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  • Robert GreenwaldPresident

    • 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, andBreaking Up (1997), starring Russell Crowe and Salma Hayek. 

      Greenwald turned to documentary filmmaking in 2002, inspired by pervasive voter rights abuses in the...

  • Jim MillerExecutive Director

    • Jim Miller is the Executive Director of Brave New Films, a position he has held for the past 9 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...

  • Devin SmithVice President of Operations

    • 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...

  • Regina ClementeDirector of Campaigns

    • Regina Clemente is the Director of Campaigns. A native Angeleno, she has been working as a professional activist for the past 15 years doing movement building, community organizing, fundraising, lobbying, messaging research, and managing legislative and electoral campaigns around social and racial justice issues. She has led political, policy and organizing teams at organizations like Planned Parenthood, the LA Gay & Lesbian Center, Freedom to Marry, and ACORN. She has also played numerous leadership roles in electoral campaigns, ranging from...

  • Laurie JonesPrograms Director

    • Laurie Jones just joined Brave New Films as the Education Outreach Coordinator in January 2014. Through her work in theatre, particularly plays with Wishbone Theatre Collective in Chicago IL, Laurie developed her passion for human rights and social justice. She received her BA in Production Studies in Performing Arts from Clemson University and her MA in Applied Human Rights from the University of York in the UK. Even though York and Chicago are among  the best places in the world, she...

  • Matthew BrinkmoellerDevelopment Director

    • Matthew Brinkmoeller is the Development Director for Brave New Films. Through his studies and programs work at Arizona State University, he developed his strong convictions on a variety of social justice issues, primarily those intersecting race and ethnicity. His responsibilities include foundation relations, grant writing, and reporting to institutional funders. He holds BAs and an MA in Political Science from ASU.

  • Kimber KisselDevelopment Associate

    • Kimber grew up in Encinitas, CA and got her B.A. in Political Science & Sociology at the University of California Santa Barbara, go Gauchos- Ole.  In July of 2014 Kimber joined Brave New Films as the Development Associate and still wakes up every morning delighted to go to work!  When she is not fighting for social justice and helping make an impact you can find Kimber running on the beach, surfing in the ocean and sharing her exceptional wit...

  • Angel MortelFellowship Coordinator

    • Angel Mortel is the Fellowship Coordinator at Brave New Films. She spent over 15 years in Brazil where she was involved in organizing community health volunteers, coordinating an income generation project for women and fundraising for prison ministry.  Her passion for social justice grew out of her experiences in Brazil, but also from living and teaching in inner city Washington, DC and working with Bread for the World and Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.  She has a BA in English and...

  • Tara VajraHead of Production

    • Tara joined Brave New Films as a Lead Editor in 2014. She believes that film is one of the most powerful mediums because it combines so many formats that already have the potential to be incredibly impactful on their own— audio, visual, time, and story, all in one complete package. She started out as a photographer but soon found film and graduated from the Wesleyan University Film Studies Program in CT. In 2011 she moved to LA to start her current...

  • Kaye BreemanAssistant Editor

    • Kaye joined Brave New Films as Assistant Editor in 2014. After graduating from Emerson College in Boston, MA with a Bachelor’s degree in Post Production, she started on the slippery slope toward documentary work. A storyteller at heart, Kaye has spent years testing the waters of filmmaking through different roles: DP, Director, Graphics, Editor, and Assistant Editor. Kind Hearted Woman, a co-production between David Sutherland Productions and Independent Lens, seeded the roots that would one day blossom into a...

  • Emilia LarsenGraphic Designer

    • Emilia Larsen started as an intern at Brave New Films and was hired as the Graphic Designer in August 2015. She has a degree in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco with a minor in prototyping.

  • Aaron TragerStory Producer

    • Aaron came to BNF almost accidentally, but on purpose. He had reached out to a contact at BNF after another project had wrapped up the week before. That email bounced to Tara Vajra, Head of Production. At the time, the team was working on putting together the Iran Nuclear deal videos. 5 videos needed to be done in 5 days, so Tara asked if him to jump in for a bit and he just never left.

      Aaron believes Brave is...

  • Ally ToomeyCo-Producer

    • Ally Toomey is Co-Producer of Features at Brave New Films.

  • Melissa UgásOperations Coordinator

    • Melissa Ugas joined Brave New Films in 2015. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a BA in Anthropology, with an emphasis on sociocultural studies.

  • Tim Banta Systems Administrator

    • Tim Banta joined Brave New Films in November 2015. 

  • Kimberly FloresDigital Manager

    • Kimberly Flores was born and raised in South LA to Mexican immigrant parents and is the youngest of 6 children. During high school, she attended Med-core at USC to prepare herself for a career in medicine. However, after graduating in the top 4% of her class and obtaining a guaranteed acceptance to a University of California school of her choice, she decided to pursue her creative passions and studied film production at UC Santa Cruz. With a strong background in...

  • Seth RonquilloFellow

    • Seth Ronquillo is an undocumented immigrant originally from the Philippines. During his early years in immigrant rights advocacy, Seth served as a project director and co-chair in IDEAS at UCLA and has been a long-time member of the Asian Pacific Islander youth-led organization, ASPIRE-LA. Since then, he has worked with LA-based social justice organizations around driver's licenses and health care access for undocumented Californians. His short documentary about his family’s immigrant narrative, “US,” has been televised and featured in film festivals across...

  • Marcos NievesFellow

    • Marcos E. Nieves earned a B.A. of Arts in Film and Electronic Media from California State University, Long Beach. While in school, he produced and directed Almost American (2010), a 30-minute documentary that screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Since then, he has directed and produced short documentaries and narrative videos to uplift the voices of immigrant and LGBT communities. He also began an independent video consultant production to lend creative and professional direction to local and national organizations in...

  • Tommie BaylissFellow

    • Born and raised in Compton, California, Tommie Tyhefe Bayliss started to pursue a career in filmmaking in 2006. Growing up in an economically insecure situation, Tommie has been perpetually confronted with social and economic injustice.  Led by his mother, Tommie was involved in protests and rallies in an effort to keep trauma centers, like Martin Luther King Medical Center in Compton, open when the city was threatening to close them due to budget cuts. These closures would have forced gunshot...

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