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Board Members

Thom Andersen has lived in Los Angeles for most of his life. In the 1960s, he made short films, including Melting (1965), Olivia’s Place (1966), and ---  ------- (1967, with Malcolm Brodwick).  In 1974 he completed Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer, an hour-long documentary film about Muybridge’s photographic work. It was restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive in 2013.  In 1995, with Noël Burch, he completed Red Hollywood, a critical video essay about the film works created by the victims of the Hollywood Blacklist. Their work on the history of the Blacklist also produced a book, Les Communistes de Hollywood: Autre chose que des martyrs, published in 1994. In 2003 he completed Los Angeles Plays Itself, a three hour-long movie about the representation of Los Angeles in movies.  It was voted one of the 50 best documentaries ever made in a Sight & Sound critics’ poll. In 2010, he completed "Get Out of the Car," a short 16mm portrait of Los Angeles.  In 2012, he directed Reconversão, an HD video about the work of Portuguese architect Eduard Souto Moura, the winner of Pritzker Prize in 2011. In 2015, he completed The Thoughts That Once We Had, a personal history of cinema loosely inspired by Gilles Deleuze’s books on cinema.He has taught at the California Institute of the Arts since 1987. He was Filmforum programmer from 1995 to 1999. 

Madison Brookshire lives in Los Angeles, where he makes films, videos and music. He has exhibited his work widely, including a residency at the Hammer Museum. He studied cinema at the California Institute of the Arts and Binghamton University and currently works as an educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. He has been programming Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA since the series began in 2012.

Mary Cullather (Treasurer) is an experimental music composer and multi-media artist who lives in Los Angeles and has worked in music, performance, video, photography, and installation. Work has been shown at: DiverseWorks, Huntington Beach Art Center, New Music America, The Orange Show. MFA in Art from CalArts. BA in Music from University of St. Thomas.

Michael Friend (President) is a media archivist who has worked at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, the National Center for Film and Video Preservation at the American Film Institute, and the Academy Film Archive (AMPAS). In addition to lectures and independent restoration work, he is the co-producer of the Reel Thing, an international  symposium focused on film and digital restoration. He has worked for Universal, MGM and Sony (where he is currently employed as a restoration and archival specialist for film and digital assets). He served as chair of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) Technical Commission, and was the secretariat of the Technology Council for seven years.  Currently, he serves on committees at the Association of Moving Image Archives (AMIA) and the Academy’s Sci-Tech Council. For the last decade he has been an adjunct professor at UCLA, primarily in the Moving Image Archive Studies program.

Andrew Hall has an MA in Cinema and Media Studies from UCLA, where he programmed over fifty screenings of contemporary independent and international cinema while serving as Director of UCLA's Melnitz Movies screening series. Board member since 2011.

Adam Hyman (Executive Director) is currently Executive Director and Programmer for Los Angeles Filmforum, serving those roles since 2003.  He was Project Supervisor and co-programmer for Filmforum’s Pacific Standard Time project, Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980. Together with David James, he edited the resulting book. A native Angeleno, he has been a documentary filmmaker for the past eighteen years, producing and/or writing a variety of historical and archaeological documentaries that have aired on the History Channel, the Learning Channel, the Travel Channel, and others. He co-produced the Oscar-nominated documentary "Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience," the PBS version of which won two Emmys. He co-produced “Worse Than War,” a documentary on genocide globally, which premieres on PBS in April 2010.  He has an MFA in Film Production from the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television.

Becca Keating (Vice-President) is a fundraising and grant writing professional based in Los Angeles, with a focus on film and art organizations. She works at Sundance Institute as the Assistant Director of Individual Giving. From 2009 to 2013, she worked for the Ann Arbor Film Festival as a development director and grant writer.

Alison Kozberg is a writer and researcher specializing in the history art institutions and experimental media. She is currently Project Advisor and Curator for Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Film in Latin America, Filmforum’s contribution to Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles/Latin America. She was previously Head Researcher for Filmforum’s major exhibition and research project Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles 1945-1980. She has worked in arts management and programming since 2006, including at the Getty Research Institute on its project Art on Screen. She holds an MA in Critical Studies in the Cinematic Arts from the University of Southern California. 

David James (Secretary) teaches in the School of Cinematic Arts at USC. He is the author or editor of several works on independent American film.  His most recently published book is the acclaimed The Most Typical Avant-Garde: History and Geography of Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles. Together with Adam Hyman, he edited Alternative Projections: Experimental Film In Los Angeles, 1945-1980.

Jesse Lerner is a documentary film and video maker based in Los Angeles. His short films “Natives” (1991, with Scott Sterling) and “T.S.H.” (2003) and feature-length documentaries “Frontierland/Fronterilandia” (1995, with Rubén Ortiz-Torres) “Ruins” (1999) and “The American Egypt” (2001) have screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City, the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, the Sydney Biennale, the Sundance Film Festival, Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao, the Los Angeles International Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and other festivals and museums internationally.

Berenice Reynaud teaches film history, theory and criticism at the California Institute of the Arts. She is the Co-curator of the film/video program at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) in Los Angeles, and a correspondent for the San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain) and the Viennale (Vienna, Austria). She has curated a number of film/video series for the UCLA Film & Television Archive (Los Angeles), the Museum of Modern Art (New York) and the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume (Paris). She is currently writing her third book on Chinese cinema.

Mark Toscano previously acted as Assistant Director of avant-garde distributor Canyon Cinema before starting work as a film preservationist at the Academy Film Archive in Los Angeles in 2003. He specializes in the preservation of experimental cinema, and has worked on films by Robert Nelson, Morgan Fisher, Roberta Friedman, Standish Lawder, the Whitney brothers, Pat O’Neill, Kathy Rose, Adam Beckett, Satyajit Ray, Ray Harryhausen, and many others. His largest ongoing project is the restoration of the complete film output of renowned experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage.