BIG DAY PICTURES

Master Class in Documentary Filmmaking

with Jeffrey Brown

January 28, 2023

Lone Star Film Society in Fort Worth

Jeffrey Brown heads up Big Day Pictures and has produced a number of award-winning narrative features and feature documentaries in Europe, Africa, Asia and the USA, playing international festivals such as Sundance, IDFA, Tribeca, SXSW, Full Frame, Rotterdam, New York FF, Edinburgh, Jeonju, Durban & Rio and being released in cinemas internationally as well as on Netflix, HBO, Showtime, PBS, Amazon, Hulu, ESPN, AMC, Sundance Global, Sky TV, Starz, AXS TV and others.

Recent feature docs include: No No: A Dockumentary (Sundance, SXSW 2014) on African American baseball pitcher Dock Ellis’s legendary no-hitter, Through The Repellent Fence (MoMA Doc Fortnight 2017, SXSW 2017) on the Native American art collective PostCommodity’s two-mile long outdoor artwork straddling the U.S. – Mexico border, Vinyl Generation on the Czech Republic’s Generation X (Santa Barbara IFF 2017), and Every Night’s A Saturday Night on Rolling Stones‘ saxophonist Bobby Keys. Other recent feature documentaries include Punk in Africa (Rotterdam IFF, NYFF 2013) on the continent’s multi-racial punk movement, Pirating Pirates (NY African FF 2016) on “fake“ Somali pirates and Yallah! Underground (Visions du Reel 2015) on the emerging cultural scene in the Middle East. Nothing Stays The Same: The Story of The Saxon Pub won the Music Doc Prize at SXSW 2019. Recent western documentaries include Cowboys which won the Audience Award at the 2019 Austin Film Festival, Cowboys Without Borders (2021) and The Outside Circle (2022). Battle for the Heart of Texas premiered at Earth X 2022.

Overall, Brown has produced 35 films, screened in over 100 festivals and 50 countries.

Documentary Masterclass: His popular Documentary Masterclass series has been held in Europe and the USA over the last decade.

Sales / Distribution: Brown acts as a Producer Rep, arranging festival strategy, sales and distribution for all media (VOD, TV, DVD, etc.) and organizing screenings at arthouse cinemas and non-theatrical community screenings. Having produced films internationally, he has extensive experience with foreign markets.


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