The words of our partners and alumni speak volumes to the impact of MIAP on moving image heritage. The leadership of MIAP graduates can be felt as heads of film archives and in key positions in advocacy and policy-making groups. They create educational wikis and new scholarship, establish reformatting labs, and consult on digital repository development, metadata requirements and digital asset management. They are establishing new systems of collection management that ensure the sustainability of not only legacy materials but also “born digital” culture.
Director, Jerome Robbins Archives, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
I am in conversations with my MIAP friends, we all have compared notes, and we certainly know that in our experience, we walk into institutions and we are really the only people there that have this unique educational background. And we are relied on exclusively to provide aid for these materials...I am incredibly grateful for this formal training, and know for a fact that it is incredibly valuable to the institutions that we serve...
Director of Operations and Archives, WITNESS
I remember right at the beginning of the [MIAP] program going to a presentation by Mona [Jimenez] and Howard [Besser], and thinking: God, I wish I had that when I was going into this field. I loved the approach...They talked about history, film, video, digital, this broadly conceived notion, and it was very inspiring...It’s amazing what is being taught, what is being learned, and the level of the understanding...
Kara Van Malssen
Senior Consultant, Audiovisual Preservation Solutions
The curriculum has evolved. When I was in the program, we didn’t have as much emphasis on digital…Born-digital barely existed, [but] now we do a lot more work on managing those collections. I feel like I’ve been able to be part of that shift, especially with the [Preserving Digital Public Television Project]. MIAP has had to adapt to the changes...the program has done a great job of having engaged professors who can change their curriculum as needed...
One thing I noticed about MIAP students, which comes from the spirit of faculty, is that there’s a generous passionate, what’s-best-for-the-art-and-field attitude. I think that film archiving has in its history, a kind of collector mentality at its core, a kind of hoarder aspect…MIAP in particular has a very different ethos. They go straight from the program, they already know why they’re here, and they’ve already had a huge impact on the field...it's really exciting to be part of...
One of the really great experiences I had in MIAP was working with a set of nitrate 35mm films...We uncovered these films in the garages of a couple of filmmakers, and we were able to go to Colorlab and learn about how the nitrate was decaying... We got to interview the filmmakers that were still alive and talk to them about their studios and films...I also went to the NJ Archives in Trenton and looked at old newspapers with ads showing the very reel I had in my hands from the 1930s…
Digital Archivist, Anthology Film Archives; Technician/Project Manager, DuArt Restoration
One of my stand out moments was [while I was on my summer internship at the University of South Carolina Moving Image Reseach Collections] where I worked with an extensive news collection. I learned a lot about film scanning and film inspection. I took that 10 weeks and turned it into a really nice thesis that I’m proud of. I took knowledge of digital scanning workflows to places like Anthology [Film Archives]...