Year-long Fellowship for activist storytellers from communities of color/economically marginalized at Brave New Films

Fields: film, arts, humanities, social change, racial justice

Location: Los Angeles, California

About the Organization: Film can open our minds to hard truths and move us to action. At Brave New Films, we tell stories that mobilize people to make a difference. We believe that social justice documentaries have an impact on the most pressing issues of today and are essential tools in the hands of committed activists working for change. We need diverse voices to join us in this mission!

About the Position: The Brave New Fellows Program offers activist storytellers from communities of color and/or economically marginalized communities a one year, paid opportunity to work with Brave New Films and learn how to create and distribute media that makes a difference. By working alongside experienced staff from our production, distribution or outreach team, fellows build practical skills in digital storytelling, production, post-production, campaign strategies, outreach, research, and social media. The fellowship equips activists to use film to support their social justice work, and prepares them for jobs in nonprofits, alternative media, and documentary filmmaking. To complement the on-the-job learning, fellows meet and network with film directors, activists, leaders of organizations, journalists, politicians and organizers, and they receive training in camera operation, database management, communication, and more. Fellows are also matched up with mentors outside of BNF, already working in the fellow’s field of interest.

Fellows work full time (M-F, 9:00-6:00) in our Culver City, CA office. Program starts January 14, 2019 and goes for one year.

Special Requirements/Qualifications: This fellowship is a perfect fit, if you….

  • Feel passionate about social justice
  • Possess knowledge of progressive politics and current issues
  • Aspire to use film to support your activism
  • Love to learn by doing and pick up skills quickly through on-the-job training
  • Welcome opportunities to gain invaluable work experience
  • Appreciate a good story and can tell a compelling one
  • Can balance ambition with humility
  • Face challenges with creativity, enthusiasm, and flexibility.
Community Outreach
  • Knowledge of and passion for progressive politics and social justice;
  • Experience with campus, community, union, or political outreach or organizing;
  • Strong communication skills, comfortable communicating with all levels of audiences through various media including phone, email, and in person, (bilingual is a plus);
  • Experience with and interest in in-depth research; Experience working with data systems and/or data entry;
  • Curiosity, flexibility, desire to learn, a sense of humor, and open to sharing ideas.
Digital Communications
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Conversant with major social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Canva or other graphic design program and a knowledge of basic graphic design (i.e.: can independently create memes under creative direction)
  • Basic video editing skills in Adobe Premiere (not required but a plus)
  • Experience with and interest in in-depth research; Ability to research and digest complex issues quickly and effectively
  • Flexibility, desire to learn, self-motivated, and open to sharing ideas
  • Passion for progressive politics, social justice and activism; desire to use film as a tool for social change; Experience working in a non-profit and/or involved in activism
  • Background in communications, journalism, political science, sociology, humanities
Post- Production
  • Significant knowledge of political issues;
  • Solid Mac-based post-production skills; Proficient in Adobe Premiere;
  • Experience with camera set-up and operation;
  • Ability to tell a compelling and coherent story;
  • A consumer of films similar to the ones BNF produces;
  • Desire to push oneself and a hunger to try new things;
  • A plus, but not required:
    • knowledge of After Effects,
    • fluency in Spanish,
    • interviewing skills, scriptwriting, production skills.

Estimated Salary: Each fellow receives $800/week for the duration of the fellowship, medical and dental insurance, and PTO. For fellows coming from outside the United States, we assist with visa/immigration processing and compensate a portion of travel expenses. However, relocation and housing expenses are not provided by Brave New Films.

Deadline: September 21, 2018

Apply Here:
Brave New Films


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