Amber Pope came to the University of California, Santa Cruz wanting to be an accountant but soon realized that her Economics major wasn’t adding up. Looking for summer opportunities in line with her switch to Sociology, Pope applied to BAVC’s Bridges Fellowship on the recommendation of one of her professors.
Thanks to the BAVC’s Preservation Access Program, I was able to preserve the 2”-master of my film Proust + Vermeer , which was made in French. After a hefty archeological dig, the originial turned up in its unmistakable green plastic box.
I began working at the Wende Museum in the fall of 2013, managing a collection of moving images and sound recordings from the former East Germany and the Soviet Union. They range from 16mm educational films to secret police tapes to home movies.
I recall my relationship with Bay Area Video Coalition beginning in 1982 when I produced Art In The Park. BAVC was one of the exhibiting artists groups who enhanced the event with their presence. My awareness of BAVC's presence and impact in our communities has remained since that time.
I moved from Sacramento to connect with multiple businesses to develop greater opportunities. I heard about BAVC when I started attending SF City College. BAVC gave me a great opportunity by connecting to multiple resources which I had no clue even existed.
In 2010 I worked with BAVC’s Preservation team to convert some old half inch reel-to-reel videotapes to digital files. The tapes were video documentation of my 1975 performance art work Splitting the Axis at the Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley.
I am the Executive Director of NOVAC (New Orleans Video Access Center), a media arts non-profit that serves the cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge in Louisiana. Under my term as leader, the preservation of our 43 year archive has become an organization priority.