MIRC Staff

Main Contact Information

Phone: 803-777-6841, Fax: 803-777-4756
Email: MIRC@mailbox.sc.edu


Heather Heckman

Director of Moving Image Research Collections

Heather comes from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW), where she was Interim Assistant Director of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research. Heather is finishing her PhD in Communication Arts at UW, where she also earned MAs in Library and Information Studies and Communication Arts. Her publications include "Burn After Viewing, or, Fire in the Vaults: Nitrate Decomposition and Combustibility" (The American Archivist, Winter 2010) and a forthcoming article on Technicolor design in John Ford's Drums Along the Mohawk.

Scott Allen

Post Production Specialist

A 1990 graduate of the University of South Carolina, Scott has worked at MIRC since it was called the Newsfilm Library, and is the expert operator of the telecine machine, as well as knowledgeable of the collections that pass through the transfer suite under his steady hand and eye. From these years of experience, he believes that far too many "software solutions" are no solutions at all – and result mostly in forced quits and re-boots.

Ashley Blewer

Cataloging Manager, NEH Grant Project

Ashley Blewer is a Master of Library and Information Science candidate at the University of South Carolina with an emphasis on media archiving and preservation. She has a Bachelor of Arts, also from the University of South Carolina, in Graphic Design. She currently works as the metadata cataloger for MIRC's Digital Repository project. In addition to working on the MIRC DVR, she coordinates MIRC's annually held two-day nitrate inspection event, FLIP (Film Library Inspection Party). Ashley is also the Treasurer for the local student SAA chapter, Archival Students Guild, and a member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists.     

Brittany Braddock

Post Production Specialist

 A Columbia, SC native, Brittany earned her BA in Media Arts, with a focus in film, from the University of South Carolina in 2011. She currently supports a software-development project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities by creating high definition scans of optical soundtracks. Brittany works with the nitrate film collections here at MIRC and enjoys handling the decades-old 35mm films that she guides through the Kinetta film scanner with great patience and skill.

Cherrie Brown

Administrative Assistant

Cherrie joined the MIRC team in March 2012. Prior to joining MIRC, she worked in the Administrative Offices of  the Thomas Cooper Library, where she made many good friends amongst the faculty, staff, and students. Cherrie provides essential office support and facilitates the organization of team members and visitors.

Amy Ciesielski

Curator, Science and Nature Films

Amy Ciesielski has an MA in Historical Studies with a focus in Public History from the University of Maryland. While earning her degree, she was a graduate assistant in the university library Special Collections. She has a B.S. in Cinema and Photography from Ithaca College, where she focused primarily on still photography and 16mm film. Before joining MIRC she handled publicity and outreach for an audiobook publisher. 

Ryan Fanning

Post Production Assistant

Ryan Fanning is currently an undergraduate student at the University of South Carolina, majoring in Religious Studies. She was previously employed as the Stack Manager for the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at the Thomas Cooper Library. Before her employment as Stack Manager, she spent two years at MIRC as a student worker while in the Media Arts program at the university. Ryan is glad to be back at MIRC, helping in the Telecine Room, transferring film, and digitizing video for various clients and university faculty.

Stan Lollis


Stan, 'the nitrate man', takes care of the vast nitrate collections at MIRC, with due diligence and care of this format, in the manner to which it deserves. With love and attention, the nitrate film under his care can be prepared for transfer and long term storage, to best preserve it for many generations to come. Stan has worked at MIRC for a number of years and has acute knowledge of nitrate film and the Fox Movietone collection. He has a fondness for music, especially jazz, in its many different forms.

Vanessa Lucas

Cataloging Assistant

Vanessa is a MLIS Candidate at the University of South Carolina with a focus in special libraries and an interest in technical services. She received her B.A in English from the University of South Carolina in 2006. As for hobbies, she enjoys riding her bicycle and practicing yoga, but film is one of her life's earlier passions.  At MIRC, she is a cataloging assistant working with the Fox Movietone collection.

Lydia Pappas

Assistant Director and Curator, Regional Films and Chinese Film Collection

Lydia comes to South Carolina from the UK, by way of Stanford University Libraries Special Collections. Lydia spent many years working in various libraries in London including as film archivist for the City of London at London Metropolitan Archives, and as librarian at The Royal Society of Medicine and the Royal London Hospital. She has a BSc in Library Science from London Metropolitan University and a MA in Film Archiving from the University of East Anglia, Norwich. Lydia likes walking in the woods with her dog, folk music, cooking and the color purple (the colour not the film.)

Benjamin Singleton

Production Manager

Ben has a Master of Mass Communications degree, as well as many years of experience at MIRC in all aspects of its workflows, and keeps a steady hand on the tiller steering MIRC through both rough and smooth production times. His interests include baroque music and realization of thoroughbass on guitar, jaguar motor vehicle maintenance, and oil painting techniques of the 17th century.

Ran Wei

Cataloguer, Chinese Film Collection

Ran Wei is the Cataloguer for the Chinese Film Collection and came to MIRC from Beijing, with help from the Confucius Institute, where she also works. Ran is from China and is a graduate student of the Beijing Film Academy. She is working on the Chinese Film Collections at MIRC, cataloguing the many films that need describing in fuller detail. Ran enjoys the many documentaries about her homeland and has even found interesting films about her hometown. Peaceful life and fulfilling work here make her feel delighted every day!

Greg Wilsbacher

Curator, Newsfilm Collections

Greg earned his PhD in English from Indiana University and an MLIS from the University of South Carolina. His publications include, "Forgotten History?: The Value of Newsreel Libraries" (The Chronicle Review, 2009) and "Al Brick: The Forgotten Newsreel Man At Pearl Harbor" (The Moving Image, 2010). Currently, he is at work on a history of the original Fox silent newsreel, Fox News.

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