At Brave New Films, we believe the United States thrives when it has strong communities. Yet our nation is now weakening communities by locking people up at a higher rate than any country on earth. Harsh sentences for even modest offenses are breaking up families and destroying human potential. Meanwhile, solutions such as rehabilitation, crime prevention, and job opportunity have proved to be more cost-effective for taxpayers.
Beyond Bars is our award-winning media campaign to inform and engage Americans on mass incarceration. As part of the national movement for reform, we produce short videos and use social media to promote better approaches to public safety. We’re transforming hearts and minds. Much of our work is done in partnership with reform organizations nationwide to maximize impact in fostering policies that are less about building more prisons and more about building strong communities.
Susan Burton, A New Way of Life / All of Us or None
Neill Franklin, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Vanita Gupta, American Civil Liberties Union
Glenn Martin, Fortune Society
Marc Mauer, Sentencing Project
Pat Nolan, Prison Fellowship
David Rogers, Partnership for Safety & Justice
Jordan Melograna, Content Director. A graduate of the filmmaking program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Jordan has been producing, shooting, and editing video content for the last decade, with a focus on non-profit and advocacy media. Jordan joined Brave New Films in 2012. In his first eighteen months, he served as the Lead Editor and Supervising Producer of the Beyond Bars campaign. There, he oversaw the production of dozens of short documentaries, web videos, motion graphics, and other web content. He served as the producer and editor of "Law & Disorder" - the 2013 winner of the Media for a Just Society video award. He also directed and produced "Redemption of the Prosecutor" - a short documentary screened at the Chicago International Social Justice Film Festival and Atlanta Documentary Film Festival. He served as a producer and editor on the series, Prison Profiteers, which has been featured in Business Week and The Nation magazine, and was awarded Outstanding Achievement for Series, and for Writing at the Los Angeles Web Fest. In 2014, Jordan took on the role of Content Director for Brave New Films, overseeing all video and web content production across multiple campaigns and issues, including mass incarceration, drug law reform, immigration reform, workers' right, living wage, and more.
Brittany Washington, Story Producer. Hailing from Austin, Texas, Brittany has an array of creative work behind her. She was on her first set at fifteen and has been behind the camera for over a decade. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas-Austin, majoring in directing and editing. It was there she honed her craft of visual storytelling. As an independent director and editor, Brittany explored the narrative world and her love of short-form storytelling through music videos and short films. New to Los Angeles, Brittany has since shifted her focus to short-form documentary storytelling, discovering that truth truly is stranger than fiction.
Tara Kelton, Lead Editor. Tara believes that film is one of the most powerful mediums because it combines so many formats that already have the potential to be incredibly impactful on their own— audio, visual, time, and story, all in one complete package. She started out as a photographer but soon found film and graduated from the Wesleyan University Film Studies Program in CT. In 2011 she moved to LA to start her current career in film. She got her feet wet by editing trailers, TV spots, and sizzle reels for clients such as: Lionsgate, Sony and Miramax, but eventually decided to use her shooting and editing skills to help promote companies and causes such as the Preschool for All initiative in San Francisco. She is thrilled to be part of the Brave New Films team, bringing meaningful media to the masses.
Robert Greenwald, Founder & President of Brave New Films. Robert Greenwald is a producer, director, and political activist. He is the director/producer of several documentaries: Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (2006), Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005), and Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism (2004). He also executive produced a trilogy of political documentaries: Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election (2002); Uncovered: The Iraq War (2003), which Greenwald also directed; and Unconstitutional (2004).
Jim Miller, Executive Director of Brave New Films. Jim joined the organization during its founding by putting together a coalition of over 100 groups (including Amnesty International, MoveOn, True Majority, and Voters For Peace) to push our unique system of distribution and house screenings for Iraq For Sale. Since then, Jim has strengthened our distribution coalition so that our short videos now get over 1.5 million views per month. His film experience began over 20 years ago working on Bull Durham and includes being the Director of Development for The Shooting Gallery, an independent film company which produced Sling Blade and You Can Count on Me, and Head of Acquisitions for Cinema Park Distribution. Immediately prior to BNF, Jim produced the star-studded "Les Girls" charity benefits for the National Breast Cancer Coalition.
Linsey Pecikonis, Communications Director of Brave New Films. Linsey comes to BNF with a decade of communication experience and as a strong advocate for justice. Prior to becoming BNF's communication director, she was the communications director at Democracy for America, Gov. Howard Dean's Political Action Committee working to protect American workers in Wisconsin and most recently electing a more progressive Congress. She has worked crafting press strategies for a variety of groups and issues including immigration rights, LGBT rights, Labor issues, and the impact of climate change on our environment. Linsey lives in Los Angeles with her partner Nicky alongside their cluster of cats and dogs.
Tim Molina, Outreach Director of Brave New Films. Prior to joining BNF, Tim worked with MoveOn.org as a National Field Organizer where he oversaw all of CA, HI, and AK for the 2012 elections. Before working with MoveOn, Tim was a Labor Organizer with SEIU Local 1021 based out of San Francisco. Though his passion is social justice, Tim also likes long walks on the beach but prefers Mai Tai's over Piña Coladas.
Beyond Bars is a project of Brave New Films, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2005 by filmmaker Robert Greenwald. BNF's mission is to champion social justice issues by using short videos and other media to inspire, empower, motivate, and teach civic participation.