Abina Manning, Director


Abina has worked to promote artists' film and video for more than 25 years, in both Europe and the United States. Prior to joining the Video Data Bank in 1999 she worked with a number of arts organizations in the UK., including the LUX Center, the London Film Maker's Co-op, London Electronic Arts, and Cinema of Women. She was Director of the inaugural Pandæmonium Festival of Moving Images, a major European exhibition presented at the Institute for Contemporary Arts in London showcasing film, video, gallery installations, and multi-media works. Abina has participated in many international film and video festivals and art fairs as a juror, panelist, curator, and advisor, and has worked on collaborative projects with arts venues internationally. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Philosophy from Middlesex University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Film and Television from the University of Westminster, London.

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Tom Colley, Archive and Collection Manager


Tom manages technical services at the Video Data Bank, and is responsible for fulfilling orders and organizing the collection. His activities involve cataloging, preservation, digitization, dubbing, and maintaining equipment. He works closely with the Media Producer on digital projects and oversees Graduate Assistants who work on the shipping, receiving, and production of tapes and files. In addition, Tom collaborates in running the Butcher Shop, an artist run studio space. He received a Bachelor's degree in Art and Anthropology from Oberlin College, and a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois. He is also an active member of AMIA, the Association of Moving Image Archivists.

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Lauren Pirritano, Media Producer


Working under the direction of the Archive and Collection Manager, Lauren supervises the production of digital media and delivery systems, as well as working on the design and operation of the website and printed materials.  Lauren has worked on a number of video art related projects including her work at Filmform in Stockholm, Sweden.  She has also assisted in the editing essays and photographs for various publications including the Swedish avant garde magazine OEI and Walden. Outside of the VDB, Lauren maintains her own creative practices as well as manages the design and upkeep of a number of other websites. She has  Bachelor's degrees in Journalism and Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago and an MA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

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Zach Vanes, Distribution Manager


Zach oversees orders and inquiries regarding purchases and rentals, artist and client services, and coordinating exhibitions and screenings with national and international arts organizations. He received a BA in Film Studies and English Literature from DePauw University and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In the past, he has worked behind the scenes at Kartemquin Films, the Chicago International Film Festival, and the Music Box Theatre. He has presented video art programs at Oberhausen International Short Film Festival and Cairo International Video Festival on behalf of the VDB. He also volunteers as a projectionist for Doc Films at University of Chicago. 

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Tamara Becerra Valdez, Distribution Assistant


Tamara assists in processing orders for festivals, libraries, museums, and other arts organizations, as well as communicating directly with artists, curators, and programmers worldwide, and submitting work from the collection to film festivals. Valdez earned her BFA in Studio Art and Anthropology at the University of Texas in Austin and MFA in Moving Image at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has participated as an artist and researcher in several national and international multi-disciplinary projects focused on ecology, place, and heritage, including Political Ecology: Platform Chicago and the Anthropocene Campus at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin. Currently, she is a 2019-2020 BOLT resident artist at Chicago Artist Coalition and a teaching artist in Chicago Public Schools.  

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