Justin Brown

Festival Director

Justin R. Brown is a writer, director, editor, and sometimes actor who has been with the Flint Youth Film Festival since its beginning. He has a background in the world of media and independent production, working in various roles with iMichigan Productions and the Peaceful Warriors Foundation, as well as founding his own production company MopHead Artistics. He has a passion for all things creative and enjoys learning new things. He holds a BA in communications and MA in liberal studies from the University of Michigan-Flint, and an MFA in filmmaking from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Justin now takes the lead on the festival award ceremony this year and is ready to take what he has learned and help move the Flint Youth Film Festival forward. 

Jessi Opperthauser

Assistant Director

Jessi Opperthauser has had a fascination with film and television since she was a small child and knew that one day she’d be working behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. She has interned with iMichigan Productions and is gaining more and more experience by working on as many local film productions as she can. She will soon graduate from Mott Community College and begin studying at Central Michigan University to major in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts.

Samantha Kolhorst

Workshop Coordinator

Samantha Kolhorst, Festival Team Member, FYFF Media Producer, is a student in the Media Arts and Entertainment Technology program at Mott College in Flint. This is her second year working on the festival and when she isn’t producing her own work, she is also involved in the Black and Gold Film Club at Mott. She is headed for a career in the film industry as a director.

Donna Ullrich

Founding Director/Mentor

Donna Ullrich has 32 years of media teaching experience and considers students her true creative medium. She is more committed to helping them become the best communicators and professionals they can be than working in her own medium – writing. She also has 35 years as a successful communications professional, and 20 years of teaching experience at the University of Michigan-Flint. She has an M.A. in Mass Communication from the University of Central Missouri and a law degree from the University of Detroit. Her undergraduate degree is in teaching with majors in journalism and theatre. She is the author of two children’s books and along with Brown, she is the co-founder of iMichigan Productions.

Rodney W. Brown

Founding Director/Mentor

Rodney W. Brown is an Award winning television producer. He has been a PBS producer in Washington D.C. and was Senior Executive Producer for University of Michigan Public Television, where he created and produced over 300 hours annually of original programming.  Brown is the President of iMichigan Productions, a digital consulting company. iMP creates content that is entertaining and audience building while working with aspiring young media students as a mentor with a peer-to-peer creative approach to become their bridge to the media jobs of the 21st Century .  Brown teaches Media Production, Documentary Productions, Media Entrepreneurship and Film Studies at Mott Community College.

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