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 has a 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).

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.

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 and Local TV News Collections

Amy has an MA in Historical Studies, Public History from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. While at UMBC she was a graduate assistant in the university library special collections. She has a BS in Cinema and Photography from Ithaca College, where she focused on still photography and 16mm film. Before joining MIRC, she was the publicist and outreach coordinator for an audiobook publisher. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Library and Information Science at USC.

Asia Harman

Cataloging Manager

Asia comes from Indiana University in Bloomington, where she earned her BFA in Photography and Master of Library Science. During her time at IU she was an Assistant Film Archivist at the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive where she worked with 16mm educational films and helped start a local monthly film screening. She also worked as a Media Preservation Assistant with the Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative. She currently creates records to ensure that collections are findable for researchers and users alike.

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.

Lydia Pappas

Assistant Director and Curator, Regional Films and Chinese Film Collection

Lydia comes to South Carolina from South Wales and the United Kingdom, and after spending many years working in various libraries in London including  The Royal Society of Medicine and the Royal London Hospital became the film archivist for the City of London at London Metropolitan Archives. 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.

Greg Wilsbacher

Curator, Newsfilm Collections and the U.S. Marine Corps Film Repository

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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