The Brave New Fellows Program offers social justice advocates 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, fellows build practical skills in digital storytelling, production, post-production, campaign strategies, outreach, research, and social media. Fellows spend the majority of the year in one of three areas: post-production, outreach and research, or social media. The fellowship equips activists to use film to support activism, and prepares them for jobs in social justice advocacy, media, and filmmaking.
To complement the on-the-job learning, fellows also meet and network with film directors, activists, journalists, politicians and organizers, and they receive training in camera operation, database management, fundraising, and more.
The Outreach and Campaigns Team is responsible for engaging a wide audience to view and share BNF's feature and short films, and to take action on issue based campaigns. The Team builds and maintains collaborative relationships with a large network of concerned individuals, organizations, community groups, schools, faith communities and legislators. The goal is to facilitate the use of BNF films for organizing, education and advocacy around key social justice issues.
The Outreach and Research Fellow plays an important role on this Team by supporting research, distribution and outreach. The Fellow researches issue areas, stays on top of current events to keep the Team up-to-date, helps set up screenings and events, and represents Brave New Films at local screenings.
- Conduct research for short films, campaigns, and potential feature film, and produce corresponding reports/briefs;
- Monitor press daily for breaking news in issue areas, specifically immigration, criminal justice system, education, gun violence, non-violent resistance, and national security, and find links in the trends to BNF's current and past films;
- Feed news to Campaigns Team and participate in devising strategies for outreach based on current events;
- Research top academic minds for upcoming films to guide framing, outreach, and collaboration;
- Build lists of organizations and groups for film distribution and potential partnerships;
- Send emails and follow-up with phone calls to community groups, universities and student organizations to promote screenings;
- Assist with facilitation at events, including screenings of feature and short films at schools and community groups;
- Assist in producing content for discussion guides and blogs - research and verify facts, develop timelines, write background, etc.;
- Provide feedback from outreach efforts and bring ideas for future groups, framing, script revision;
- Maintain and develop Brave New Educators' FB page;
- Design guides, brochures, and infographics.
- Not necessary to be a filmmaker, but must possess a strong belief in film as a tool for social change;
- Passion for progressive politics and social justice;
- Experience working in a non-profit and/or involved in activism;
- Excellent writing and verbal communication skills (bilingual is a plus);
- Organized, ability to prioritize tasks and manage time effectively;
- Experience with and interest in in-depth research;
- Background in communications, journalism, political science, sociology, humanities;
- Curiosity, flexibility, desire to learn, a sense of humor, and open to sharing ideas.
As compensation, each fellow receives $800/week for the duration of the fellowship, medical and dental insurance, and PTO. Fellows work full time (M-F, 9:00-6:00) in our Culver City, CA office.
For fellows coming from outside the United States, we assist with visa/immigration processing and compensate a portion of travel expenses. However, relocation/housing is not provided by Brave New Films.
This fellowship is a perfect fit, if you...
- Feel passionate about social justice;
- 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 visually;
- Possess a heart for progressive politics.
How to Apply
Complete and submit the application form at www.bravenewfilms.org/fellowships by Friday, August 4th, 6:00 PM (PST).