuArt's Vice President, he has always worked to help filmmakers realize their visions. Besides providing strategic direction to design of the IndieCollect Index, Steve supervises the film documentation process and works closely with our archival collaborators to find the most appropriate repository for each set of film materials.

Richard Peña

Richard Peña, Editor-in-Chief, is one of the world's most respected film scholars and curators, and spent 25 years as director of the New York Film Festival. He currently hosts the WNET-TV weekly film series, Reel 13 and is professor of Media Studies at Columbia University. As Editor-in-Chief of the IndieCollect Encyclopedia, Richard and his covey of freelance writers are developing a rich library of essays and reviews for scholars, programmers and cinephiles, keyed to the titles in the IndieCollect Index.

Pamela Vizner

Pamela Vizner Oyarce joined the Laboratory for Icon & Idiom, Inc. (LII) in the fall of 2014 as its first Audio Visual Archivist. She will focus on LII’s IndieCollect program, a national campaign to document and archive American independent cinema that involves collaboration with all the major American film archives, with many specialty archives in the United States and with national archives throughout Latin America.

An expert in the management, care and handling of media collections, from film to born-digital materials (including audio), she holds an MA degree from the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program at New York University (MIAP). Since then, she has worked with Human Rights Watch, the New York Public Library, the National Film Archives of the Philippines, and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Chile. Vizner also organized the 2014 Audiovisual Preservation Exchange (APEX) Program in Montevideo, Uruguay and is a core member of the XFR Collective in New York. She holds a BA in Music and Sound Sciences from Universidad de Chile.

Through the spring of 2015, Vizner will continue to work as a consultant to Bill Brand at BB Optics where she assists on the preservation of avant-garde films.

Lucy Obispor

Lucy Obispo, Accountant, is responsible of LII’s financials. She earned her Accounting degree at Fordham University and has two decades of experience in media entertainment, advertising, finance, and non-profit administration. In addition to her work for LII, she serves as Assistant Controller at a major public interest advertising firm.

Pi (1998)



During 2014, our crew of film researchers has created inventories of more than 1,600 film titles held in the DuArt film vaults. In the process. they became the first team to test and use the IndieCollect Index.

  • Max Chan
  • Nellya Blinova
  • Garry Brewer
  • Kirsten Larvick
  • Lorena Ramirez-Lopez
  • Dorothy Rompalske

Board of Directors

IndieCollect is a program of the Laboratory for Icon & Idiom, Inc. (LII), a non-profit organization. The LII Board of Directors includes:

  • Sandra Schulberg, LII President
  • Ted Hope, LII Vice President, and Head of Production, Amazon Original Movies
  • Lyda Kuth, LII Treasurer, and Executive Director of the LEF Foundation
  • Nicole Guillemet, incoming LII Treasurer, former VP of Sundance Institute 
  • Caroline Camougis, Principal in Dephi Partners
  • Geralyn Dreyfous, Founder & Executive Director of the Utah Film Center
  • Brian Newman, Founder, Sub-Genre Consulting & Crowdplay LLC


  • Sue Reda, of the firm of Kimerling & Wisdom, is our CPA.