Brave Sprout is a boutique video production house specialized in multimedia storytelling with a strong focus on interview-driven narratives. 
Brave Sprout is also me; it is a rough translation of my name, Filiz Efe.

Filiz Efe McKinney

I am a digital content producer; combining communication strategy, filmmaking, and just a hint of the unknown, my work inspires and engages viewers to take action.
After running a successful marketing communications business in Turkey, I started a new chapter in a new country by earning a Master of Communication in Digital Media at the University of Washington. Upon graduating in 2010, I declared Seattle my new home and founded Brave Sprout, my production company. This shift in career, culture, and geography widened my perspective and helped me to truly embrace the unfamiliar. It drives me to push past the “what” and dig deep into the “why” of my stories, seeking authentic connection with the audience. I bring this same approach to my teaching at the Northwest Film Forum and to my role as a KUOW board member.
Never one to rest on my laurels, I continually explore new technologies in storytelling (aka, my toys). To get my creative juices flowing, I sniff out fresh produce at farmers markets, and play mad scientist in my cozy kitchen brewing up some potent kombucha.
In addition to my for-hire work, my time-lapses (available through Getty Images) have been licensed by top media groups including NBC, FOX, CBS, and repeatedly in ABC's hit tv series, Grey's Anatomy.


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