Brittany Ballard is a writer, producer, curator and director of independent, narrative films. This year she completed her 8th 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 Chinese factory workers. 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, a micro-budget narrative feature. Brittany now serves as a New Leaders Council Fellow for the Los Angeles Chapter, class of 2014. She also serves on the Host Committee for Step Up Women’s Network film and media fundraising events.
Brittany and Jamil have co-written and will co-direct I Want To Be Ready, 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 are premiering Wild Geese, their first short work as co-writers/co-directors at numerous international film festivals throughout 2013/14, while they develop their 3rd feature film, Steal That Horse.
Jamil 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 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 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 and Brittany are currently developing their next two features in a trilogy deconstructing the American dream: I Want To Be Ready 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. Jamil is managed by Luber Roklin Entertainment. Read more at IMDB.
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 films and its community partners galvanize audience members to take action around the real issue that the films bring to light. Jamie is also the Managing Director 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.