Raissa Contreras is an artist, filmmaker, and educator in Baltimore City. She has an MA in Film & Video from MICA and an MFA in Painting from the University of New Mexico. Her teaching and work are inter or multi-disciplinary and her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Three of her films premiered in LA in 2018. Her most recent film, Jaime & the Tamales, screened with the Silicon Beach Film Fest where it won Best Cinematography for Short Documentary. Porkchop & the 28th St North Carolina Watermelons screened with the Golden State Film Fest, and A Great Day in Charm City with the Marina Del Ray Film Fest. Her work has also screened in NY with the Bushwick Film Fest and NewFilmmakers NY at the Anthology Film Archives. Porkchop received the Audience Award for Short Doc with the Silicon Beach Miami Film Fest and the Special Jury Award with the Southern Colorado Film Fest. Her films have also exhibited with MoMA, LACDA, the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival, Los Angeles Cinefest, Short to the Point Film Festival, Bucharest, Romania, The Cutting Room Nottingham, UK, the Puerto Madero Int'l Film Fest, Experiments in Cinema, the New York Short Film Fest, the Short Film Fest of Los Angeles, the Golden Gate Documentary & Fiction Fest, , the Festival du Cinema de Paris and LED Artscape 2015.
Her drawings, paintings, photographs, & film stills have exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, Baltimore, Washington, DC and New Mexico. She currently has a one person retrospective at the West Gallery in Baltimore, and the film still Elephants at Lunch was included in a group show at LACDA in April 2018. She has also shown with the Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Art Takes Miami/ART Basel, the See Gallery, Long Island City, the Brooklyn Art Library, the Austin Museum of Art, and the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. Her work is in private collections across the country.
She has taught film & media studies in the Electronic Media & Film Department at Towson University and in the Art & Art History Departments at TU, MICA, and Goucher College. She has also taught writing and civic engagement at the Community College of Baltimore County. In addition to teaching, she is currently pursuing an MA in Art Education. Last May she served on the film selection committee for the Le Petit Cannes Film Festival.
"I still believe in magic. I explore new - 21st century - techniques while preserving a connection with traditional methods and mediums for which I have a deep reverence. Each medium informs or is integrated with another. The 'projects' here are meant to show the evolution of my motifs."