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  • Robert GreenwaldPresident

    • Robert Greenwald is the founder and president of Brave New Films, a nonprofit film and campaigns organization whose work is distributed for free in concert with nonprofit partners and movements in order to educate and mobilize for progressive causes. The work of Brave New Films has been screened over seven continents and viewed over tens of millions of times and counting.

      His most recent full-length feature documentary, illustrates the connection between gun industry profits and...

  • Jim MillerExecutive Director

    • Jim Miller is the Executive Director of Brave New Films, a position he has held for the past 11 years. Most recently he produced the documentary 'Making A Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA. In addition, he produced the docs ‘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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Andi RyderChief Advancement Officer

    • Andi Ryder is the Chief Advancement Officer of Brave New Films. She’s been an advocate and fundraiser for over 20 years and has led development programs for organizations large and small, spanning from a local Planned Parenthood clinic in upstate New York to national social change organizations like the Center for Community Change. One thing has always remained constant – a passion for social justice and a commitment to activism. She lives in Washington, DC.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Michael WooOutreach Coordinator

    • Michael’s journey to Brave New Films is a surprising one. After working as a wardrobe stylist in the fashion industry, Michael decided to switch gears and follow his passion to empower people. He believes film has the power to start conversations that can reshape perspectives in powerful ways. As a part of the outreach team, he is excited to connect people of all walks of life to the issues that they are most passionate about. A Southern California...

  • 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...

  • Melissa UgásDigital Campaign Manager & Operations Coordinator

    • Melissa joined Brave New Films in 2015. She's an advocate for human rights, environmental justice, and immigrant rights. Born and raised in Torrance, CA to Peruvian immigrants and raised by a single mother in a household of bold and independent women. She has been traveling the globe since the age of one and is an advocate for solo-traveling. While in college studying anthropology and global studies at UCLA, she began researching sociocultural norms and the many faces of capitalism in...

  • Tim Banta System Administrator

    • Tim Banta joined Brave New Films in November 2015 from the technology sector, formerly working at Apple, Inc and as an audio engineer at CCU in Indiana. It was a personal dream to work for a company that is making a difference in society, where increasing a bottom line was not a priority. Tim spent 13 years living in Mexico City with his parents, who were missionaries in support of various churches and NGO's. He believes in the power of...

  • 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...

  • Mitchelle JangaraFellow

    • Mitchelle Jangara is a passionate 25-year-old filmmaker from Nairobi, Kenya. She enjoys the directing and editing processes in filmmaking, being chiefly self-taught. Mitchelle has work experience in film, taking up different roles such as Editor in Art is the Weapon and Street Art Graffiti, Line Producer in Ririkana, and Assistant Director in Let’s Play Pretend among many others. She has a growing interest in making social justice films, immersing herself in stories that she would normally never have known about,...

  • Miguel GutierrezFellow

    • Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Miguel Gutierrez Jr. is a multimedia producer and visual journalist living in Austin, Texas. His work has appeared in Mitú, The New York Times, and Public Radio International. He is a first-generation college graduate, and in 2015 earned a dual M.A. in Latin American Studies and Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. While in Chicago, he was involved with the immigrant rights movement, and upon moving to Texas, initiated a research project that sought...

  • Mehak AnwarFellow

    • Mehak Anwar was born in Karachi, Pakistan, raised in the Pacific Northwest, and completed her undergraduate degree in Boston, Massachusetts where she studied journalism and feminist theory. She has published writing on intersectional feminism, LGBTQIA rights, food insecurity, gun control, institutionalized racism, and media representation of marginalized communities. Outside of her formal studies and published work, Mehak has spent time researching climate change and environmental justice, indigenous rights, mass incarceration, and public housing. In her free time, she can be...

  • Jessica Estelle HugginsFellow

    • Jessica Estelle Huggins, a Boston Native, has been a resident of the city of Chicago since 2008. Immersed in the Columbia College Chicago artistic culture, Jessica dove into film exploring her many talents in writing, directing, editing and casting. Her true passion is creative producing.  She has a variety of creative material under her belt as she’s served in many different roles as producer, director, writer for several short films, music videos, web-series and a feature film in both Boston...

  • Claudia RamirezFellow

    • Claudia Ramirez is a queer woman raised in MacArthur Park (Los Angeles). The early years of immigrant rights activism have shaped much of Claudia’s commitment to social justice. As a queer woman, Claudia understands the importance of intersectional organizing as an integral part of movement building. Throughout the years, she has worked with several community organizations to advocate for more opportunities for all undocumented communities. Claudia currently lives in the city of Long Beach where she enjoys tending to her...

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