Eric R. Cotten
Founder and President
Eric founded the Baltimore Filmmakers Collective to address the long-standing need for a resource hub for non-academic Baltimore area citizens interested in cinema and media.
After college he successfully pursued several careers including the health sciences, investments and real estate. Through his real estate business, he became associated with the HBO show – THE WIRE (2002-2008). The time spent with the HBO production team reignited his long dormant creative side. He began volunteering with local film productions and with the Maryland Film Festival. Since 2005 to the present his role at the Maryland Film festival has evolved from general volunteer to Development Assistant to key member of the screening committee.
He has screened for a variety of other festivals – Baltimore Woman in Film, Annapolis Film Festival (2014) and the Tampa Bay Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (2015/16). Additionally, he coordinated the second year of the Baltimore International Black Film Festival (2015).
In his brief film career, he has written, directed, produced an/or executive produced twenty-four shorts with one Sundance credit (AFRONAUT- 2014). His latest short SCRUNCHIES (2022) has been accepted into several festivals across the country. He is currently developing a web series, dramatic feature and several other shorts.