Jane Cottis is currently a mentor in the ‘Finding Our Wings' community documentary collective. Within this collaborative group of MICA members and teenage girls from East Baltimore, she has co-produced two short narratives: CICADAS (2010) and EVERYONE LOVES BRIENNA (2012). She has been making and screening videos for over 20 years. Her productions include: 30 DAYS: BIGGEST LOSER? (2009), 20+ YEARS, (2009) IT’S A LESBIAN WORLD AFTER ALL (2006), PENNY WEGMAN (2006), SOROROCIDE (1998), WAR ON LESBIANS(1992) and DRY KISSES ONLY (1990) which have screened nationally and internationally. She has also worked collectively on numerous Paper Tiger Productions.
Jane Cottis has continued building relationships with the main campus of MICA and Mica Place in East Baltimore by joining Viewfinders. Viewfinders is a Photography and Entrepreneurship after school mentor program for 13 to 15 year old teenagers at Mica Place. Cottis has begun teaching them basic college level narrative and documentary skills in a continuation of building bridges between the diverse communities of Baltimore. She has been a video instructor for more than two decades teaching at: the Art Institute of Chicago, the California Institute for the Arts, the University of California San Diego, the University of California Irvine, Otis, Hampshire College and currently MICA. (8/14)