Stephanie Sapienza

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As a Project Manager, Stephanie works with the entire MITH team to coordinate and implement research and development projects, public programs and communications. She has a BA in Film Studies from the University of Kansas and an MA in Moving Image Archive Studies from UCLA, where her work focused on issues related to access to and reuse of historical media collections with a focus on broadcasting, experimental film and animation history.

In the past, Stephanie was the Project Manager for the American Archive of Public Broadcasting at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, where she managed strategic operational planning for metadata and digitization initiatives. Before moving to DC in 2010, she was the Project Director on a Getty-funded grant for Los Angeles Filmforum entitled Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in LA 1945  -1980, a historical survey and preservation project resulting in over 35 new oral histories, an academic symposium, a media-rich website and database and a 16+screening exhibition series. The project was part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative showcasing postwar art in Los Angeles.  She also served as Managing Director of iotaCenter, a small nonprofit film archive of experimental film and abstract animation.

Before graduate school, Stephanie worked for six years as a researcher and producer on documentaries and television shows, and specialized in finding and licensing archival footage and photos for use in productions.

Research Interests

  • Archival initiatives utilizing audiovisual media, with an emphasis on broadcasting, oral history, and orphan film collections
  • Stewardship of digital humanities research data

  • Developing collaborative partnerships which merge digital humanities methods, library & archival education, and digital library initiatives

Featured Research

Digital Dialogues