Elise joined Kartemquin Films as Archive Associate in 2019, serving as primary attendant to the Kartemquin Archive Project. Elise’s duties involve inventory, assessment, and research for the preservation of nearly 18,000 elements spanning more than 50 years of documentary production. They coordinate the retrieval and tracking of these historical elements, investigate project histories, and act as liaison for consultants and institutions developing long-term archival storage and access solutions.
Before joining Kartemquin, Elise worked from 2017-2019 in Flaxman Library’s Media Collections and the Gene Siskel Film Center.
Elise holds a BFA in film, video, and animation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While studying at SAIC, they engaged with diverse topics from queer cinema and science fiction to nuclear physics and the mechanics of 3D animation. Formatively, they took Preserving and Presenting the Moving Image (taught by Kartemquin’s consulting archivist Carolyn Faber). Here, they first learned about Kartemquin Films, its early 16mm films, and its collection at large. They were struck by the ability of vérité to carry political resonance across history, and went on to explore experimental documentary. Today, Elise is a painter and video essayist interested in the topic of aesthetics as it relates to environmental concerns.