Robert Greenwald, founder and president of Brave New Films (BNF), is an award-winning television, feature film and documentary filmmaker. He has produced and/or directed more than 50 TV movies and miniseries. including The Burning Bed (1984), starring Farrah Fawcett and A Woman of Independent Means (1995), starring Sally Field; as well as the feature films Steal This Movie (2000), starring Vincent D'Onofrio as 60's radical Abbie Hoffman, and Breaking Up (1997), starring Russell Crowe and Salma Hayek.
Greenwald turned to documentary filmmaking in 2002, inspired by pervasive voter rights abuses in the 2000 U.S. presidential election. He found audiences eager for substantive investigations of social issues, told through personal stories, and chose to bypass the usual gatekeepers by devising creative means of distribution, first through house parties, and ultimately through the Internet and social media. The documentaries produced by Brave New Films have been streamed across all seven continents and have been viewed over 70 million times and counting.
At BNF, Greenwald has produced and directed eight full-length documentaries and over a dozen short videos, uncovering corporate abuse, the military industrial complex, the unbridled political influence of billionaires, and the unfair and unbalanced tactics of Fox News. His full-length features include; Uncovered: The War on Iraq (2004); Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (2004); Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005); Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (2006); Rethink Afghanistan (2009); Koch Brothers Exposed (2012); and War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State (2013). Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars (2013) is BNF’s latest feature-length documentary.
Greenwald is the recipient of many awards and accolades, including a Maggie Award from the Planned Parenthood Federation, the Peacemaker Award from the Physicians for Social Responsibility, the City of Justice award from LAANE, the 2007 Norman Felton and Denise Aubuchon Humanitarian Award, and Liberty Hill Foundation’s Upton Sinclair Award. Greenwald was honored in 2013 by the ACLU Foundation of Southern California for his activism and also received the 2001 Peabody Award and the 2002 American Film Institute Producer of the Year award. His films have garnered 25 Emmy nominations.
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Jim Miller is the Executive Director of Brave New Films, a position he has held for the past 8 years. Most recently he produced the documentaries ‘Koch Brothers Exposed’, ‘War on Whistleblowers’ and ‘Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars’. Jim is responsible for helping to form our partner coalitions to help spread our videos throughout the world. His film experience began over 25 years ago working on the film ‘Bull Durham’ and includes being the Director of Development for The Shooting Gallery, an independent film company which produced 'Sling Blade' and 'You Can Count on Me', and Head of Acquisitions for Cinema Park Distribution. Immediately prior the BNF, Jim produced the star-studded 'Les Girls' charity benefits for the National Breast Cancer Coalition.
Devin Smith is the Vice President of Operations at Brave New Films, overseeing the operations, business, and legal affairs of the company. Previously, he was a producer at Robert Greenwald Productions where he produced the critically acclaimed documentaries "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism" and "Uncovered: The War on Iraq". At Brave New Films, Devin has produced "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price" and "Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers". He was also a producer on two documentary television series - "The ACLU Freedom Files" and "The Sierra Club Chronicles". Devin received his MFA in Producing from AFI and a business degree from Wake Forest University.
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