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Raissa Contreras is a filmmaker and artist in Baltimore. She has an MA in Film and Video from Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in Painting from University of New Mexico.
She has taught film and media studies in the Electronic Media and Film Dept. at Towson University and art and art history at Maryland Institute College of Art, Towson Univ. and Goucher College.
The Bel Loc Diner, premiered at Grauman's Chinese Theater with the Golden State FF in 2019. It screened in NY with NewFilmmakers NY at the Anthology Film Archives and won Best Cinematography Short Doc with the Silver State FF. Jaime and the Tamales premiered in LA in with the Silicon Beach FF and rec'd Best Cinematography for Short Doc in 2018. It won Best Women's Film with the L' Age d'Or Arthouse FF in 2019. Porkchop and the 28th St. Watermelons won the Audience Award with the Silicon Beach Miami FF in 2018. It won the Special Jury Award at the Southern Colorado FF. Her work has also screened with the Bushwick Film Festival, the Short Film Corner at Cannes, Marina Del Rey FF, MoMA, LACDA, Experiments in Cinema, the Short to the Point FF in Bucharest, Romania, the Puerto Madero Int'l Film Festival, The Cutting Room, Nottingham, UK, the Short Film Fest of Los Angeles, the New York Short Film Festival, the Golden Gate Documentary and Fiction Festival, and the Festival du Cinema de Paris.
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