The Mini Microcinema is dedicated to showing film/video/media that breaks from standard cinematic convention. We are a community that celebrates the art of the moving image, both contemporary and historical, from both near and far.

Our programming consists of work created outside of mainstream production and distribution systems, ultimately challenging Hollywood standards of form and content. The Mini Microcinema welcomes makers and viewers interested in exploring the potential of the cinematic medium.

Support for The Mini Microcinema comes from your generous donations and The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation.






PETER VAN HYNING, Assistant Director

Peter is a freelance artist (petervanhyning.com),and peripatetic. He holds a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. He has worked extensively in film and television production, as well as acting and performance art. Peter is a contributing programmer and primary administrative assistant for the microcinema.


SAMANTHA DRAKE, Programmer, Private Events Coordinator

Samantha Drake is a filmmaker and visual artist based in Cincinnati, OH. She has exhibited work in Ohio, California, and one small town in Texas. Since graduating from Wright State University with a degree in Motion Picture Production, she has worked in feature film production and for a non-profit filmmaking collaborative. 


ANDY MARKO, Programmer, Projectionist

Andy Marko loves a parade. As a time-based artist he creates films and videos, performances, media art, sound art and installations. Marko earned degrees in American History and Film and he studied performance art, dance, music composition, art history, theatre and photography as well. Marko's personal work and documentaries have been screened internationally.


MICHAEL SWEENY, Programmer, Volunteer Coordinator    

Michael Sweeny is a filmmaker and occasional picture taker. After earning his BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he ventured back home to make films set in, and inspired by, the wonderfully strange corner of America that is Southwest Ohio. He has contributed as producer and editor to numerous film productions and is currently working on a series of micro-budget shorts, as well as a photo zine.