Interim Director, 2009-2013
Mark has a BA in American Studies from Wesleyan University and a MA and PhD in American Civilization from Brown University. He is a Professor of Film and Media Studies and English. When not engaged in archival initiatives, Mark teaches film and media history and conducts research on the institutional causes and consequences of Hollywood cinema. He has published two books and numerous articles.
Chinese Film Archivist
A native of Shanghai,Youngli Li earned a bachelor degree from the Communication University of China (formerly known as Beijing Broadcasting Institute) and completed her M.A. in International Film Studies from Beijing Film Academy. She has been working on the Chinese Film Collection for over two years, cataloguing hundreds of films and making them accessible to non-Chinese speakers. She has also been programming the Chinese Film Festival for the local art house Nickelodeon since 2010 and has been responsible for screening many films from the Collection to the people of Columbia.
Sarah graduated in 2010 with a BA in Media Arts and Film and Media Studies from the University of South Carolina. Her love of silent film brought her to MIRC where she started part time as a student and is now employed full time. Sarah's enthusiasm for film, both old and new, as well as her experiences in the transfer suite, working with all formats of film, video and digital assets, brings inspiration to the archives.
Charlie Sinclair has a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of South Carolina Upstate where he studied film. While at USC Upstate, he co-founded the school’s film club and served as vice president. He is a current graduate student at the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science with a focus in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation. Charlie is also involved in many independent films based in Spartanburg, South Carolina in which he has worked in various crew positions and as an actor. Charlie has been working on the Scott Nixon collection of films at MIRC and aims to process the entire collection this summer.