Brenda Contreras is a visual artist and film curator working with 16mm, archival film, and digital video. Her interests lie in exploring the point where the personal and the extrinsic cross paths. Contreras received her formal training at San Francisco State University. She continued her exploration of the experimental film community as an intern for Canyon Cinema, programming with GAZE at Artists’ Television Access, and as the co-director of a traveling experimental film festival called Cut + Run Film Tour, which lasted 3 years and toured the United States and Europe. Alongside of being the Project Coordinator for LA Filmforum’s Ism, Ism, Ism series, she continues teaching and independent programming as a co-op member of the Echo Park Film Center, spins vinyl on Dublab, and works on her own short films in DTLA.