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Lights, Camera, ACTION!

This was an incredible year for Brave New Films. Working with activists, supporters, schools and partner organizations, we’ve been able to take solid strides at educating, exposing, and pushing action on both global and national issues of justice, inequality, and security. Below is a short list of some of our progress. Stay tuned for big announcements early next year of what issues Brave New Films will tackle in 2015!

  • Our Justice Work Wins Awards: The Brave New Films’ short Our Turn to Dream won the Media For a Just Society award in the Video Category. It’s the second year in a row we’ve received this great honor from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. You can check out the full short here.

  • We Fought for Workers’ Rights: This year BNF joined the Los Angeles Anti-Wage Theft Coalition and pushed the Los Angeles City Council to pass stronger protections for workers who are victims of wage theft. The coalition, with the help of Brave New Films, held a press conference on the steps of City Hall urging that greedy employers be held accountable and that the City pass the anti-wage theft legislation.

  • Our Films on Youth Hit the Festival Circuit: Both Jazree’s Court and Vanessa’s Eight Year Sentence were screened at film festivals this year! Check out Jazree’s story here and Vanessa’s story here.

  • Held the Koch Brothers Accountable: In April, we released Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition in front of a packed audience in a theatre in the halls of Congress and ended up angering many Koch-funded members. Both Chambers were represented at our premiere - Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi attended, Sen. Harry Reid attended and had a speaking role in the film, and Sen. Bernie Sanders railed against corporate fat cats buying our democracy. Additionally, activists held over 500 screenings of it this year! Watch the full, updated film here.

  • We Helped Pass a Living Wage in Oakland: This November, voters overwhelmingly voted to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. BNF supported the on the ground activists with a motion graphic that the campaign used as a rallying point. One of the organizers said it “helped put [the campaign] in a league that could compete with corporate interests.” You can watch the motion graphic here.

  • We Exposed Debtor’s Prisons: In May, we released our series To Prison for Poverty. The series, featured predominantly in the media, showed how small towns have contracted out to private probation companies who go after people who are too poor to pay tickets for minor misdemeanors like a parking or seatbelt ticket. You can watch the series here.

  • We Launched Brave New Educators: Brave New Educators launched in September of this year for high schools and colleges across the country. The one-of-a-kind program works to bring our films into the classrooms and provides discussion guides, like a book club would, to help educators and students both better understand the complex world we live in.

  • Our short film The Jet that Ate the Pentagon is Highlighted by Upworthy: We worked with a coalition of anti-war and Pentagon watch dog groups to release the short film at the beginning of the year. Upworthy liked the message of the short so much, they featured it prominently and over 100,000 people watched the short! Check the short film out here. The Jet that Ate the Pentagon is not the only film to have been highlighted by Upworthy. The other short films include To Prison for Poverty, President Bartlet has a message for Congress, OverCriminalized, Bad Paper, and How “Protect & Serve” Became “Search & Destroy”.

  • We Celebrated the Tenth Anniversary of Outfoxed and Brave New Films: Thanks to the dedication from supporters like you we have been operating for just over 10 years! Here’s to our next ten!

As you can see, it’s been an outstanding year for Brave New Films. Our films have been watched by millions of viewers - this year alone we’ve had over 4,454,000 minutes watched. Our work has been featured on MSNBC, The New York Times, Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, CNN, The Nation, AlterNet, and hundreds of other well respected media outlets. And it’s all because of our committed BNF supporters and allies - so thank you for your ongoing support.

We’re asking everyone today to become a monthly donor to support our ongoing work. And right now, a donation of just $5/month gets you our new ACTION! bumper sticker! Because of members like you we are able to hold the powers that be accountable. Join us today - we can’t wait to wow you in 2015!

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