MIRC Staff

Main Contact Information

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


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.     

Mark Cooper

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.

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.

Yongli Li

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.

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.

Sarah Rice


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.

Charles Sinclair

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.

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!

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