Tom Colley
Tom Colley, Interim Director

Tom joined the Video Data Bank in 1999 and has been with the organization through many shifts and changes. In 2021 he became the Interim Director. For years as the Archive and Collection Manager, Tom oversaw technical services at the VDB, and was responsible for fulfilling orders and organizing the collection. His activities involved cataloging, preservation, digitization, dubbing, maintaining equipment and archival research. He works closely with the entire VDB team to ensure services run smoothly for all of the VDB's constituents. 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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Emily Martin
Emily Martin, Distribution and Communications Assistant

Emily assists the Distribution Manager in overseeing orders and inquiries, artist and client services, festival distribution, and coordinating exhibition and screening requests from national and international arts organizations. In addition, her responsibilities include general communication/marketing and outreach work. Having previously served as a Graduate Distribution Assistant since 2018, Emily became a full-time VDB staff member in 2021. She received a BA in Screen Arts & Cultures and International Studies from the University of Michigan and a Dual MA in Contemporary & Modern Art History and Arts Administration & Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her past experience includes various administrative, programming, and research activities at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Chicago History Museum, the Chicago Park District, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Lauren Pirratano
Lauren Pirritano, Digital Collection & Media 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. She assists in the management of the archival collection and with preservation, communications, and development work. 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, an MA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is completing her MS/LIS at the ischool at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 
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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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Abina Manning, Former Director

 Abina's work promoting artists' film and video has spanned decades and continents. She officially moved on from the Video Data Bank in the spring of 2021, though she is still informally associated with the organization. Prior to joining the VDB 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.