April Hayes

A huge asset to our productivity

“I instantly recognized how wonderful Starchive could be not only for musicians and visual artists, but for filmmakers, and I secretly plotted that I would work with Digital ReLab on as many of my future projects as possible!”

- April Hayes - documentary director/producer; archivist

  • I’m a documentarian with 15 years of experience working on films for HBO, PBS, series such as American Masters, Independent Lens, and Great Performances, and producer/director of shorts featured by Funny or Die, Democracy Now, Public Broadcasting, and Obama’s Organizing for Action group.

    I first encountered the Digital ReLab team while working for Bob Dylan Music Company, as his head archivist, and manager of many of his multimedia projects, including commercials, books, music videos, documentary projects, and archival albums. Knowing that we needed a digital solution to catalogue his 5-decade-deep collection of audio, film, video, photos, and ephemera, we began looking into options, and decided that Starchive was an incredible and unprecedented way to ingest, transcode, log, and organize this mass of material. The Digital ReLab team worked with us to develop a completely new, completely customized system for the entire archive, as well as discreet systems for specific projects, from documentary films to albums. 

    As a filmmaker with both a profound interest in the preservation of archival materials and a keen knowledge of the need for detailed organization of massive amounts of audiovisual materials, I instantly recognized how wonderful Starchive could be not only for musicians and visual artists, but for filmmakers, and I secretly plotted that I would work with Digital ReLab on as many of my future projects as possible!


    I’m currently producing a documentary for The Weinstein Company and David O. Russell, set in the world of literature. It is an epic, humorous, and moving journey spanning a large time period and featuring a larger number of characters than I’ve ever worked with in a documentary, and Digital ReLab has been working with us closely to get all of our materials, both original and archival, in shape and accessible to our team in multiple locations. To have all of this material at our fingertips is a huge asset to our productivity, and therefore our creativity, and the type of system I couldn’t have dreamed of when I was working on my first films at PBS nearly 15 years ago. Their product and their team is unlike any I’ve encountered, and I’m so proud and excited to continue this working relationship well into the future. 

    • Scalable Affordable Local Storage
    • Simplified Metadata Workflow
    • All Elements Under Single Search
    • Collection Management Tools
    • Rights Management Solution
    • Streaming Access to Remote Editors
    • Media Encoding and Transcoding
    • Ability to Share Files and Clips
April Hayes