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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...

  • Jim MillerExecutive Director

    • Jim Miller is the Executive Director of Brave New Films, a position he has held since 2006. 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 working on the film ‘Bull Durham’ and includes being the Director...

  • 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...

  • Laurie AshbourneProducer 

    • Laurie comes to the film industry via the feature animation world.  She spent eleven years at Walt Disney Studios, where among other things she learned the craft and nuance of story and how to balance that with the business.  After which led her into the world of documentary as a writer for THE CENTER OF STORY, a doc centered on the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN.  From there she went to work with an acclaimed documentary director...

  • Casey Cooper JohnsonStaff Producer

    • 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”,...

  • Chris Rogers Lead Editor

    • Chris has extensive experience working in film and television post-production, editing on narrative, reality and documentary projects.  Before moving to Los Angeles, Chris worked extensively in the independent world, creating a number of films, where he has become well-versed in storytelling and editing, which he has brought into his professional career. 

  • 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...

  • Emma ChoateAssociate Producer 

    • Emma is a documentary and narrative filmmaker from Berkeley, California. She graduated from Occidental College with a B.A. in Media, Arts, and Culture with an emphasis on Film Production. Recently, she wrote, directed, and edited her first solo short film, "Note To Self" which is currently in the film festival circuit. She believes that the stories we tell can spark radical change and hopes to continue to work on films that do just that.

  • 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 EttingerDirector of Strategy and Distribution 

    • Jill Ettinger is the Director of Strategy and Distribution at Brave New Films overseeing outreach and distribution for our films. In joining Brave New Films, Jill brings her long-time passion for social impact along with her 15+ years of experience in entertainment, working in marketing, film, and music. Jill holds an MFA in TV and Feature Film Producing from USC’s Peter Stark Producing Program. Jill was a co-producer of the first Concert Across America To...

  • Monisola EddoOutreach Associate

    • Monisola "Momo" Eddo is the Outreach Fellow here at Brave New Films. She hails from Virginia and Washington DC bringing with her over seven years of outreach management, interdisciplinary collaboration and community organizing experience. She has always seen the value of film as a form of entertainment and a tool for radical change. For these reasons, she studied Conflict Analysis & Resolution and Film at George Mason University with the intent to incite change in disenfranchised communities through both narrative...
  • Renato FloresSocial Media Manager 

    • Renato Flores is the Social Media Manger at Brave New Films. Some of his film credits include “Baltimore Rising” and “Charm City”. While he was a Lead Creative at Diamond Hook Media he led media campaigns and projects with clients such as Ben Jealous and DTP (Dyslexia Tutoring Program). While looking for practical and smart solutions to big problems, he is always ready to go.

  • Josh GacitaSocial Media Coordinator

    • Josh Gacita is a Social Media Coordinator 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.

  • Larissa MartinezOffice Assistant

    • Larissa is originally from Michoacán, Mexico, but mainly grew up in San Francisco. She graduated from UCLA with a B.A in Anthropology and American Indian Studies. Over the years, she developed her advocacy and activism within the undocumented and immigrant community through her involvement with Improving Dreams Equality Access and Success (IDEAS) at UCLA. She hopes to use her advocacy to continue supporting underserved youth and help them gain equal access to resources and opportunities.

  • Jhazzye MosleyOutreach Fellow 

    • Jhazzye was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, CA and got her B.A in Collaborative Health and Human Services with a focus in Community Health. Jhazzye has always been connected to her community rallying for issues such as racial justice, public health policy issues, and most recently the homelessness crisis across California, working directly with the homeless population on Skid Row. Jhazzye believes that the integration of film is an impactful and inclusive tool to address the intersectionality of the many social justice...

  • Isaiah TaylorProduction Fellow 

    • Isaiah Taylor is a screenwriter and editor from Fontana, CA. He graduated from Walla Walla University with a B.A. in Communication, and a minor in Film and Television Production. While in school, he wrote and produced his first feature film, “It’s a Match”. Isaiah has a wide range of experience having worked as a journalist, submitted academic research for publication, and assisted on film and commercial sets. Isaiah looks forward to growing as an editor and using his skills as...

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