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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...
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...
Suzanne RidgwayDirector of Foundation Relations (Consultant)
A full-time professional freelance writer since 2005, Suzanne Ridgway holds a B.A. in English from UCLA and specializes in work for nonprofit agencies, writing successful grant proposals, funder reports, supporting documentation, press releases, and newsletters. She has worked on a long-term basis with several Southern California nonprofit organizations to raise program and operating funds to help them fulfill their missions and with others on an occasional as-needed basis. She has helped her clients raise over $8 million dollars to improve...
Jill EttingerVice President of Partnerships and Distribution
Jill Ettinger is the Vice President of Partnerships and Distribution at Brave New Films in charge of partnerships, screenings and social media. Since joining Brave New Films, Jill has overseen distribution of dozens of films including "Suppressed 2020: The Fight To Vote". Jill came to Brave New Films with 15+ years of experience in entertainment, working in marketing, film, and music. Jill holds an MFA in Producing from USC’s Peter Stark Program and an MA in Political...
Jocelyn SidaCampaign Outreach Director, Screenings
- Jocelyn (Joz) Sida is a Latinx political strategist based out Chicago, IL. At the age of 18 she was the only Latina to be a part of the Rock the Vote project Rock the Trail in 2008 while in college in Wisconsin. In 2012, Jocelyn ran for an open seat on the School Board in her hometown of Fontana, CA. That run jump started Jocelyn's extensive political career. Some of the biggest races in the country like the governor’s race...
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.
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