Tea Breaks are a recent tradition for MIAS, and one of the unique features of our program. The Tea Breaks are a regularly scheduled time between classes each week for current students to meet, share a bite to eat, and catch up on campus news and items of interest from the audiovisual preservation world. Whenever possible, the Tea Breaks include a guest from another campus unit or the wider professional community. Visiting speakers are invited to meet the students and hear about their research interests, as well as share their own professional history and experience or discuss a current project.

Some guests bring an item for show-and-tell (everything from an Emmy statuette to a recently published monograph on 19th-century panoramas), but the Tea Breaks are structured as a social gathering, not a formal colloquium or guest lecture. These casual conversations are still of tremendous value to students’ intellectual and professional growth; among other things, they help emerging professionals appreciate the breadth and diversity of the preservation field; they offer insights into the career progression of senior colleagues; and they reinforce valuable connections between the MIAS program and its many stakeholders, both in and outside of the LA area.

Tea Breaks will be held in the IS Salon, on the second floor of the GSEIS building, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM on Fridays during the Spring 2016 academic term. (Tea Break meeting time is subject to change on a quarterly basis to accommodate class schedules.) The weekly meetings are open to all members of the UCLA academic community; light refreshments are served.

Tea Break speakers for Spring 2016 will be posted here as they are confirmed:

April 1: No guest (Orphans planning)

April 8: NO TEA BREAK (Orphans X in Culpeper)

April 15: NO TEA BREAK

April 22: Liza Posas (MLIS ’02), Head Librarian, Autry National Center and LA as Subject Coordinator, USC Libraries

April 29: TBD

May 6: Tony Best (MIAS ’10), Digital Archivist and Producer, LA Rebellion DVD project

May 13: Portfolio Day / Celebrating the MIAS Class of 2016!

May 20: Mark Quigley (Manager, Archive Research and Study Center) and Dan Einstein (Television Archivist), UCLA Film & Television Archive (Meet Dan and Mark online in this video!)

May 27: Megan Gruchow (MIAS ’14), Assistant Archivist, NBC Universal Archives and Collections

Social Media: #TeaBreak @UCLAmias

Past Tea Break guests


Brian Bartelt, General Manager, Post Haste Digital
Kathryn Claypool, Curation Operations Manager/Digital Archive Team, Paramount
Alina Sinetos (MIAS ’15), Graduate Intern, Getty Research Institute
Lynn Boyden (MLIS ’97), Information Architect – Web Services, University of Southern California
Jeffrey McCluskey (MIAS ’13), Digital Library Services Assistant, Getty Research Institute
Jess DePrest, PhD Student in Film, Television & Digital Media, UCLA
Lauren Sorensen, Digital Asset Manager and Archivist, Hammer Museum
Shira Peltzman, Digital Archivist, UCLA Library Special Collections
Anne Coco (MLIS), Graphic Arts Librarian, AMPAS/Margaret Herrick Library
Leah Tuttle (MIAS ’07), Administrator of Archiving Services, DC Comics
Camille Mathieu (MLIS ’15), Archivist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Lauren O’Connor (MIAS ’14), Preservation Resources Fellow, Bay Area Video Coalition
Sam Long, Director of Technology and Preservation, Bay Area Video Coalition
Andra Darlington (MLIS ’01), Head of Special Collections Management, Getty Research Institute
Matt Soar, Concordia University; Lost Leaders Project
Kris Brix, Digital Archive Manager, WeMash
Michael Pogorzelski, Director, Academy Film Archive
John Polito, Owner and Chief Engineer, Audio Mechanics
Kate Dollenmayer, Audiovisual Archivist, Wende Museum
Skip Elsheimer, Founder, A/V Geeks
Yasmin Dessem (MIAS ’12), Audiovisual Preservation Specialist, UCLA Library Preservation Department
Dalena Hunter (MLIS ’07, PhD), Librarian, UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies
Gina James, Director of Archive Operations, NBCUniversal
Alan Boyd, film collector and producer
Elaina Archer, Director of Archive and Legacy, Mary Pickford Foundation
Shiraz Bhathena (MIAS ’10), Video Archive and Post-Production Specialist, USC Shoah Foundation
Jenni Matz, Digital Asset Manager/Producer, Television Academy Foundation / Archive of American Television
Adrienne Fallace, Manager of Archive Content, Television Academy Foundation / Archive of American Television
Hillary Howell (MIAS ’05), Archivist, Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Karen Stetler, Producer, Criterion Collection
Theo Gluck, Director, Library Restoration and Preservation, Walt Disney Pictures
Alice Royer (MIAS ’10), Manager, Outfest Legacy Project
Philip Leers (MIAS ’11), Project Manager for Digital Initiatives, Hammer Museum
Adam Hyman, Executive Director and Programmer, LA Film Forum
Jeffrey Masino, Associate Director, Academy Film Archive; Founder, Flicker Alley
Guy Edmonds, Cognovo Research Fellow, Plymouth University
Rhonda Vigeant, Co-Owner and VP of Marketing, Pro8mm; founder, Home Movie Legacy Project


David Crosthwait, DC Video
Dawn Aveline (Head of UCLA Library Preservation Unit)
Erica Cusi Wortham (Assistant Professor, George Washington University Department of Anthropology)
Teresa Barnett (UCLA Center for Oral History Research)
Paul Korver (Founder, Cinelicious)
Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr (Echo Park Film Center)
Leo Enticknap (Author of Moving Image Technology: From Zoetrope to Digital and Film Restoration: The Culture and Science of Audiovisual Heritage)
Heather Cochran (Director, Academy Museum Project)
Jeff Joseph (Founder, SabuCat Productions; 3-D Film Expo)
Aaron Bittel (Archivist, UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive)
Siobhan Hagan (AV Preservation Specialist, UCLA Library)
Karen Barcellona (Digital Curator, Academy Film Archive)
Ellen Pearlstein (Associate Professor, Department of Information Studies and UCLA/Getty Master’s Program in the Conservation of Ethnographic and Archaeological Materials)
Elaina Archer (Archive & Legacy Director, Mary Pickford Foundation)
Janice Simpson (Director of Content Preservation, NBCUniversal)
Brian Real (Film Studies Dept., University of Maryland)
Kevin McMahon (MIAS ’06; Library Manager, Southern California Institute of Architecture)
James Crawford (Audio Preservation Manager at Film Technology, Inc.)

Kevin Brownlow (Academy Award™-winning historian and director)
Jan-Christopher Horak (Director, UCLA Film & Television Archive, Director)
Mark Quigley (Manager, Archive Research and Study Center, UCLA Film & Television Archive)
Barry Allen (Director, Paramount Archives)
Chris Lane (Sony Repertory, Worldwide Distribution; MIAS ’06)
Meredith Reese (Manager of Archives, Metadata, and Asset Management, HBO; MIAS ’09)
Thelma Ross (Cataloger, Academy Film Archive)
Karen Herman (Director, Archives of American Television, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences)
Jenni Matz (Digital Projects Manager, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences)
Adrienne Fallace (Cataloger, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences)
Erkki Huhtamo (UCLA Design | Media Arts, Professor)
Wendy Horowitz (LAPL; Film Collector; MLIS ’01)
Susan Nickerson (Principal at Nickerson Research, image and footage research firm)