who we are

Brittany Ballard
Brit­tany Bal­lard is serv­ing her 7th year as Direc­tor of Pro­gram­ming for the Urban­world Film Fes­ti­val. From 2009–2012 she served as Man­ager of FILM FOR­WARD, a joint ini­tia­tive between Sun­dance Insti­tute and The President’s Com­mit­tee on the Arts and the Human­i­ties. Film For­ward brought inde­pen­dent films and film­mak­ers to com­mu­ni­ties through­out the world with lit­tle access to cul­tural pro­gram­ming, such as Kenyan refugee camps, rural Moroc­can high schools, and work­ers in Chi­nese fac­to­ries. Brit­tany orga­nized, facil­i­tated, doc­u­mented, pho­tographed, and used social media to pro­mote these events. Before form­ing lit­tle plow films with Jamil, she was Head of Acqui­si­tions at New­mar­ket Films and Pro­gram­mer at the Santa Bar­bara Film Fes­ti­val.  Brit­tany stud­ied with Directing/Acting Coach Joan Scheckel and par­tic­i­pated in USC’s pres­ti­gious Direct­ing Inten­sive. She grad­u­ated with Hon­ors, Dou­ble Major­ing in Black Stud­ies and Com­par­a­tive Lit­er­a­ture with an Empha­sis in Media Stud­ies from Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Santa Bar­bara. In 2012, Brit­tany pro­duced, music super­vised and secured North Amer­i­can DVD/VOD dis­tri­b­u­tion for THE AMER­I­CAN DREAM (for­merly MAKE A MOVIE LIKE SPIKE), a micro-budget nar­ra­tive feature.

Brit­tany and Jamil have co-written and will co-direct REPEAT AFTER ME, the Bay Area screen adap­ta­tion of Ayelet Waldman’s acclaimed novel, Daughter’s Keeper, for which they hold the film/TV option. Addi­tion­ally, Brit­tany and Jamil will pre­miere WILD GEESE, their first short work as co-writers/co-directors at numer­ous inter­na­tional film fes­ti­vals through­out 2013, while they develop their 3rd fea­ture film, STEAL THAT HORSE.

Jamil Walker SmithJamil Walker Smith has been a pro­fes­sional actor since the age of 6, per­form­ing in local the­aters in his native Los Ange­les, CA where he was nom­i­nated for 2 NAACP The­atre Awards and was selected as a Cal­i­for­nia Arts Scholar.  Jamil attended SUNY Pur­chase Uni­ver­sity where he majored in The­ater Arts. Over the years, he has appeared in numer­ous plays and tele­vi­sion series such as NYPD Blue, Cold Case, Touched By An Angel, Medium, and Bones. Jamil was a series reg­u­lar on the Syfy Network’s Star­gate Uni­verse. In addi­tion to his tele­vi­sion work, Jamil wrote and directed the short film, THE SON, which pre­miered at the Urban­world Film Fes­ti­val in New York City, where he met Brit­tany Bal­lard, his part­ner in lit­tle plow films. Most recently, Jamil wrote, directed and funded THE AMER­I­CAN DREAM, for which he won the New Visions Award at Cinequest and Best Direc­tor at Urban­world Film Fes­ti­val. Addi­tion­ally, Jamil won the 2013 New Lead­ers Coun­cil “40 Under 40” Media Lead­er­ship Award. Jamil is man­aged by Cal­iber Entertainment.

Jamie Kogan

Jamie Kogan man­ages the cre­ation and devel­op­ment of com­mu­nity action and advo­cacy cam­paigns for all lit­tle plow films and media projects. She uses her deep com­mu­nity ties and exten­sive non­profit man­age­ment expe­ri­ence to form strate­gic com­mu­nity alliances and part­ner­ships. Col­lec­tively, lit­tle plow and its com­mu­nity part­ners gal­va­nize audi­ence mem­bers to take action around the real issue that the films bring to light. Jamie is also the senior pro­gram man­ager of Step Up Women’s Net­work, a national non­profit mem­ber­ship orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to con­nect­ing and advanc­ing women and girls. Over the course of Jamie’s five-year tenure with the orga­ni­za­tion, Step Up has become one of the most sought-after women’s groups in the coun­try. Prior to join­ing Step Up and lit­tle plow, Jamie served as coor­di­na­tor and then man­ager for Catholic Char­i­ties of Brook­lyn & Queens in an array of youth devel­op­ment pro­grams includ­ing juve­nile delin­quency pre­ven­tion, after­school and youth employ­ment. Jamie holds a master’s degree in pub­lic admin­is­tra­tion from the Robert F. Wag­ner Grad­u­ate School of Pub­lic Ser­vice at New York University.

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