Justin R. Brown

Festival Director

Justin R. Brown is an Emmy-winning 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.


Alexandria Douglas

Assistant Director

Alexandria is a former film student of Tisch School of the Arts in NYC. Back from New York Alexandria wants to give back to the city that has given her so much. She has always been passionate about nurturing creatives and helping them find outlets for their art. In the early years of the Flint Youth Film Festival Alexandria worked as the Entrant Coordinator while she was attending the Media Arts and Entertainment Technology program at Mott Community College. She is happy to be back in Flint to create a place for Flint natives and youths to share their voices and experiences.


Madison LaBonte


Madison LaBonte is an aspiring film director, writer, and producer. She has worked on many small projects and personal productions, inspiring her to make this her career.
Madison’s passion comes from a long line of theater fanatics, and she has been involved with theater for as long as she can remember. She is studying media arts and entertainment at Mott Community College and will be graduating with her associate’s degree within the next year. She plans on going further with her education and is excited to make her mark in the industry.


Rodney W. Brown

Executive Producer/ Founding Director

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.