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.
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 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, 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.
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.
Kirsten Larvick, Special Projects Adjutant, joined the IndieCollect team in 2014. Since then, she has assisted in the development of all aspects of our operations, from contributing to the design of the IndieCollect Index, to inventorying film assets, to identifying films by women directors that need to be restored, to working in the restoration suite. She serves as Co-Chair of the Women’s Film Preservation Fund, a project of New York Women in Film & Television, and also heads the Al Larvick Conservation Fund, which seeks to preserve home and amateur audiovisual media created prior to 1990.
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.