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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 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...

  • Justin HarrisonHead of Production

    • Justin Harrison has extensive experience in unscripted and digital development and production. Most recently, he has produced Following Their Lead: Youth in Action, a 10-part digital series that spotlights youth leaders across the country. His diverse body of work includes: producing, directing, and writing credits for multiple TV and digital series. He has been part of the Directing team for over a dozen music videos with artists ranging from Marilyn Manson to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Before entering the entertainment...

  • 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...

  • Kimber KisselDevelopment Director 

    • 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 now as the director of development she 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...

  • 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...

  • Anne PhillipsDirector of Partnerships & Outreach

    • Anne Phillips is the Director of Partnerships & Outreach for Brave New Films, bringing her 20 years of outreach experience as a community organizer, activist, and fundraiser. She has worked on behalf of many causes, including the environment, labor, reproductive justice, anti-racism and economic justice; and most recently as the Executive Director of Class Action. She is a native Minnesotan, has fought for things she cares about in Austin, Baltimore, Boston, and now Los Angeles. She spends her time...

  • 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.

  • Tahil SharmaFaith Program Manager

    • Tahil Sharma is an interfaith activist based in Los Angeles who was born to a Hindu father and a Sikh mother. Following the Oak Creek, WI shooting of a Sikh temple in 2012, Tahil became involved in efforts for interfaith literacy and social justice and has been doing this work professionally for the past 6 years. He currently serves as one of three Interfaith Ministers in Residence for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and is a member of the...

  • 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.

  • Hakeem DykesDistribution Fellow 

    • Hakeem was born in the small town of Orangeburg, South Carolina but with big dreams and matching ambition has lived all over the east coast. A double major in political science and psychology at Shaw University, he became involved in social activism through digital storytelling and community organizing. Hakeem says “I consider myself a Jack of all trades, and master of which ever one you need at the moment.”

  • 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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