Contraband Cinema

Is an Atlanta, Georgia based microcinema inspired by Craig Baldwin's Other Cinema in San Francisco -- an ongoing series of experimental film, video and performance. Contraband Cinema strives to select and exhibit engaging and marginalized work through close collaboration with regional filmmakers, curators and established film institutions. By serving as an outpost for underground cinema it hopes to connect the Atlanta community with a larger network of like-minded filmmakers, festivals, and microcinemas.

Contraband Cinema was founded by Marcus Rosentrater in 2011 and is continued through the creativity, inspiration, and support of the following individuals (listed alphabetically):

Victoria Cook
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Andy Ditzler
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Christina Humphrey
When Christina isn't painting her nails and/or eating cheese, you can find her programming short films of all colors at the Atlanta Film Festival offices. She once worked stage security for Lil Wayne.
Deon Kay
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Brian Lonano
Brian Lonano is a filmmaker whose work features practical special effects to help create a lo-fi aesthetic. Brian's films have received several awards including three Telly Awards, two finalist placings in the Academy Qualifying USA Film Festival and were recognized by the Chicago International Film Festival's Television Awards with a Silver Plaque and a Certificate of Merit. His work has been seen on Ain't It Cool News, Twitch, Underground Film Journal and has screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner, Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Boston Underground Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Florida Film Festival and festivals spanning from Switzerland to Cambodia.
Blake Meyers
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Marcus Rosentrater
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Josh Skierski
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Anna Spence
Anna Spence graduated from Agnes Scott College with a BA in psychology in 2008. She began to experiment with non narrative video in 2010. She has collaborated with musicians across the country and across the atlantic ocean. She is currently continuing her work with musicians through music video releases.. In addition to her work with musicians, she also helps strengthen her film community through organizing screenings with local micro cinema, Contraband Cinema. Her video work has been screened through Wonderroot's Mostly Local Filmmakers Night, and through the Atlanta Film Festival.
Niklas Volmer
Niklas Vollmer is an interdisciplinary artist and mediamaker who teaches film/video production at Georgia State University and directs, PERIPHERAL VISIONS, an experimental media think tank that embraces modes of film and digital production on the margins of convention. Niklas received an MFA in Visual Art from the University of California, San Diego, and his award-winning experimental and documentary work has screened in the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, South America and Asia; and at AFI, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, California Museum of Photography, and the Directors Guild of Los Angeles. Before academia, he was a Public Television editor.
Gregory Zinman
Gregory Zinman is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the Film Program at Columbia University, as well as the scholar-in-residence at the New York Filmmakers' Cooperative. This fall, he will be an Assistant Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech. He is currently serving as a curatorial consultant to the Yale University Art Gallery for their forthcoming retrospective of light artist Thomas Wilfred. He recently curated "Computer Age," a screening series at the Museum of the Moving Image exploring the experimental origins of digital cinema. His writing on film and media has been published in The New Yorker, American Art, Film History, A New History of German Cinema, Animation Journal, and Millennium Film Journal. He has forthcoming essays in the anthologies Special Effects: New Histories, Theories, Contexts, German Expressionism: Der Blaue Reiter and its Legacies, and Abstract Video: Abstraction in Contemporary Video Art. He is currently finishing his first book, Handmade: The Moving Image in the Artisanal Mode, and will be co-editing, with John Hanhardt, Nam June Paik: Selected Writings, forthcoming from The MIT Press.

Zinman has contributed two shows to Contraband Cinema, curating "Love/Not Love: Handmade Feminist Films," and curating and performing "Inner/Outer Space."

Special thanks to Craig Baldwin, Andy Ditzler, Gideon C. Kennedy, Charles Judson, Gabe Wardell, Paula Martinez, Bradley Elfman (name), John Robinson and Mary Beth Byram for all the assistance in launching Contraband Cinema.