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. Elise studied Preserving and Presenting the Moving Image at SAIC (taught by Kartemquin’s consulting archivist Carolyn Faber). Here, Elise first learned about Kartemquin Films, its early 16mm films, and its collections at large. They were struck by the ability of vérité to carry political resonance across history, and went on to explore experimental documentary.