Staff, Board & Advisors

Staff


Board Members

The Board of Directors of Northeast Historic Film consists of 13 people. The bylaws allow for as few as three (which is where NHF started in 1986), and as many as 15 board members, each elected for a three-year term.  The Board holds three meetings a year, usually two in Bucksport and third at another location, with additional committee meetings as needed. 

Liz Coffey - Boston, Massachusetts 
Film Conservator for Harvard Film Archive, Weissman Preservation Center.  Graduate of the L. Jeffery Selznick School for Film Preservation at George Eastman House, worked at Northeast Historic Film (2001-2002), and at Rhode Island Historical Society. 
 
Sian Evans - Veazie, Maine
Consulting Producer for documentaries on science, nature and history including  Discovery HD Theater, National Geographic, PBS.  Twenty-seven years of experience, working nationally and internationally. Family roots in Kingman, Macwahoc, and Millinocket, Maine.

James S. Henderson, Vice President - Harpswell, Maine
Principal, Publius Research, a public affairs consulting firm. Author of Maine: An Encyclopedia, a DVD incorporating moving images. Ph.D. in political science from Emory University. Adjunct faculty member, Southern New Hampshire University. Director of the Maine State Archives, 1987-2007.
 
Michael Hutcherson - Islesboro, Maine, and Boston, Mass.
Owner and Producer, Blast Zone Studio, independent media production. Studio Manager for Robert Gardner, artist and filmmaker, Studio7Arts in Cambridge, Mass. Media Services Director, Documentary Educational Resources. BFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University.
 
Maxim Langstaff - Orland, Maine
Founder and managing partner, The Wildheart Group, media production. Writer, producer and on air at WERU, Maine community radio. Family member of Hiram Percy Maxim, founder of the Amateur Cinema League. NYZS/The Wildlife Conservation Society, National Manager, Annual Support, and an executive producer, The Wildlife Concert with John Denver.
 
Andrea McCarty – Middletown, CT 
Curator of the Wesleyan Cinema Archives, Wesleyan University; Masters in Comparative Media Studies from MIT and graduate of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at the George Eastman House. Formerly Director of Archives and Asset Management at HBO and project archivist at WGBH. Manager of the Alamo Theatre and archivist at Northeast Historic Film from 1999–2002.

Mark Neumann, Ph.D. - Flagstaff, Arizona                        
Professor, School of Communication, Northern Arizona University. Teaches cultural and media studies, visual culture, and documentary. Author of Recording Culture: Audio Documentary and the Ethnographic Experience, On the Rim: Looking for the Grand Canyon and a variety of essays on amateur film published in academic journals and edited collections.

Richard Rosen, President - Bucksport, Maine   
Director of Maine Governor’s Office of Policy and Management. Former Chairman of Appropriations & Financial Affairs Committee of the 125th Maine Legislature; served as a member of the Maine Senate for four terms and Maine House of Representatives for three terms. Operated family business, Rosen’s Department Store, named The 2002 Maine Merchant of the Year. University of Maine graduate.
 
Ron Russell - Verona Island, Maine
Director of Bangor/Augusta Operations, Darling's Corp., Brewer, Maine, 1976-present. Native of Castine, Maine, graduate University of Pennsylvania, 1971. In early 1970s worked in advertising film production in Boston with many of the same people as NHF co-founder David Weiss.

Karan Sheldon, Clerk - Milton, Massachusetts
NHF co-founder. Most recently, an initiative to present personal films in fine arts museums, "Poets of their Own Acts: Personal Films 1915-1960, Vernacular Moving Images from the Collections of Northeast Historic Film." More at ksheldonwork.tumblr.com

David S. Weiss - Blue Hill, Maine
Executive Director and co-founder of Northeast Historic Film. Previously media producer in Boston after graduating in film and semiotics from Brown University.

Pamela Wintle - Washington, D.C.
Founder, Smithsonian Institution Human Studies Film Archives. Member, National Film Preservation Board. Founding chair, Association of Moving Image Archivists' amateur film group, Inédits. Family roots in Skowhegan, Maine.

Justin Wolff - Bangor, Maine
Associate Professor of Art History, University of Maine, Orono; Ph.D. from Princeton University. His book, Thomas Hart Benton: A Life, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2012. Teaches courses on American, modern, and contemporary art and serves as the director of the University of Maine Humanities Initiative.
 


Advisors

Individuals with interest in the work of NHF as an organization with a vision for film, video and digital preservation, with broad public access.

  • Gillian Anderson, orchestral conductor and musicologist.
  • Q. David Bowers, author of Nickelodeon Theaters and Their Music.
  • Peter Davis, director of Hearts and Minds.
  • Kathryn Fuller-Seeley, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Cinema Studies/Communications, Georgia State University.
  • Jan-Christopher Horak, Ph.D. Director, UCLA Film and Television Archive.
  • Janna Jones, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Director of the Cinema and Visual Culture program, School of Communication, Northern Arizona University. 
  • Donna Loring, Wabanaki Cultural Tourism Coordinator, Four Directions Development Corporation. 
  • Martha McNamara, Ph.D. Director, Art and Architecture Program, Wellesley College.
  • Eric Schaefer, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College. 
  • Samuel Suratt, Founding member of International Federation of Television Archives.*
  • Tricia Welsch, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Chair of Film Studies, Bowdoin College.
  • David Wexler, owner of Hollywood Vaults.
  • Patricia Zimmermann, Ph.D. Professor of Cinema and Photography, Roy H. Park School of Communications, Ithaca College.

Past Board Members

Past Presidents

David C. Smith, Bangor, ME *
Paul Gelardi, Cape Porpoise, ME

Past Board Members

Thomas Bakalars, Boston, MA
Deborah Joy Corey, Castine, ME
Michael J. Fiori, Readfield, ME
Francis W. Hatch, Jr., Castine, ME *
Donna Loring, Richmond, ME
Alan J. McClelland, Camden, ME *
Judy McGeorge, Ellsworth, ME
Martha McNamara, Boston, MA
Frederick Oettinger, Penobscot, ME
James A. Phillips, Bangor, ME
Terry Rankine, South Thomaston, ME *
Robert Saudek, Washington, DC *
Lynda Tyson, Northeast Harbor, ME

* deceased