Meet the New Director of the Film & Television Archive

The Library welcomes May Hong HaDuong, who became the director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive (FTVA) in February. A proud Bruin (M.A., 2006), HaDuong returns to campus, where her passion for moving image archiving and a 15-year career in the field were launched. HaDuong previously served as the senior manager of public access at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Now at the helm of the world’s largest university-based moving image archive, HaDuong shares her vision and goals.

What are your primary objectives?
My focus for this year includes establishing a robust digital infrastructure so we can increase digital preservation and provide access more easily, strengthening relationships across campus, developing programming that will reach local and global audiences, and ensuring that at-risk films and television programming are preserved. As we reflect on our processes and mission, I aim to bring an ethos grounded in equity, diversity and inclusion to this important work.

What are some of the challenges to achieving those goals?
As we strive to save our cultural memory, it is clear that our imagination and expertise will far surpass the resources available to us. We are in a race against time. We need more advanced preservation and access tools, funds to support student opportunities, and resources to build collections that reflect communities on campus and beyond. Donor support is foundational to this work.

It's unique to have a moving image archive of this caliber at a university. What opportunities does this offer to our campus community? 
As an archive set in a world-class institution of higher learning, we work with faculty across departments to provide materials for instruction and research. For every interest and area of study—design, politics, music, history, cultural and ethnic studies—we have collections that document and tell stories in ways that are completely unique. As a learning institution, the archive is part of a curious, intellectual and engaged environment. Our public programs reflect this spirit, providing spaces—virtual and physical—for connection to a truly impressive collection.

What is your favorite movie or television show? 
I really love The Twilight Zone, the Three Colors Trilogy, Moonlight, Double Suicide and Paris is Burning, a title restored by the FTVA in collaboration with the Sundance Institute and Outfest.