Tom Colley
Tom Colley, Director

Tom joined the Video Data Bank in 1999 and has been with the organization in a variety of roles, and through many shifts and changes. In 2022 he was appointed as the Director. During his time as Archive and Collection Manager, Tom led the process of migrating the VDB’s collections from analog to digital formats, and he has been integral in projects to modernize the VDB’s distribution systems and digital workflows. 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 BA in Studio Art and Anthropology from Oberlin College, and an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He is also an active member of AMIA, the Association of Moving Image Archivists.

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Emily Martin
Emily Martin, Distribution Manager

Emily oversees orders and inquiries regarding purchases and rentals, artist and client services, festival distribution, and coordinating exhibitions and screenings with national and international arts organizations. She has been a part of the VDB team serving in different roles since 2018, most recently as Distribution and Communications Assistant. Emily 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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Peixuan Ouyang
Peixuan Ouyang, Digital Collection & Media Manager

Peixuan designs and maintains digital assets and printed materials for communication, distribution, and marketing purposes. Peixuan also supervises the operation of the website and digital delivery systems, maintains and organizes digital collections to ensure accessibility via various platforms. Outside of the VDB, Peixuan makes experimental nonfiction videos and has shown at several international film festivals. Peixuan received a BA in Studio Art and Cinema and Media Studies from Carleton College and an MFA in Film, Video, New Media and Animation from the School of the Art Institute 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.