Robert Greenwald is a producer, director and political activist. Greenwald is the founder and president of Brave New Films, a new media company that uses moving images to educate, influence, and empower viewers to take action around issues that matter. Under Greenwald's direction, Brave New Films has produced a series of short political videos, including the Fox Attacks and Real McCain campaigns. One of the more notable Real McCain videos focused on McCain's Mansions; after Brave New Films produced this video, McCain notoriously said he was not sure how many houses he owned and a media firestorm ensued. In total, Brave New Film's short videos have been viewed over 45 million times in the past two years, inspired hundreds of thousands of people to take action and forced pressing issues into the mainstream media. Robert Greenwald's Brave New Foundation produced Rethink Afghanistan, a groundbreaking documentary that was released online in real-time; the film features experts from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the U.S. discussing the United States' flawed strategy in Afghanistan. In August of 2009, Brave New Films launched Sick for Profit, a campaign that focuses on the exorbitant amounts of money made by health insurance companies' CEOs. Within one week, the campaign's first video was viewed over 100,000 times. Recently, Brave New Films also launched Senator Sanders Unfiltered, a two-minute weekly show in which Senator Sanders shares his views on an array of critical issues for our country.
Jim Miller is the Executive Director of Brave New Films. In addition to being on the phone every day with our lawyers to make sure we are doing everything correctly, Jim is responsible for forming our coalitions to help spread our videos throughout the world. We currently have over 1.5 million views per month. His film experience began over 20 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. Previously, he was a producer at Robert Greenwald Productions where he co-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 he was also the supervising producer on two documentary television series – The ACLU Freedom Files and The Sierra Club Chronicles. Currently, he oversees the operations and business affairs of the company and is producing Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers. Prior to producing film and television projects in Los Angeles, Devin founded and operated a graphics company (Ideas to Images) in North Carolina. He also worked for several years for indie film company DownHome Entertainment. Devin received his BS degree in business from Wake Forest University’s Wayne Calloway School of Business and Accountancy. He is also a graduate of the American Film Institute (AFI) where he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Motion Picture Producing.
Axel Caballero was born in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. He co-founded and produces Cuéntame, and MyCuéntame.org. Before, Axel was the Media and Community Relations Director for Peace Education Fund and Peace Action West. For over 10 years, Axel has been active on diverse campaigns issues from nuclear disarmament, environmental protection, immigration to human rights and Latin American affairs.
He has been part in several electoral teams both in the United States as in Mexico. He was part of the Global Security Institute, a non-profit for nuclear disarmament as well as Aim for Human Rights in the Netherlands focused mainly on human rights in Latin America.
He is a graduate in Political Science and International Relations as well as Law and Society and visual arts studies form the University of California in San Diego (UCSD) and received his masters in International Law and Protection of Human Rights from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, where he also participated in numerous forums on multiple international treaties.
Jesse Lava is a campaign director at Brave New Foundation, where he promotes social justice by producing videos, writing articles, engaging social media, and forging partnerships with advocacy groups. Previously a communications strategist for progressive causes, his work has covered an array of policy areas including climate change, campaign finance, drug treatment, and funding for social services. His writing has been featured in media outlets such as the Huffington Post, AlterNet, Religion Dispatches, and Ethics Daily.
Jesse was also the founding director of Faithful Democrats, a group that worked to reclaim the national values debate from the Religious Right, and worked on elections in South Dakota and Kentucky. He has a master's in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor's from Wesleyan University. Jesse is from Chicago and now lives in Venice, California.