Together, they produce, direct and edit documentary films on various subjects, from promotional videos for non-profit agencies, to feature-length film studies. Elaina's primary focus is film history, and she presents films and lectures at various venues in the Los Angeles area. She collaborates with world-renowned composer, Maria Newman to acquire silent films for to score and to tour with live musical accompaniment. Todd also freelances as a videographer. They own and operate an Avid editing system and an HDV camera, lighting and sound package.



Why Be Good? Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema (2008)
Gangland: Bullets over Hollywood (2006)
Rita (2003)
Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies (2001)
In Mary’s Shadow: The Story of Jack Pickford (2000)
Clara Bow: Discovering the “It” Girl (1999)
Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu (1998)


Director Elaina Archer, who produces with Todd Friedrichsen, gives us the faces to make us understand – on some gut level if nothing else – just why movie gangsters still grip us.
- Marilyn Moss/The Hollywood Reporter (12.2.05)

Hayworth is the subject of the hour-long Turner Classic Movies documentary “Rita” which is so riveting that it ends before you realize the excessive tact with which it mentions almost everyone who rotated through the actress’s orbit.
- Ed Blank, Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh, PA

This excellent documentary produced and co-written by Elaina B. Archer rescues Marion Davies, the most gifted female comedian of the silent and early talkies era.
- Kevin Thomas, L.A. Times

Discovering the "IT" Girl sparkles as tele-bio because it has so much research and info to flaunt.  The production has a gutsy emotional core: a love affair with Bow…Bow is brought radiantly to life, and footage of her numerous films is tantalizing
- Hollywood Reporter

I just wanted to tell you how impressed I was with 'Looking For Lulu.'  Impressed and delighted that anyone had the opportunity to do such a profile for a mainstream television outlet.
- Leonard Maltin