Patricia Ledesma Villon is a moving image archivist, curator, and researcher from the southeastern San Francisco Bay Area, currently based in Minneapolis. She has processed audiovisual collections and worked on archival initiatives for the Prelinger Archives, the Center for Asian American Media’s “Memories to Light” home movie project, filmmaker and scholar Trinh T. Minh-ha, and the Philippine Film Archive. Her archival practices focus on the intersections of photochemical filmmaking and preservation, theories of audiovisual archiving, digital preservation, artist-made cinema and exhibition, and the history of moving image technology.

She received a B.A. in Media Studies from UC Berkeley and is a graduate of UCLA’s MLIS program with a specialization in Media Archival Studies, where she conducted research(opens in a new tab) on the role of commercial, archival, and artist-run film laboratories in the moving image archiving and preservation field. Patricia is also a member and co-organizer of Light Field(opens in a new tab), an annual exhibition of recent and historical moving image art on film, and an at-large member of the artist-run Black Hole Collective Film Lab in Oakland, California.

She serves on the Board of Directors of Canyon Cinema(opens in a new tab) and is the Bentson Archivist and Assistant Curator of the Moving Image department of the Walker Art Center(opens in a new tab), where she oversees the preservation of the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection.



Selected Presentations, Talks, and Curated Programs

Arnold Flatten Memorial Artist Series, Invited Speaker, "Archivist as Curator, and Relationships in Between: Activating the Moving Image," St. Olaf College, Dept. of Art and Art History, Northfield, MN (Feb. 26, 2024): https://wp.stolaf.edu/art/guests-artists/(opens in a new tab)

Medium Specific: Materiality in 16mm Artists' Films from Canyon Cinema, Presented with Seth Mitter, Century of 16mm, IU Libraries Moving Image Archive, Bloomington, IN (Sept. 15, 2023)

The Relational Sea, an accompaniment to Allan Sekula: Fish Story, Walker Art Center, https://walkerart.org/magazine/the-relational-sea(opens in a new tab)

Invited Panelist, Archival Film Labs, Analogue Resilience: A Film Labs Gathering, Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT), Toronto, ON, Canada (May 30, 2023)

Invited Panelist, Analogue Film Festivals and the Future of Projection, Analogue Resilience: A Film Labs Gathering, Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT), Toronto, ON, Canada (May 28, 2023)

Curator, Light Field 2023, Program 3: http://www.lightfieldfilm.org/2023-program-3(opens in a new tab)

Dispersed Renderings: A Salon with Patricia Ledesma Villon (Mar. 14, 2023): https://canyoncinema.com/2023/02/21/3-14-2023-dispersed-renderings-a-salon-with-patricia-ledesma-villon/(opens in a new tab)

Light Field in Los Angeles, Co-Presented by Los Angeles Filmforum and Mezzanine (Oct. 9, 2022): https://www.lafilmforum.org/archive/summer-fall-2022/light-field-los-angeles/(opens in a new tab)

Facilitator, Kinetta Film Scanning Workshop, Information Studies Media Preservation Lab, UCLA Department of Information Studies (May 2, 2022)

Presenter, “Critical Digitality and Indeterminable Frames: Approaches and Applications for the Moving Image,” 2022 UCLA Artifacts Conference (Apr. 23)

Guest Speaker, The Archive Project: A Conversation with Light Field, San Francisco State University, Fall 2021 (Aug. 26)

Co-Moderator, Handmade Cinemas, Unruly Films: Preserving DIY and Nontraditional Film Elements, Fall 2021 Association of Moving Image Archivists Conference, Online (Nov. 19)

Guest Speaker, CINE 605: Exhibition, Distribution & Festivals: Film Marketing and Reframing the Future of Cinema, San Francisco State University, Fall 2021

Light Field at Winnipeg Underground Film Festival (WUFF) 8 (Jun. 5, 2021): https://www.winnipeguff.com/index.php/2021-program/24--light-field/(opens in a new tab)

Panel Chair, Taking Stock of Amateur Film: Advancing Preservation Through Online Resources, Spring 2021 Association of Moving Image Archivists Conference, Online (Apr. 14)

Co-Presenter, I Know the End: A Salon with Light Field, Canyon Cinema, Online (Feb. 11, 2021): https://canyoncinema.com/2021/02/01/i-know-the-end-a-salon-with-light-field/(opens in a new tab)

Invited Panelist, The After After Life of Home Movies, 2021 Sundance Film Festival, Presented by the Center for Home Movies and the Roxie Theater, Online (Jan. 29): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfHbc60SBoM(opens in a new tab)

Guest Presenter and Collective Member, Commingled Containers: Echoes from the Bay, Program 2—covalences: works from black hole collective film lab, San Francisco Cinematheque, Online (Jan. 9, 2021): https://www.sfcinematheque.org/video-programs/covalences-works-from-black-hole-collective-film-lab/(opens in a new tab)

Invited Co-Presenter, Center for Asian American Media’s “Memories to Light,” The Exploratorium, After Dark Online: Sustenance—Home Movies, Online (Nov. 5, 2020): https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/after-dark-online-home-movies(opens in a new tab)

Curator, Light Field 2020, Program 7: http://www.lightfieldfilm.org/2020-program-7(opens in a new tab) [Cancelled due to COVID-19]

Guest Speaker, Members of Light Field, CINE 601: Film Programming and Exhibitions Management, San Francisco State University, Spring 2020

Invited Panelist, Home Movie Digitization and Access: New Models for Outreach, 2019 Association of Moving Image Archivists Conference, Baltimore, MD (Nov. 16)

Guest Artist and Presenter, Members of Black Hole Collective Film Lab, FILM 176: Experimental Video Workshop, University of California, Santa Cruz, Fall 2019


Writing and Publications

Why is it There: David Kiehn on the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, Screen Slate (Feb. 2024): https://www.screenslate.com/articles/why-it-there-david-kiehn-niles-essanay-silent-film-museum(opens in a new tab)

Villon, Patricia Ledesma. Review of Girl Head: Feminism and Film Materiality by Genevieve Yue. The Moving Image: The Journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists 22, no. 1 (Spring 2022): 164-66. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/885312(opens in a new tab).

Villon, Patricia Ledesma. “Indeterminable Frames: Exploring Digital Humanities Approaches and Applications for the Moving Image.” Cinergie – Il Cinema e Le Altre Arti 10, no. 20 (2021): 125–38. https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.2280-9481/13055(opens in a new tab).


Awards and Honors

2022 UCLA School of Education and Information Studies Marjorie S. Mardellis Scholarship

2021 Association of Moving Image Archivists Rick Chace Foundation Scholarship

2021-22 American Library Association Spectrum Scholar

2020 Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Scholarship Award

2019 Association of Moving Image Archivists Savada Family Legacy Fund Travel Grant


Languages

Fluent English proficiency, Full Cebuano (Bisaya) proficiency, Working Tagalog proficiency, Elementary French proficiency