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  • Robert GreenwaldPresident

    • Robert Greenwald is founder and president of Brave New Films, a nonprofit film and advocacy 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 around the world and viewed over tens of millions of times and counting.

      Brave New Films engages the most pressing issues of the day by presenting documentaries that tackle current events from a progressive...

  • 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...

  • Betsy AleshireChief Advancement Officer

    • Betsy Aleshire is the Chief Advancement Officer at Brave New Films, working to tell our story, grow our giving base, increase donor engagement and provide long-term stewardship to our supporters.  Betsy builds capacity, strengthens systems, and secures resources to promote growth and sustainability.  Previously she has fundraised for Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, UCLA, and the United Nations Population Fund.  In addition to her work in development, she holds a master’s degree in international affairs from The...

  • 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...

  • Marc FuscoSupervising Producer

    • Marc Fusco is the Production Supervisor at Brave New Films, with over 14 years of experience in film & video production. He has produced everything from Studio, TV, Independent Features, Mini-Docs, commercials, and marketing material for all of the above.  Marc has worked all around the world including Italy, England, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Puerto Rico, and across Central America. He has received numerous awards for his accomplishments in Film, most notably an honorary induction into the Art, Literature &...

  • 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...

  • Amy KorngiebelDirector of Distribution

    • Amy comes to BNF with a background in both production and international development. She has over a decade of experience in television production and has produced documentaries, reality, and late-night talk shows for a variety of networks, including ABC, Fox Television, Discovery, National Geographic, and OWN. In addition to her work in production, she holds a graduate degree in international development from The New School. Her graduate work focused on community-led development, environmental conservation and food security. She's...

  • Shira LevineAssociate Producer

    • Shira Levine is storyteller. A journalist by trade, she makes the transition from print and digital editorial to motion pictures as a producer at Brave New Films. A recent New York transplant, Shira worked for the United Nations agency, UNFPA on issues around human rights and sustainability. She created and facilitated media trainings for women working throughout the Global South for the Women’s Learning Partnership. As a journalist, Shira has journeyed around the world travel writing. She spent...

  • Chris PenningtonSystem Administrator

    • Chris Pennington is the Systems Administrator at Brave New Films. From 2013-2017 Chris worked for Apple, Inc gaining the knowledge and skills required to ensure a smooth and efficient workflow at BNF. As a 2nd generation Mexican Chris is proud to work for an organization that focuses on immigration rights, human rights, and social justice. He is a Los Angeles native, musician, and avid sports fan. His summer home is located at Chavez Ravine.

  • 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.

  • Melissa UgásOperations Coordinator

    • Melissa joined Brave New Films in 2015. She's an advocate for human rights, environmental justice, and immigrant rights. Born 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 encourages everyone to try solo-traveling. While in college studying anthropology and global studies at UCLA, she began researching the many faces of capitalism in relation to economic and environmental struggles. Melissa is...

  • Laura BarriosFellow

    • Laura was born & raised in La Paz, Bolivia and immigrated to the U.S when she was seven years old. She studied Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, focusing on political ecology and the racialization of cities. At UNC, she formed part of several student and community organizing groups, namely around the gentrification of Chapel Hill and its racialized geography. In 2014, Laura and two other students made a documentary about UNC's racist monuments and buildings,...

  • Paolo RiverosFellow

    • Paolo is a self-taught Visual Storyteller born in Lima, Peru. He started his career as a photographer capturing the local nightlife, collaborating with artists creating their portraits and documenting their performances. Later he discovered his interest in photojournalism, where he found his voice. Now, he finds himself transitioning to video where he is able to capture and tell a story through moving images. 

  • Elizabeth ChoFellow

    • Elizabeth is an educator and community-based artist from Chino, California. She is a first generation college graduate, earning her Bachelor's in Cinema and Media Studies and a minor in Education Studies from Wellesley College. At Wellesley, she spent three years advocating and organizing on behalf of first generation and low income students. Her passion for education and empowerment has led her to mentor high school youth organizers and lead community-based art and media classes for immigrant youth. The daughter of Korean...

  • Emelda OchiengFellow

    • Emelda is a journalist and a communication development specialist from Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Nairobi. Over the years, Emelda worked as a freelance writer and research assistant. She later moved to Deaf Media Kenya, a non-profit organization that she co-founded in order to create media content for the deaf in sign language and advocate for their rights to access information, opportunities and essential services. Emelda is passionate about...

  • Diana YipFellow

    • Since studying both community psychology and film and digital media at UC Santa Cruz, Diana has been passionate about combining storytelling and social justice. As a freelance filmmaker and editor, Diana has been involved with a number of film projects that allowed her to work with mis- and under-represented people. She is credited in such projects as Visitor’s Day, The Lexington Club Archival Project, and Free for All: Inside the Public Library. For the past 5 years, Diana has also...

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