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.