Panel: Roberta Cantow & Elena Rossi-Snook

If This Ain't Heaven by Roberta Cantow

Join us for a screening and panel discussion of films by Roberta Cantow and Elena Rossi-Snook.


Roberta Cantow is a filmmaker and storyteller. She received a New York Emmy for her film Clotheslines about the symbolic and artistic role of laundry in women’s lives. Her films and videos have garnered several Best of Category citations in film festivals around the country as well as an Award of Excellence for Dreamtime in 2008, an Award of Merit for Not a Still Life, and recognition from the Global Accolade Competition for Accordions Rising in 2016. Roberta has made a decision to step away from documentary filmmaking to pursue both digital and live storytelling.

Elena Rossi-Snook is the Collection Specialist for the Reserve Film and Video Collection of the New York Public Library; director of the board, Association of Moving Image Archivists; and chair, AMIA Film Advocacy Task Force. Selected publications include Persistence of Vision: Public Library 16mm Film Collections in America, The Moving Image, Continuing Ed: Educational Film Collections in Libraries and Archives, and Learning With the Lights Off: a Reader in Educational Film. She is a 2002 recipient of the Kodak Fellowship in Film Preservation and the producer of Why We Film 16mm series. Her documentary film We Got the Picture made official selection of the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival.