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  • Robert GreenwaldPresident

    • Robert Greenwald is president of Brave New Films, a nonprofit film company that he founded after a career in commercial television and film to motivate and educate viewers on the most pressing issues of the day. 

      Brave New Films distributes its work for free through social media and in concert with nonprofit partners and movements. The group’s movies and videos have been screened around...

  • 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...

  • Casey Cooper JohnsonHead of Production 

    • Prior to his work in Los Angeles, Casey lived for 10 years in post-war Kosovo, producing documentaries and television, including the internationally syndicated current affairs show, “Life in Kosovo”. At the American Film Institute, Johnson wrote and directed the short film “Unmanned”, which screened at Tribeca Film Festival. He was Creator and EP of the Oculus VR series, “Campfire Creepers”, was Director/EP of “Urban Nightmares”, a series on the blackpills channel. Most recently, he produced the feature film “Zana”,...

  • Justin Mickens Tech Associate Producer

    • Justin Mickens is a creative media producer and a Los Angeles native. He holds a degree in Television Theatre and Film Production from the University of Colorado Denver as well as a Masters in Media for Social Justice from Woodbury University. He has worked with activists, government officials and dreamers of all varieties to produce content for television and internet platforms. He now brings his talents to Brave New Films where hopes to create media that can change...

  • Noely MendozaAssistant Editor

    • Noely Mendoza is a Chicana documentary filmmaker and editor from Santa Barbara, CA. She graduated with honors from Amherst College with a degree in Film and Media Studies. She works as an editor on documentary projects and has produced and directed a variety of video and film projects including a short film on Latina bicultural identity, a short film on Chicano Park, and has also explored other forms of visual storytelling such as multimedia installations. Her work centers on telling...

  • Kimber KisselDevelopment Director 

    • Kimber Kissel is the director of development at Brave New Films and is responsible for all things fundraising and donor engagement. From major gifts to grassroots donations Kimber’s passion as a self-identified progressive media activist brings valuable experience and innovative thought to any project she works on. Outside of BNF Kimber has volunteered to share her development experience with other nonprofit professionals. Most recently giving a presentation to a packed audience at Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Los...

  • Jill EttingerVice President of Partnerships and Distribution

    • Jill Ettinger is the Vice President of Partnerships and Distribution at Brave New Films. She is in charge of building partnerships with advocacy organizations, educators and faith institutions, and overseeing the distribution of Brave New Films documentaries and content. Since joining Brave New Films, Jill has worked on the release of dozens of films including Racially Charged: America's Misdemeanor Problem and Suppressed 2020: The Fight To VoteJill came to Brave New Films with 15+ years...

  • Josh GacitaSocial Media Director

    • Josh Gacita is a Social Media Director at Brave New Films. He graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in Film and Media Studies and received an MFA in Writing for Television and Film from Emerson College. He has extensive experience in political organizing and social media, working on the Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign as a Regional Field Director and as a Social Media Specialist for Occupy Democrats.

  • Carmen SamuelProgram Manager, Film Screenings

    • Carmen Samuel (she/her) is a Los Angeles-based arts manager, event producer, and serves as Program Manager for Film Screenings at Brave New Films. She joins the Brave New Films team after serving the State of California in response to the Covid19 pandemic. Prior to her time with the state, she served as Program Manager for Organizational Consulting for artEquity – a non-profit organization dedicated to providing tools, resources, and training at the intersection of art and activism. Carmen has also...

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