Justin Brown

Co-Director - Films

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. 

Jordyn Bruns

Co-Director - Business

Jordyn Bruns is a junior at the University of Michigan-Flint, majoring in Mass Media Communication. She enjoys all things documentaries and broadcasting. She is a two-time 1st place award winner from the Flint Youth Film Festival for her work on the Davison High school DTV documentary Production of "Undrinkable: The Crisis Continues" which explores the Flint Water Crisis and "In the Line of Fire: Gun Violence in America." Both documentaries can be found at DTVNEWS.org. This is Jordyn's second year on the FYFF Committee and she is very excited to help teach the workshops as well as organizing the festival in July! 

Nickxit Bhardwaj

Web Designer / Editor

Nick was appointed as a web designer for this project and now helps coordinating the film festival. He is a senior and majoring in computer sciences at University of Michigan-Flint. He enjoys and likes to bring creativity to his work. He has worked on designing, updating and re-defining the databases and multiple front end design projects. He is part of the University Research Opportunity Program of University of Michigan-Flint at FYFF. He is glad to be part of this project and to contribute the Flint Community.

Zachary Atkinson

Video Editor / Promo Creator

Zachary Atkinson is a Flint filmmaker, screenwriter, and photographer. He is a former student at Mott Community College, as well as a graduate of Wayne State University.  He works to bring stories that are thought-provoking and entertaining, under the label Dismal Ghost.  Zachary is a former festival winner for his documentary about the making of a movie, called “Isolation BTS” or “Slipping into Isolation”

Jermaine Davis

Video Editor/ Promo Creator

Jermaine Davis  was born in Flint, MI. At age fifteen Jermaine  found the passion of making films by watching old classic films, and 90s and early 00s blockbusters he knew that filmmaking  was his destiny. Jermaine attended Mott Community college, where he was taught by Rodney Brown and Dave Reimbeisa. Since then Jermaine has went on to make seven short films and has won 4 flint youth film festivals awards.

Christian Thwing

Directing Team

Currently finishing his final year at Mott. Christian Thwing is a passionate and driven media arts student. He's won awards from the MHSAA and MAB for sports PSA's as well as other projects. He's also taken a liking to Photoshop and photography and is always looking for opportunities to learn more and develop new skills. Christian is excited to be working with the Flint Youth Film Festival for the first time and is looking forward to helping the program grow.

Markeice Patrick

Intern

Markeice Patrick is currently a student at Mott Community College in Flint majoring in Media Arts and Entertainment Technology. He plans to transfer to Michigan State University’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences to further study cinematography. His goals are to acquire the skills and knowledge to create films and inspire people with the content he creates. To direct a movie that’ll have a positive lasting effect on someone would be a great honor to him.

Sumer Williams

Intern

Sumer is a student in Mott Community College’s Media Arts and Entertainment Technology Program. She is driven and passionate about all things film and hopes to become an unstoppable force as a female director in this male dominated career field. Although she currently does not have any notable film accolades she is directing a short film that she wrote for one of her classes this summer! When she isn’t watching or making films you can find her serving as the co-president of Mott’s chapter of the National Society of  Leadership and Success, acting, or volunteering with theatrical productions. This is her first time working with the Flint Youth Film Festival and she can’t wait to help the festival flourish!  

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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Co-Director -Films

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