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, as well as the 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; Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism; Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price; Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers; Rethink Afghanistan; Koch Brothers Exposed; and War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State. Unmanned: America’s Drone War is BNF’s eighth 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. 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. Connect with Axel on Facebook or Twitter.
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.