Allen Perkins is a freshman at the University of South Carolina majoring in Media Arts. His dream has always been to direct film and he can be found watching movies of all genres and nationalities, with an emphasis on those that aren't mainstream or well-known. In his spare time he creates stop motion shorts and has also contributed two articles to the website SciFi Japan and cooperated with The Criterion Collection on their Blu-ray/DVD release of GODZILLA. At MIRC Allen is currently working on processing the SCETV film collection and inventorying SCETV production materials.
John Quirk earned a Masters in Library and Information Science from USC along with a Certificate in Advanced Studies in Archives. His undergraduate BA from Seton Hall University focused on film making and television production and he also studied fine art at the Art Students League of New York and the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. Some of his past work endeavors have included film restoration technician, cartoonist, museum tour guide and dessert chef. After working for many years in television as a director and art director he recently shifted his attention to archival materials. John is currently processing and cataloging the South Carolina Arts Commission Collection.
Nathan Saunders is a doctoral candidate in the history department at the University of South Carolina. After completing two projects using MIRC materials, Nathan became interested in archival techniques. He is currently cataloging and assessing the condition of MIRC's large video tape collection. His focus so far has been on the hundreds of tapes featuring University of South Carolina athletic teams. Nathan has especially enjoyed reliving the thrill of victory and (more often) the agony of defeat as he watches the Gamecocks of the 1980s and early 1990s take the field.
Shawn VanCour is a media historian who writes on the rise of radio and television in the United States and teaches courses in Film and Media Studies at USC. He has conducted research at MIRC as a postdoctoral research fellow and is currently assisting with processing of materials in the Covington Collection.
Travis Wagner has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Augusta State University and is currently pursing a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. His research interests include Feminist Film Theory, Gender in East Asian Cinema and Race Relations in American Cinema. Travis is volunteering at MIRC and is currently working with the collection of Film Posters held at MIRC, as well as a collection of public information films from the Spartanberg Police Department. He has an interest in the Chinese Film Collection and has already volunteered with the Confucius Institute for their annual conferences on Chinese Films