who we are

Brittany Ballard
Brit­tany pro­duced and music super­vised The Amer­i­can Dream, an award-winning nar­ra­tive fea­ture, which pre­miered at Santa Bar­bara and Edin­burgh Film Fes­ti­val and over 30 fes­ti­vals and edu­ca­tional work­shops before it’s DVD/VOD release by Image Entertainment. In 2013, Brit­tany com­pleted her 8th year as Direc­tor of Pro­gram­ming for Urban­world. From 2009–2012 she served as Man­ager of FILM FOR­WARD, a joint ini­tia­tive between Sun­dance Insti­tute, Pres­i­dents Com­mit­tee on the Arts and Human­i­ties, National Endow­ment for the Arts and Insti­tute for Museum and Library Ser­vices. Before form­ing lit­tle plow films, she was Head of Acqui­si­tions at New­mar­ket Films, Pro­gram­mer at Santa Bar­bara Film Fes­ti­val, and the Media Lit­er­acy Instruc­tor for Step Up Women’s Net­work. Brit­tany stud­ied with Directing/Acting Coach Joan Scheckel and par­tic­i­pated in USC’s 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. She cur­rently serves on the Board of Direc­tors for New Lead­ers Coun­cil Los Ange­les, as well as the Media Events Board for Step Up Women’s Network. Brittany and Jamil are devel­op­ing Repeat After Me, the screen adap­ta­tion of Ayelet Waldman’s novel Daughter’s Keeper; their script won for Nar­ra­tive Fea­ture at CineCause’s 2014 F3 Women’s Ini­tia­tive. In 2015 Brit­tany and Jamil will con­tinue to develop Repeat After Me, and pre­pare to shoot their next fea­ture film, Steal That Horse.

Jamil Walker SmithJamil Walker Smith wrote, directed and financed The Amer­i­can Dream, for which he won the New Visions Award at Cinequest and Best Direc­tor at Urban­world Film Fes­ti­val. Jamil has been a pro­fes­sional actor since the age of 6, per­form­ing in local the­aters in his native Los Ange­les, where he was nom­i­nated for two NAACP The­atre Awards and was selected as a Cal­i­for­nia Arts Scholar. Jamil wrote and directed the short film, The Son, which pre­miered at Urban­world, where he and Brit­tany met and they decided to launch lit­tle plow films. Jamil most recently starred in the lat­est fea­ture from the Bell­flower film­mak­ers, Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins. He also appeared on NBC’s Iron­side, and was a series reg­u­lar on the Syfy Network’s Star­gate Uni­verse. Jamil and Brit­tany are cur­rently devel­op­ing their next two fea­tures in a tril­ogy decon­struct­ing the Amer­i­can dream: Repeat After Me and Steal That Horse. Jamil teaches act­ing at Bald­win Hills Ele­men­tary School. He won the 2013 New Lead­ers Coun­cil “40 Under 40” Media Lead­er­ship Award and majored in The­ater Arts at SUNY Pur­chase. He is man­aged by Luber Roklin Enter­tain­ment. Find Jamil’s full act­ing resume by click­ing HERE.

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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