Director’s informal debut

Michael Loebenstein. Photo by Silas Brown

MICHAEL Loebenstein, the incoming chief executive of the National Film and Sound Archive was in Canberra this past week to meet prospective colleagues.

Loebenstein, an Austrian film curator and researcher, is an expert in digital archiving and has been curator of special programs at the Austrian Film Museum and a council member for of the International Federation of Film Archives.

Attending the opening of the Larry Sitsky Recital Room at the School of Music with his Irish wife Elaine Brennan, Loebenstein told “CityNews” he was keen to see the archive consolidate its position as one of the important national cultural  institutions in Canberra and to develop its research potential.

Andrew Pike, a member of the archive board, told “CityNews” that “what is really exceptional is that he’ll bring a great deal of entrepreneurial flair to add to his archival expertise and his academic excellence.”

Chairman Chris Puplick has described Loebenstein as uniquely qualified to lead the NFSA “into the next chapter of its history as the opportunities of the National Broadband Network and the national curriculum open up before us.”

He takes up his role formally in October.

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